Mix eleven 235/35 r19 ultra high performance summer tires, one 300bhp Ford Focus RS and a large dose of German attention for detail and you end up with one awesome tire test!
In 2010 Sport Auto have tested 3 of the newest big brand tires (Potenza S001, Sport Contact 5P and the new P Zero), Korea latest darling (S1 EVO) and 7 other of the usual max performance contenders - it should be a good shoot out!
Unlike a lot of the European tests where the results bias towards wet performance, Sport Auto knows we buy these sort of UHP tires for dry performance and ultimate laptimes and have weighted the results accordingly!
The results? It's extremely close at the top with few surprises, but further down the table things get interesting.
On to the full results...Key: EU - Price in Euros | HA - Handling (lap time in seconds) | CL - Constant Load | DR - Driving | ST - Steering response | BR - Brakes (from 62mph) | AQ - Aquaplaning
Bridgestone Potenza S 001
|The S001 is a very balanced tire in the wet with neutral handling and excellent grip. In the dry, the grip is excellent, the only drawback is a slight lack of steering precision from the front wheels|
Continental Sport Contact 5P
|The Sportcontact 5P has taken a good step forward from it's predecessor, the Sportcontact 3. It is more sporty with great steering feel and excellent braking qualities in the dry or wet. It's extremely consistent in all ten tests.|
Hankook S1 Evo
|The Hankook is the best wet weather tire in the test, offering the highest levels of grip. It also offers excellent performance in the dry, but like the R001 it has a slight vague feeling through the steering compared to the Conti, P Zero and Michelin.|
Pirelli P Zero
|While the P Zero is the most expensive tire on test, it underpins this with very good performances. It offers consistent, excellent handing in both the wet and dry with quick reaction to steering inputs. Slightly let down by braking.|
Michelin Pilot Sport 2
|The Pilot Sport 2 is the oldest tire on test, but still one of the best tires for dry performance offering an excellent direct steering feel. The Pilot Sport 2 is let down slightly by its wet handling on the limit with the Focus RS getting a little oversteer. The Pilot Sport 3 was introduced to address these wet weather weaknesses.|
Nokian ZG 2
|A good safe tire in the dry and wet. The Nokian Z G2 isn't the sportiest tire on test, but at the same time it isn't the worst tire on test. A good long term option.|
Dunlop SportMaxx GT
|The Dunlop SportMaxx GT is a tire of two minds. It is excellent in the dry, but let down by it's wet performance.|
Toyo T1 Sport
|The Toyo T1 Sport responds well to initial steering input, but then changes to understeer. In the wet, the braking is disappointing.|
Vredestein Sessanta Ultrac
|The Ultrac Sessanta convincingly wins the aquaplaning test but then disappoints in wet handling by offering little feedback through the wheel and strong understeer.|
Kumho Ecsta KU39
|While the KU39 offers strong braking characteristics it gives very little feedback to the driver resulting in a doughy steering feel. It also lacks traction in the wet.|
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric
|The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric is a great feeling in the wet with neutral behavior on the limit and gentle load change reactions. Let down by numb feeling in the dry.|