After last winter slipping about I changed car tyres to four winter tyres. The transformation is unbelievable. Traction is excellent through snow, on ice and also heavy rain and slush.
The car is a rear wheel drive Lexus GS300
The Tyres are Pirelli Sottozero Serie II.
Winter tyre test UK, Real world test of winter tires
A side by side comparison in real world conditions of winter tyres and
summer tyres on rear and front wheel drive cars. Test conducted in December
2010 in Wales on untreated private road. Conclusions are that any winter
tyres is better than no winter tyre, new winters are much better than worn
ones, and a rear wheel drive car with good winters on is just as good as a
front wheel drive one in the real world.
Snow Hill Challenge (2WD vs 4WD) (All Season vs Snow Tires)
*Correction 2nd gear reduces torque applied and does not slow down
rotation.* But why I was saying that is because from a start, a NON
Slipping wheel making traction does spin slower than a wheel just spinning
quickly right off the bat. You know what I mean, so just watch the stupid
In this video we go over a variety of vehicles with different tire and
traction device setups and see how they do on a snowy incline.
Dodge Sprinter: All Season Tires, RWD & Traction Control
Mazda Protege: All Season Tires, FWD
Chevy Silverado: Studded Snow Tires, RWD, G80 Locker
Nissan Frontier: All Terrain Tires, 4WD, Electronic Locker and Traction
Go Fast have Fun
Winter Tyres or 4x4: which is best? - Auto Express
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Winter tyres are going to be on a lot of minds this year - Britain could
face a particularly harsh winter this year, with snow falling from as early
as November. If you've got a four-wheel drive car, you probably think
you're properly prepared - but are you?
We went up to Tamworth Snowdome to find out if a front-wheel drive car with
winter tyres has more traction in the snow than a 4x4 with summer tyres
fitted. We used two Ford Kugas, both with 2.0-litre diesel engines and
manual gearboxes - but one is front-wheel drive, and the other all-wheel
drive. The 4x4 Ford Kuga costs £1500 more than the normal model.
In snowy conditions the rubber in summer tyres gets harder and less grippy.
Winter tyres use a softer compound, and a tread pattern that's designed to
pick up snow - improving grip in these harsh conditions.
In our first test we saw that the front-wheel drive car on summer tyres was
hopeless in the snow - but when fitted with winter tyres, it obviously did
much better. However we also tested the 4x4 on summer tyres - and the
results might surprise you.
With winter tyres, the normal Kuga went 110 metres up the slope, while the
4x4 car only made it 13 metres up, before sliding back down 9 metres. in
the end, it ended up no further than the standard did with summer tyres.
We also tested the four-wheel drive Ford Kuga with winter tyres - and the
difference was astonishing. There was plenty of grip and the car drove all
the way to the top of the steep ski slope without a problem.
Obviously, the best solution for driving on snow is to have a 4x4 on winter
tyres - without the right rubber, a 4x4 is just as useless as a two wheel
Having four-wheel drive won't help with braking, though - and that's much
Tire Rack - Winter Testing at the Arctic Circle: Studdable Winter/Snow
Once again from Northern Sweden, home to a number of great winter test
sites and plenty of snow and ice, we tested a tires ability to accelerate,
brake and drive through the Arctic snow and on ice.
This round included several Studdable Winter / Snow tires, each featuring
deep treads molded in aggressive patterns designed to dig their way through
the snow while including molded-in holes to insert optional metal studs for
enhanced ice traction. We compared the General Altimax Arctic (both
unstudded and studded) along with unstudded Firestone Winterforce and
Pirelli Winter Carving Edge tires.
Winter Snow Tires vs All-Season Tires vs Summer Tires testing on Ice
Do you really need Winter Tires? Watch as Tire Rack compares the
difference between winter/snow tires, all-season tires and summer tires by
evaluating acceleration, stopping and cornering capabilities using an ice
rink as their test track.
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