Performance Tyres and Their Peculiarities

September 23, 2017 By Mike Lee
Last updated on October 17, 2018

Who doesn’t want their car to be faster? You shell out lots of money on suspension and engine modifications, but the result isn’t worth the efforts… Why? Nothing will really work until you change your slippery tyres for four really sticky circles. The thing is, you need performance tyres. The British expert tyre dealer, explains what performance rubber is and how it helps to translate your vehicle’s power advantage into acceleration and fast cornering.

What’s so special about performance tyres?

Superior handling, perfect grip on both wet and dry, short stopping distance, and mind-blowing speed… It’s all about performance tyres. They are designed to help your car achieve its potential. They are for those passionate drivers whose objective is not only getting from A to B but also a true driving excitement. Technologies that are responsible for the top-notch performance are

  • a low and short profile for improved cornering,
  • large and often smooth tread blocks for superior dry traction,
  • lowered angle belts providing a more agile steering response,
  • wide and rigid apex for better cornering power and
  • a compound designed for great grip and traction on both dry and wet pavements.

Because of their pliant grippy compound, performance tyres usually wear out approximately 4 times faster than regular ones. So if a performance tyre usually gets AA rating for traction, the rating for the tread wear would be 400 or so. You should keep this in mind while shopping for performance tyres.

How to choose real performance tyres? 

A performance vehicle is intended to work in tandem with performance tyres to achieve the pinnacle of its capabilities. If you want to buy the real thing, don’t even look at all-season rubber, even labelled as ‘ultra-high performance’. Their wet and dry road traction is compromised by the attempt to make them somehow grippy in the freezing cold. Opt for summer tyres, which are also called ‘three-season tyres’, and try to buy the best max-performance tyres you can afford.

Performance tyres are pretty expensive, and it’s logical. If you have shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars for your ‘hot wheels’, it’s not reasonable to skimp on tyres and buy an inferior brand. How do you know that the tyre you are looking at is good? Well, when it comes to performance rubber, standard categories can be confusing. The best ways of selecting performance tyres are either to seek advice from people with the same passion who know a thing or two about great tyres or consult real tyre experts.