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Race driver for a day: Michelin Pilot Sport Experience

I’ll be blunt. I’m shitting myself. There’s nowhere to hide as my instructor tells me that I’m first-up. The car is ready and, with the track sufficiently dry, slicks are still being bolted on to the car as I make my way towards it, ushered by one of the crew members holding an umbrella over me...

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2016 Performance Tyre Test
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2016 Performance Tyre Test

Owning a performance car is a pricey proposition. More so, when you consider the on-costs of actually using your car's performance in a manner that is both enjoyable and rewarding. Apart from the mechanical maintenance requirements, which include brake and engine fluid changes, the most expensive consumables are indeed brake pads and tyres...


What to do when you damage a wheel
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What to do when you damage a wheel

I’m sure most of us have heard that horrible sound. That crunching crash that gives you a jolt as you realise you’ve just decorated your alloy wheels with gouges and scrapes. Gutter rash does happen, and it doesn’t have to ruin your week. There’s no doubt that the trend towards larger rim sizes, in even fairly non-sport oriented cars, has continued...


What to do when you damage a wheel

What to do when you damage a wheel

Gutter-jumpers, kerb-crushers, pothole-thumpers - if you fall into any of these categories then it's likely you've damaged a wheel or two during your driving career. In fact, I’m sure most of us have, at one time or another, misjudged a corner or failed to see a pothole and heard that horrible graunching sound...

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Pirelli P Zero and Dragon Sport Review: Pushing new tyres to the limit at the Shanghai F1 Circuit

Pirelli P Zero and Dragon Sport Review: Pushing new tyres to the limit at the Shanghai F1 Circuit

If I told you that it was genuinely hard work to test a new tyre with a bunch of supercars at a world famous Formula 1 circuit, you probably wouldn't believe me. Well, it's true. It is actually hard work. With these types of events, there's no reference tyre available, nor is there a method of quantifying tyre performance...


Pirelli Dragon Sport launched: High-performance tyre exclusive to Asia-Pacific
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Pirelli Dragon Sport launched: High-performance tyre exclusive to Asia-Pacific

Pirelli has revealed the Pirelli Dragon Sport tyre in Shanghai this week, which is rubber designed exclusively for aftermarket fitment in the Asia-Pacific market. The high-performance tyre has been designed to offer consumers a safe and sporty option that can be fitted to their car to replace OEM tyres...


Pirelli P Zero launched: Latest tyre benefits from F1 technology enhancements
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Pirelli P Zero launched: Latest tyre benefits from F1 technology enhancements

Pirelli has taken the wraps off the all-new Pirelli P Zero high-performance tyre in Shanghai this week, revealing two different tread patterns and 11 variants. The latest P Zero tyre joins a line of P Zeros that first launched in 1986 with tyres attached to the incredible Lancia Delta Integrale...


Goodyear unveils tyre concepts to get autonomous vehicles rolling
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Goodyear unveils tyre concepts to get autonomous vehicles rolling

Tyre maker Goodyear has unveiled two futuristic concepts at this year's Geneva motor show, headlined by the Eagle-360, a radical new design intended for the driverless cars of tomorrow...


Goodyear celebrates a centenary in Australia
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Goodyear celebrates a centenary in Australia

With all the changes we have seen happen to cars in Australia over the past five years, let alone the last ten, it's staggering to think there is one thing that has remained constant for the best part of a century.  Rubber tyres. Goodyear, one of the most famous names in tyres, celebrates its Australian centennial this year...


Kumho awarded top prize for futuristic all-weather tyre concept
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Kumho awarded top prize for futuristic all-weather tyre concept

Kumho has claimed a top design award for a futuristic tyre able to vary the position of and space between its tread blocks. Dubbed the Kumho Maxplo, the super-low aspect ratio tyre features tread blocks that claim to have the ability to adjust their position to suit a range of weather conditions, from completely dry to snow...


Car Technology : Driving on a flat run flat tyre
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Car Technology : Driving on a flat run flat tyre

Run flat tyres cop a lot of flack, yet BMW continues to offer Run Flat Tyres (RFTs) as original equipment across most of its range and has done for decades, while among its European competitors, Mercedes-Benz has developed its own version in recent years and Audi is yet to come to the party...


Car technology: driving on a flat run flat tyre
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Car technology: driving on a flat run flat tyre

Read the article here. What are run flat tyres? Essentially an RFT is a self-supporting tyre with a very different construction to that of a conventional pneumatic tyre. The sidewall is made of thicker rubber and has been reinforced to make it stiffer. It's this section that will bear the weight once the air pressure is gone...


DIY: Easter Tyre Safety Check
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DIY: Easter Tyre Safety Check

Protect yourself and your family with a DIY tyre safety check this Easter long weekend. Unpredictable weather and increased traffic volumes make the Easter long weekend a highly dangerous period on Australian roads. Standing water, rapidly changing conditions, high speeds, driver fatigue and frantic holiday traffic can make an Easter getaway a dangerous proposition...


DIY: Easter Tyre Safety Check

DIY: Easter Tyre Safety Check

It takes just five minutes and it could save a life. You can take steps to protect yourself and those you love by conducting a DIY tyre safety check before you hit the road this Easter long weekend. With unpredictable weather and increased traffic volumes, the Easter long weekend has the potential to be a highly dangerous period on Australian roads...


DIY: tyre changing tips

DIY: tyre changing tips

Chances are we'll all eventually find ourselves in this sticky situation - stranded on the side of a busy road with a flat or punctured tyre. No need to panic. Most people, whether they know it or not, are more than capable of changing a tyre - provided of course, the spare and tools haven't been long ago ditched to make way for more boot room...


Low profile tyres: how low can you go?

Low profile tyres: how low can you go?

Next time you’re driving, take a look around and I’ll bet you spot a set of 45 aspect, low profile tyres on a car that didn’t roll out of the showroom with them. Their popularity from both an aesthetic and performance enhancing perspective shows no sign of waning...


Tyre Hieroglyphics Explained
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Tyre Hieroglyphics Explained

Do you know what those markings on the sides of your tyres mean? If you do, that's great. If you don't, you need to read on… A lot of us rely on trusted experts to deal with our tyres without ever understanding exactly what connects us to the road. That's just lazy! Especially so when you consider the fact that tyres are the most important link between our vehicle and the road...


Continental developing tyre tread depth monitor for 2017 release
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Continental developing tyre tread depth monitor for 2017 release

Continental is developing a tread depth monitor, which it hopes to roll out into production tyres from 2017 onwards. Rather than measuring tread wear visually, as a human would do, Continental's tread depth measuring technology is actually just software that uses the sensors employed by the company's tyre pressure monitoring system to new effect...


Tyre recycling scheme to find uses for old tyres, create new jobs
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Tyre recycling scheme to find uses for old tyres, create new jobs

A joint initiative of the Federal Government and the Australian tyre industry will explore new uses for almost 50 million tyres that are discarded domestically every year, with a view to creating new industries and jobs...