Sponsored by: Falken Tyres
We've wrapped the CarAdvice Golf GTI's rims with new rubber from Falken Tyres: the Azenis FK510. It's proven a good all-round performer, which is handy, as that's just what Falken claims the feeling should be for drivers.
The tyre itself can be fitted to most road cars, and its design is geared toward performance, with features intended to ensure strong performance in wet conditions. Blade sipes whip water away to protect against aquaplaning, while the tyre surface has a high negative tread ratio. The sipes are small cuts in the pattern block that optimise the tyre footprint and aid cornering as they cut through water more effectively.
Falken says the pattern itself underwent testing to ensure it delivered consistent pressure distribution over the entire tyre footprint. This delivers more grip more, evenly aiding braking, direction changes and feel.
Here, Dom Wiseman talks through our experience so far.