Avon performance range a popular choice
As the tyre brand of choice for numerous race teams and track enthusiasts around the world, Avon tyres has taken its expertise and understanding of race tyres and applied the same principles and technology to its ultra high performance road tyre range. Catering for luxury saloons through to high-performance sports cars, Avon’s ZZ5 and ZZ3 tyres are intended to provide the highest levels of grip and handling on the road and track.
Avon’s latest ultra high performance offering is the Avon ZZ5. This replacement for the ZZ3 was designed and tailored specifically for driving enthusiasts and high-end sports cars, the tyre was introduced in 2011 following an intensive test regime that took the compound through the roads and race tracks of Europe, in both wet and dry conditions. Countless laps of the famous Nürburgring circuit, as well as a number of top level proving grounds across Europe, gave Avon’s tyre engineers confidence in the worth of the newly developed Tri-Arc mould shape, which Avon says improves the contact pressure distribution and therefore balance and tread wear.
The tyre’s new and improved asymmetric tread pattern has wide, open slots on the shoulders improving handling in dry weather and bolder, continuous open central grooves, helping reduce the chances of aquaplaning in deep water. The tread blocks and siping have also been designed to cut through thin films of water to further enhance braking performance in the wet.
The roadholding performance of the ZZ5 has not compromised the overall ride quality and functionality of the tyre, Avon reports. ‘Optinoise’ technology ensures a reduction in road noise compared to its predecessor, and a rim flange helps protect alloy wheels from damage. Fuel efficiency has also been improved, partly due to the silica-enriched rubber formulation, which also helps endow it with impressive straight-line stability.
Initially launched in nine 18 and 19-inch fitments, the range continues to grow as the ZZ5 becomes ever more popular with performance drivers. It is available in Y speed rating.
Avon says its ZZ3 remains a very popular tyre amongst performance car owners and comes in a range of sizes and fitments, allowing customers to select a tyre for their needs and requirements. W and Y speed rating options are available. The British tyre maker says the excellent handling and responsiveness it provides are core reasons for the ZZ3’s success, and the product continues to be one of Avon’s biggest-selling UHP offerings. This handling and responsiveness remains very predictable on-the-limit, says Avon, providing the driver with confidence heading into corners and capable of performing at increased speeds. The tyre maker also points with pride to the tyre’s wet and dry performance characteristics.