Tire Rack - Testing Value-Priced Max Performance Summer Tires
When looking for a value, one doesn't often find maximum performance. And when you want the absolute maximum in performance, it's rare to find a real value.
There's a group of value-priced tires delivering handling that lands them solidly in our Max Performance Summer category. But how well do they combine a blend of excellent traction and reasonable pricing?
Tire Rack - Testing Max Performance Summer Tires
We always look forward to testing Max Performance Summer tires — the
proverbial running shoes for cars. They're the pinnacle in tire technology,
blending the latest in tread compounds and internal components with highly
To find out how they drive, we selected several of the best and two of the
newest to compare.
Tire Rack - Dunlop Direzza ZII Introductory Track Drive
When rumblings of a replacement for the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec
began, its fans debated the pros/cons of any change while they waited to
see if improvements could be made without losing the good in an already
The goal was simple if not easy: improve dry traction/handling without
sacrificing any wet/wear characteristics.
We found out if they succeeded in this preview of the Dunlop Direzza ZII.
Tire Rack - Testing Value Priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires
We often assume a good deal comes with a catch. After all, there is no free
When it comes to tires, there is a wide range of brands, products and
prices. Finding the best balance of performance and price yields a good
value. Among today's Ultra High Performance All-Season tires, there are a
number of good choices. How do they perform?
Tire Rack Tire Test - Testing Max Performance Summer Tires Tuned for North American Drivers
Driving in the U.S. and Canada vs. Europe or Asia is very different. The
condition of our roads, the mix of urban driving plus extended highway
cruising and even consumer preference vary. Continental Tire recognizes
this as they develop tires tuned specifically for North American drivers.
To find out how well their most recent example, the ExtremeContact DW,
meets the needs of the North American market, Tire Rack compared it to
three other Max Performance Summer tires: the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric,
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 and Pirelli's P Zero.
Hankook Tyre Comparison
A car wearing worn tyres which are low on air pressure will take almost two
full car lengths longer to stop from 100km/h on a wet road. This video
shows the results of a test just released.
The leading Australian tyre and suspension engineer who conducted the
tests, Graeme Gambold, says: "That's the difference between going straight
through the intersection, straight into the car or truck in front of you,
or hitting a pedestrian -- it's that significant,"
Tyremaker Hankook commissioned to conduct the braking tests as part of its
tyre safety public awareness campaign called Pump it Up.
HF Tire Changer
This is longer than I wanted it to be. They say the devil's in the
details, so for someone who's never used a manual tire changer, this may be
The first few seconds show quick snapshots of the process so you can see if
it's has the info you're looking for.
For a safer way to get the bead to seal, check out joshuaburks' vid
For dimension on the changer and the tool holder, here's another vid.....
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Hankook Tire: The Future of Tyre Design
The high performance tyre of the future will be very different to the tyres
we drive on today, if the results of a recent design competition are a
A Hankook Tire competition in the US has challenged some of the country's
brightest industrial design students to imagine the role of tyres in
automotive design from new angles.
The winning entry by University of Cincinnati student Ben Zavala took the
brief somewhat literally, with his Tiltread car tyre rolling into corners
at an angle like a motorcycle tyre.
Zavala's breakthrough idea was to split the tyre into three parallel ring
sections, each mounted on a corresponding split section of wheel.
As the wheel turns and leans, the three tyre sections are individually
raised or lowered, allowing them all to maintain traction with the road
Tiltread's wheels are hubless and contain an electric drive motor which
varies power to each tyre section, allowing the sections to spin at
different rates during cornering.
University of Cincinnati associate professor Ralph Zammit said the
competition demonstrated just how great an impact improvement in tyre
design could have upon the overall efficiency, ecology and economy of road
"Hankook proposed a very challenging assignment that provided the students
with real-world insights as to how tyres are currently designed,
manufactured and the performance issues they must address," said associate
"Students were especially encouraged to consider sustainability needs such
as reducing and reusing raw materials."
Second place in the competition was taken by Mark Hearn who imagined an
off-road tyre called Motiv, which features numerous height-variable,
non-pneumatic tread blocks that can adapt to extremely rough terrain
without risk of blow-out.
Third-placed Miranda Steinhauser's proposal for an eco-friendly tyre also
impressed the competition judges.
The Tessela tyre's easily removable tread components allow consumers to
replace worn-out tread when required, rather than the whole tyre carcass,
reducing tyre waste and landfill.
Models of the first, second and third placed tyres were displayed on the
Hankook stand at the 2012 SEMA automotive show in Las Vegas.
Winter Tyres v Summer Tyres: the Truth! - Auto Express
Fore more videos visit: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/videos/
British motorists tend to run summer tyres on their cars all year round,
regardless of the weather. However, as our exclusive comparison test shows,
this can be very dangerous.
We headed to Sweden to compare the performance of summer tyres with winter
tyres on snow and the results were quite shocking.
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Features & Technology
The new Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 (H452) represents the ideal balance of an
ultra-high performance tyre, without compromise in safety, and will be one
of Hankook Tyre Australia's volume selling tyres.
The S1 noble2 features a triple-radius profile that maintains maximum grip
under ultra high performance all-season driving conditions, and offers
lower rolling resistance for increased fuel efficiency. The tyre was also
developed through the use of 3D vibration analysis technology which
produces an advanced mould profile, designed to deliver uniform contact
pressure on the tyre's centre and shoulder blocks for secure braking
performance. Straight rib blocks are applied to the outside of the tyre to
reduce road noise.
Advanced 3D 'kerfs' have also been applied to the tyre to reinforce winter
traction and prevent wear without hampering wet and dry handling
The S1 Noble2 is available in 16-inch to 20-inch sizes, from 215 to 245
cross section, with aspect ratios of 40 to 55 and a W (270km/h) speed
rating. Priced from just $160 (incl. GST), this will allow entry into the
Hankook Great V8 promotion, until Jan 31, 2014, for as little as $640 for
the purchase of four S1 noble2 tyres.
For more information on the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2, visit
Hankook Ventus V2 Concept Video - Pep Boys
The Hankook Ventus V2 Concept H437 is for drivers with a passion for
performance. This tire delivers all-season traction no matter the weather
with its innovative Twister System 3D Wave Pattern Channel that forcibly
removes water from the tread contact patch, so you always have control.
The Hankook Ventus V2 Concept is available at your neighborhood Pep Boys
Auto Store today and shop online at
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Everything That You Wanted To Know About Tires
In this video, Jeremy from 1A Auto explains everything about car and truck
tires. Read below for helpful tire math, and the Speed, Load, and Class
- Tire Sizes
- Tire Age
- Tire Construction
- Tire Speed Ratings
- Tire Load Ratings
Here is a Tire Load Rating Quick Reference
Here is a Quick Reference for Tire Classes, Construction, and Acronyms
Bonus info (because we love math)!
Want to figure out how wide a tire is in inches? Just multiply the width by
the magical number .03937.
Example Tire Size: 235/45/17
235 x .03937 = 9.25 inches wide (This is the width at the widest. Usually
the tread itself is slightly less, because the tire "balloons" slightly at
Want to figure out the overall height of a tire in inches? Just do the math
below. It's easy!
Example Tire Size: 235/45/17
235 x .45 = 105.75 (That's the total height of the sidewall in
millimeters. Now we need to convert it to inches.)
105.75 x .03937 = 4.16 inches
Now since the diameter of the entire tire includes two sidewalls and a
wheel diameter, we have to add them all up...
17 + 4.16 + 4.16 = 25.32 inches
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