Bridgestone’s Blizzak LM005 tyre has won the Auto Express Winter Tyre Test 2020 beating 205/55 R16 tyres from seven other manufacturers to the top of the table. Auto Express cited the tyre’s performance in the wet as a key factor. The tyre, which boasts an ‘A’ tyre label grade for wet grip across the full range, has secured Bridgestone’s first Auto Express test win and follows on from a series of improved results in recent times. However, there were strong performances from Hankook’s Winter i*cept RS2 (2nd) and Michelin’s Alpin 6 (3rd). At the same time, we have to note that Hankook Goodyear and Dunlop each won individual categories as well as Bridgestone, of course. Looking forward, Continental’s TS 870 has to be described as the one that got away because it’s market-beating performance couldn’t be counted owing to the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic has delayed the new tyre’s release for a year.
TyreSafe is giving away prizes galore in the last week of Tyre Safety Month to participants of its TyreSafe Test. Prizes have been donated by supporters of the UK’s tyre safety charity, including some of the best-known tyre brands and retailers, and range from race tickets to branded gloves and caps, tread depth gauges and T-shirts.
British racing driver James Walker will return to the gruelling Nürburgring after a four-year hiatus, driving a Dunlop-shod BMW 235i in the ultra-competitive VLN series. After a successful 15-year career spanning single seaters and sportscars, Walker moved his family back to Jersey and gave up racing, until being tempted back to racing in Germany on 22-23 September.
As atonement for the “tremendous trouble and concern” caused to customers and stakeholders a result its improper fuel consumption test reporting, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced the resignation of company president and chief operating officer Tetsuro Aikawa and that of executive vice-president Ryugo Nakao. Their resignations will take effect on 24 June, the day of Mitsubishi’s ordinary shareholders meeting.
Pirelli’s Cinturato P7 Blue has won the summer tyre test conducted by Russia’s Za Rulem magazine. Meaning ‘Behind the Wheels,’ the magazine is a popular monthly publication in Russia focussing on cars and the automotive industry.