If the latest tyre test published by auto motor und sport teaches us one thing, it is that consumers shouldn’t blindly trust the European tyre label. The German magazine tested nine highly-ranked summer tyres, yet some of the test results were at odds with the figures printed on EU tyre labels. The Kumho tyre – which achieved an ‘A’ label rating for wet grip – effectively failed the test, while the Bridgestone participant was only ‘conditionally recommended’. Auto motor und sport awarded top test honours to Continental’s SportContact 5.
The latest edition of Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport contains its annual summer tyre test, and 2014 is something of a jubilee year – the magazine published its first tyre test exactly 50 years ago, a test that pitted modern radials against conventional cross-ply tyres. This year’s winner in the size 205/55R16V comparison – a size unimaginable half a century ago – is the ContiPremiumContact 5. Tyres that were “recommended” include (in order) the Uniroyal Rainsport 3, Pirelli Cinturato P7, Dunlop Sport BluResponse, Toyo Proxes CF2, Hankook Ventus Prime 2 and Michelin Energy Saver+. The Premiorri Solazo and – surprisingly and disappointingly – the Bridgestone Turanza T001 were only “conditionally recommended”. The Westlake Radial RP 18 and GT Champiro VP1 E/C were labeled “not recommended”. The tyres were tested fitted to a VW Golf.
According to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, Michelin intends to make an announcement regarding its stance on F1 tyre supply later this week. The publication believes the French manufacturer will voice its readiness to bid for the contract. The question is, it adds, when it would be ready to begin? Would Michelin be ready in time for 2014? That is unlikely, Auto Motor und Sport opines. It’s much too late for a tender covering 2014 as teams must be informed about tyre sizes by 1 September.
Despite an anticipated decision the question of next year’s Formula One tyre supply still remains unanswered, yet various news sources report that Pirelli has moved up to ‘pole position’. While the latest meeting of the Technical Working Group ended without a tyre supplier being named, Germany pubilication Auto Motor und Sport reports Pirelli may now be the front runner.
A German motor racing magazine has disclosed that Formula One decision makers may be in favour of modifying the championship’s tyre regulations for the 2008 season. Auto Motor und Sport magazine reported on July 30 that Bridgestone could be asked to offer a wider selection of tyre compounds at each grand prix – a move intended to increase the strategy options available to participating teams.
The championship’s smaller teams are reportedly more strongly behind the idea, while the major players have given a lukewarm response to any such changes. Bridgestone too is said to be less than enthusiastic, as implementing the proposed changes for next year’s season would involve additional expense and preparatory work.
Goodyear has been aiming to help reduce the risks associated with the traditional April shower by promoting wet weather safety on the radio. Goodyear has been tackling this head on with a series of interviews promoting wet weather safety on radio stations up and down the country. After all, 32 per cent of road accidents occur in the wet.
Pirelli’s P Zero Nero has emerged as the winner of a summer tyre test carried out by the German magazine auto motor und sport. Ten well-known brands in tyre size 225/45 R17 Y were tested. The Pirelli tyre was top points scorer in seven out of ten categories tested and performed particularly well in wet testing, scoring 99 out of a possible 100.
After the STW race series, the new European Roadster Challenge (EUROC) is also under threat. As it seems that the German Touring Car Championship (Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft) will be successfully revived this year, well-known drivers anticipated to take part in EUROC have begun to look elsewhere at the last minute. Who will be equipping the Touring Car Championship teams with tyres is also not yet clear, although an exclusive contract is talked of, with auto motor und sport magazine already naming Dunlop. On the other hand the involvement of the Michelin subsidiary BFGoodrich in the EUROC series seems to have come to nothing even before the first race, unless Bernie Ecclestone can be persuaded to allow these cars, in which immense sums have already been invested, to take part in the Formula One circus.