Apollo-Vredestein tyre Shops-now in Halifax-Yorkshire-UK

Apollo-Vredestein tyre Shops

The acquisition of Vredestein tyres by the Indian tyre company Apollo tyres, has in my opinion ben a good thing.

As a long standing tyre dealer I have dealt with Vredestein for as long as I care to remember. Vredestein are a Dutch company, but have been a long standing supplier to the British tyre market. They have particular expertise in the winter tyre market, making tyre products that have won many awards over the years.apollo-vredestein tyre shops

Vredestein tyres were also great corporate host. I have spent many a happy visit to their factory in Holland and enjoyed various trips out with hospitality in Amsterdam. It did come as a surprise to me when I heard of the takeover bid from the ever expanding Indian tyre company Apollo. Vredestein always had a good independent tyre dealer network and although they were expanding their product range, they always had steady growth and expansion plans. Now they have a network of  Apollo-Vredestein tyre Shops, across the UK.

A good product was always important to them. They were always quick to bring out new products to match the market introducing designer tyres onto the market and a winter tyre that was made to fit the up and coming SUV and Crossover tyre market.

One of Vredesteins flagship tyres has been the Quatrac all-weather tyres. Thee tyres were always very popular, but for some reason not in my tyre shop here in Halifax, Yorkshire in the UK. My customers always tend to go for the full blown winter tyres.aapollo-vredestein tyre shops

However the Apollo takeover went ahead and the marriage of the companies appears to have been a successful one , with each company blending and selling tyres as if it was always the way. We now sell both products, and I feel that the Apollo takeover has put a little more aggression into way that the company sells its products.

This winter we will be selling Apollo-Vredestein winter tyres that will be made by either company. In recent years there has been resurgence of the all-season tyre and throughout Europe, Apollo-Vredestein tyre Shop is capitalising on this by introducing a “Y” speed fitment and also an SUV version to its brand new Vredestein Quatrac 5 range.

The new Quatrac 5 tyre range now comes in five width sizes for 13 to 19 inch rim diameters with a speed rating from T to Y.

Apollo-Vredestein New technology known as the 3D Grip Claws

Apollo-Vredestein are keeping their research and development department in Holland and have come out with some new and interesting technologies which have made their debut in the Vredestein Quatrac 5, this is the 3D Grip Claws. The claws are arranged between the sipes in the middle of the tyre, these claws together with the sipes, ensure perfect grip on bends and make it possible to accelerate quickly, even on snowy and icy roads.

Apollo-Vredestein use Full Silica Compound

Another great point to make about the Vredestein Quatrac 5 is that it has a “ Full Silica tread compound mix”, this ensures a high degree of resistance to tread wear ; making for a long lifespan and a better rolling resistance to comply with environmental challenges.

This gives the new Apollo-Vredestein Quatrac 5 excellent results on all three aspects of the EU tyre label. This gives the tyre, the “Three Peak Snowflake symbol”, alongside the regular “M&S tyre coding”. This tyre can now be used in countries where winter tyres are compulsory in winter.

Apollo-Vredestein tyre shops across the UK

To finalise the Apollo winter tyre is also an excellent winter tyre and will become popular in the UK this winter, and available in the Apollo-Vredestein tyre Shops, including Pellon Tyres here in Halifax, Yorkshire,UK.

Apollo-Vredestein have now reached a deal to supply the Independent European tyre buying network, Point-S. Supplying  their tyre products throughout the UK. This will give them a network of Apollo-Vredestein tyre Shops across the country.

Eric Roberts

General Tyre Promotes Tyre Safety-at Dubai Sevens Rugby Tournament

General Tyre Promotes Tyre Safety

General used the recent Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens event as an opportunity to promote tire safety. General Tire was one of the partners of the event which drew thousands of rugby fans and used its booth at the tournament to provide attendees with tips to stay safe […]

General Tire Promotes Tire Safety at Dubai Sevens tournament

General Tyre Promotes Tyre Safety

Accordingly. many of my customers will have noticed that tyres and sport have tied the knot. Thus , in recent times. Of course, some better examples are Yokohama tyres and Chelsea Football club. Hence, Continental tyres sponsor the world ladies soccer team organisation. Thus , you will also see Apollo tyres at Manchester United, on the advertising boards on match days of course.

There are countless other tyre companies, with ties to sporting organisations. Tyre companies must think it their worthwhile to do this. Many other sporting ties include motor racing. Including Pirelli supporting the F1 race cars for one. Michelin support many  motor racing events including the Le-Mans 24 hour racing scene.

The list goes on and on. Therefore, it has come as no surprise that General tyres have backed the Dubai rugby sevens event. Hence, by having a tyre safety event.

General Tire used the recent Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens event as an opportunity to promote tire safety. General Tire was one of the partners of the event which drew thousands of rugby fans and used its booth at the tournament to provide attendees with tips to stay safe on the roads.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1255/GENERAL

Landsail LS988-Winrun tyres come out well in recent tyre tests-Getting to grips with Landsail tyres as they bid to banish the ‘budget’ tag – BT.com

Landsail LS988 tyres

When we claimed Landsail LS988 tyres were ‘not very good”, the manufacturer exercised its right to reply and gave us a set of tyres to try for ourselves. So has the once-budget brand come good – or not?

Landsail LS 988 came above the Michelin tyre brand in recent tests in Finland. This was a great achievement for the tyre that was branded as a budget tyre.

it comes as no surprise then that Landsail  were “not amused” when they were recently catagorised in a top ten of tyres “not to Buy”

The writer of the article, has had to promise to test the tyres for himself?

he will be using his brother BMW and has had a set of Landsail LS988 tyres were fitted for testing.

Landsail are one of the up and coming cheap tyre brands that are at the moment flooding our market. We also recommend another good budget tyre brand called Winrun. Both these brands offer good value for money. but the proof of the pudding is in tyre tests.

Continental tyres came out in first place, as you would expect, but landsail came above a Michelin tyre, which was not expected?

The tyre market has become a wash of many different tyre brands, especially coming out of China. Some of the tyres perform very well as the tyre makers try to upgrade their products from cheap budget tyres to the mid-range tyres bracket.

Most are just what they are, but they are inspected and tested and are a better alternative to buying “part worn tyres”. They are better quality because they are brand new tyres.

Another benefit to buying new tyres is that the price has plummeted in recent years. On our web site www.pellontyres.co.uk you can now buy a 205R55x16 new tyre for £38.48 all inclusive. How can you compare this when paying £20 to £30 for a part worn tyre?

Eric Roberts

www.pellontyres.co.uk

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Waste Tyres Make Diesel Fuel-Old tires find new life as cleaner alternative to diesel

Waste Tyres Make Diesel Fuel

2 pictures View gallery – 2 images Scrap tires could still help get you around with recycling technology that produces into saleable oil, carbon and steel One is an eyesore and a health hazard, the other one is plain dirty. So what do you get when you combine processed […]

Waste Tyres Make Diesel Fuel
Sights like this are not so common now in the UK

Waste Tyres Make Diesel Fuel

Massive piles of discarded waste tyres could be a thing of the past.

GDT, which was launched in 2009, has pioneered a recycling technology that it calls destructive distillation to solve this problem. Similar to pyrolysis – the process by which organic materials are broken down by high heat in an oxygen-deprived environment – it reduces whole tires into saleable oil, carbon and steel.

This is not the first article That I have done on the subject. Because I think it is important to blow the trumpet for the tyre industry. Also the industries that are striving for new technolgy to combat the waste tyres problem.

One problem that I can forsee, is that diesel is now becoming out of favour. Diesel is classed as a dirty fuel now. Consequently, it will be banned in many cities, unless the engines can be made cleaner.

However, I am sure that the diesel by-product coming from waste tyres can be put to other good uses. Perhaps fuel for plant and machinary.

While this all sounds well and good in theory, how exactly does the oil produced measure up? According to engineers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) who subjected it to a series of rigorous tests, the results are highly promising: not only did it produce a fuel with reduced emissions, there was also no loss of engine performance when blended with diesel.

Extreme Winter Tyre Information- Including The Top 7 Icy Road Myths

Extreme Winter Tyre Information

The Top 7 Icy Road Myths

Extreme Winter Tyre Information

While it is true that some accidents on icy roads are the result of drivers not exercising due care in the face of a visually apparent hazard, the actual data shows that many cannot be classified this way. The reports show that it is everyday people, like you and […]

When i first read ans saw this article. naturally, I thought it might of been over the top for my UK readers. Of course, it is mainly about more extreme driving conditions. Hence, that we have in the average UK winter.

But on reflection, I have seen some stupid things that drivers have attempted to do in snow and icy conditions. We have all seen cars and vans abandoned at the side of the road. Especially, when caught out by a sudden blizzard.

Without saying this too many times, the best protection is to fit winter tyres in November. Hence, before the onset of winter. If you did nothing else, this would make snowy and icy driving much safer.

Extreme Winter Tyre Information Nightmare on the M11

Of course, the north of the UK usually receives the worse of the winter weather. But we all remember the chaos in the south when the M11 motorway was hit by a sudden snow storm from the east. For this reason, drivers were totally stranded and had to sleep in their cars overnight.

The main problem was that many cars were stranded on an incline, with summer tyres. This forced all the other traffic to back up. Consequently, the snow settled between the stranded cars making it impossible for them to move. massive tail backs made the situation grimmer. Leaving drivers stranded overnight on the motorway.

What a nightmare?

Hankook Formula 4 -‘Talking Tyres’,Australia

 

Hankook  Formula 4 Australia Motorsport Manager Dean Evans talks us through the Ventus F200 racing slicks used in the Jayco Formula 4 Australian championship.

Another one of the up and coming mid-range tyre companies are Hankook. The South Korean tyre company have spread their operations all across the world, including the tyre suppliers for Hankook Formula 4 tyres in Australia. One of their main strategies was to emulate the bigger successful tyre companies Michelin and

hankook formula 4
Hankook tyres kitted out this Australian F4 car

Goodyear and commit themselves to the motorsport events across the world.

Hankook  Formula 4 and  one of their competitors,Yokohama tyres of Japan are battling it out to see can be the most prolific tyre supplier, Kumho tyres are also close behind.

The Australian F4 race series is run over seven rounds. Hankook Formula 4 has been  chosen by “CAMS” as the races official tyre supplier for the next three seasons. This is due largely to the merit and performance of Hankook Formula F4 racing tyres.

Also taken into consideration, will be  the brand’s ability to catapult a driver towards Formula 1. Hankook Formula F4 are also the very similar, official tyre of the European F3 series, a sport that i love to watch albeit on TV.

To give you some idea of the importance of F3 and F4 racing, this season has seen the promotion of driver Max Verstappen  to Formula 1 scene.

Hankook Formula 4  Ventus racing slick tyres have had excellent revues and have  been  universally acclaimed by the  DTM, Euro F3, British MSA Formula 4 categories and are now to be added to the Australian F4 championship, a great achievement from the South Korean tyre company.

All this helps tyre companies such as Hankook to establish themselves in the race to become a top flight tyre manufacturing company. Yokohama tyres are also hot on the heals of Hankook as both companies, and should i also mention kumho tyres, are making headway’s onto the lucrative motorsport scene and increase their market share as mid-range tyres.

Eric Roberts

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Tyre Pressures and Track Days – A Quick Guide

Tyre Pressures

Tyre Pressures

Tyre Pressures

Just a short article from Linkedin worth a look at.

Pressures are very important. Hence, the constant bombardment of information . Therefore coming out of the tyre trade and I am no exception. We see the effects of tyre pressures every day here in  my tyre business in Halifax Yorkshire, UK.

As we remove the tyres from customers cars, we can see the causes of incorrect  pressures. For this reason, the tyres wear out in different ways. The above illustration shows exactly the reasons that I am talking about.

The balance between over inflated tyres and under-inflated tyres is about the same. As expected, about 50/50. For this reason, we reckon that our customers are throwing good money away. Thus, by the fact of premature tyre wear. Hence, due to not checking their tyre pressures at regular intervals.

Of course,tyre pressures can have effects on driving experiences? What do I mean? Well, many of us will have driven an overloaded car, without knowing it. I have even seen this on motorways. Because the car or even a van is overloaded and the tyre pressures have not been increased . Therefore, the vehicle becomes unstable. The worst scenario can be that the vehicle will start to swerve or snake. Thus, before the driver brings it under control gain.

Tyre Pressures on vans

This is particularly common on caravans. As a result, the caravan can even turn over.Resulting in a nasty accident, i am sure that we have all witnessed this. Especially in the summer holiday period. Most of the time this is because the tyre pressures have not being checked prior to the journey.

Vav drivers should also be aware of the problem. Of course, you would think that most van drivers are professional people. But we can see by the wear on their tyres. Especially if they have not been checked for pressure.

Caravan Tyre Safety-More information Shared by the tyre safety organisation-Tyresafe.org

Caravan Tyre Safety

Caravan Tyre Safety

Why are tyres important? Tyres are the only part of the caravan which are in contact with the road surface. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all rely on the tyres’ relatively small contact area with the road surface. In addition, tyres also play a fundamental role in […]

Caravan Tyre Safety

Michelin Race Expertise- joint venture with Nissan DeltaWing The Tyres

 

This film shows how French tyre manufacturer, Michelin Race Expertise, created bespoke tyres almost as radical as the Nissan DeltaWing itself for the innovative project. To see …

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Michelin Race Expertise
Michelin race tyres are not just good but they are also good looking with the Michelin logo built into the side wall.

This is a good and informative video about the cooperation between Michelin and Nissan to develop a new tyre for the Nissan Delta Wing race car in preparation for the Le Mans race series in France.

One of the things that I was surprised at was the super lightweight tyres that Michelin Race Expertise  developed, and the front tyres only having a width of 4 inch?wow.

if any tyre company can develop a new tyre then it would certainly be Michelin tyres. If they don’t have the expertise, then nobody does. Michelin have been involved in the motorsport scene aver since tyres began and in my opinion they are gearing themselves up to become dominant players in the top flight of motorsport racing throughout the world.

Michelin Race Expertise will be used to help them win the F1 race series tyre supplier, but not without a fight from Pirelli tyres, I assume?

Another recent article of mine shows how Michelin tyres are also going to bid for the prestigious Australian V8 Super championships. Once again it will be the  Michelin Race Expertise that will probably help then succeed in being the tyre supplier their in place of Dunlop tyre, who are suppliers until 2017.

Michelin tyres of course support the famous Le Mans motorsport events through all car classes including their links with Porsche motorsport. Michelin race expertise was the reason that car producers wanted Michelin to develop a new tyre for luxury car makers such as Porsche.

Eric Roberts

Well worth a look at?

Eric Roberts… www.pellonautocentre.com/blog

Porsche Winter Tyres-Improve performance and safety with Porsche winter wheels and tyres

Porsche Winter Tyres

Below 7°C the rubber compound in all summer tyres hardens, causing a drop in performance and an increase in braking distance by up to 12%.* As winter approaches, ensure that you and your Porsche experience the benefits of winter wheels and tyres: improved performance, greater safety and enhanced driving […]

Porsche Winter Tyres

Porsche Winter Tyres

I dont often a single out specific cars. However in my opinion the Porsche is very special. However, I still think that the Porsche owners should think about fitting a set of winter tyres.

By doing this they will be able to drive much safer and with more confidence, should a rapid snow fall occur. What many drivers do not know is that  below 7°C the rubber compound in all summer tyres hardens, causing a drop in performance and an increase in braking distance by up to 12%.

Hence, this is the first important point to think about. Winter tyres have an added ingredient . Accordingly, in the tread and the rest of the tyre compound. This extra ingredient, is “Silica”. As a result the tyres do not harden as the temperature falls below 7 degrees.

Modern winter tyres have also many extra sipes built into them. These sipes are the tiny slits in the tread and shoulder of the tyres. These slits make a good job of removing any wet or snow from the tyres. Winter tyres are therfore, much safer than summer tyres when driving your Porsche in winter time.

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