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What Are High Performance Tires And Who Needs Them?
By Barney Garcia
In the early 1980's Goodyear Tire prepared a few high performance cars, mostly the Chevrolet Corvette. The tire's roots were based in formula one racing. The tire's design was very different than most passenger car tires and was an overnight victory with devotees of the race car. The tire featured a low profile side wall, large tread blocks for good dry traction grip, a very stiff sidewall and a nylon cap over the steel belts to hold the tire together at high speeds. The tire received a unique sidewall rating and it was designated with a "V” which meant the tire had been safely tested in the laboratory to stay together at speeds as high as 149 mph. This is the first time the high performance tire was made in America.
This tire was an instant hit and were also very costly, even by today's standards. It was not uncommon for them to cost over $200.00 each. This was an immense price for a tire considering the average tire cost around $45.00 at the time.
Since then however, the high performance tire has made its way onto almost every modern car. This is because automobile manufacturers found that high performance tires helped cars handle better, corner better, stop better, steer better, were safer and worked well with anti-lock brake technology.
During this time tire manufacturers began to produce a multitude of intermediate high performance tire known as "touring" tires which were designed to accede to high performance demands and lessen ride and wear issues. Within a few years, there was an entire
high performance tire categories which include Ultra-high performance,
performance, touring, cosmetic performance, touring performance, etc.
technology advanced, automobile manufacturers began to equip nearly
everything with a performance tire even the mini van because of one
simple reason: they help sell cars because they are attractive and
because of the benefits they add to the cars steering and braking.
of this was that a consumer would buy a family sedan and then end up
unexpectedly having to pay up to 700 dollars for replacement tires.
This creates problems because consumers don’t want to pay for this
because they don’t believe they are “performance” drivers so, instead
of replacing them, they end up driving on bald tires. But the fact
is that we are all performance drivers. Everyone profits from performance tires because they are safer, stop better, react quicker, steer better and
are less likely to blow out on the highway. They react and work much better with
modern car systems, and so, it is a good idea to look into getting performance
tires, if not for your flashy sports car, at least for your own safety.