Michelin Balance of Performance: Stockholm Conference

ConferenceIt might sound odd to some people sitting around and talking about tyres but it needs to be done, they are your only contact with the road and so making the right choice can seriously affect the way your car drives and ultimately the safety of you and your passengers.

To add to that demand tyres also need to last and save you money on fuel. Save money on fuel? How on earth can tyres do that? Well that is where rolling resistance comes in to play, and correct tyre pressures. Tyres account for a staggering 20% of all the petrol or diesel your car uses. Whilst we just turn up at a dealer and wait for our tyres to be fitted, there has been years of development to get the tyre to where it is, with continued and constant R and D; they are always looking to improve and give the customer what they need. For example there is no point having the best grip if the tyre will only last 10,000 miles.

So what did Stockholm have in store for us? It was the finishing location of a very long tyre test; 30,000 km in fact. Michelin took a bold step to prove their product and enlisted an external testing facility to do it for them. The used Dekra who are a German company working in 50 countries, employing 34,000 people with 3 units, 1 of which is automotive. They do 22 million vehicle inspections a year and have gathered valuable information about accidents and the conditions in which they occur.

The Michelin Performance Tour was conducted by Dekra and they drove identical VW Golfs with identical tyre sizes, covered 500km a day over 3 months with daily tyre rotation and consistent monitoring of fuel consumption. The competitors that Michelin chose to take part were all purchased on the open market and these are the results:

Tyre Wet Braking* Tread life Extra fuel
Continental Eco Contact 3 +1.6m -11,700 miles 7l
Goodyear EfficientGrip +2.3m -9,200km 24l
Bridgestone Ectopica EP150 +0.6m -8,300km 39l
Pirelli P1 Cinturato +0.1m -8,200km 14l

The results clearly show that the Michelin Energy Saver + was able to outperform its competitors in wet braking, longevity and fuel savings – they call this “Michelin Total Performance”.

You can probably see now why it is worth investing in the right tyres to begin with.

*Wet braking tests were conducted after 18,000km.  By Rebecca Jackson RJ Internet Showroom

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