Sport Driving FAQs
Calling all petrolheads and speed demons – this month, Auto Exhausts & Tyres are answering some popular questions regarding sporty driving. If you’re a newbie and are excited by the idea of track days, but are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information out there regarding high performance driving, then hopefully the answers listed below get you on the right track.
What is the correct way to break in my new tyres?
Sporty driving isn’t all about going fast – well, not all the time. If you’ve just purchased a new set of performance tyres, this doesn’t mean you want to put the pedal to the floor as soon as you clamber into your car. Instead, drive gently for the first few miles, this allows the various materials that comprise the tyre to stabilise, and ensures that the tyre is perfectly positioned on the rim.
What happens if I change the size of my tyres?
As you may know, performance tyres tend to be quite a bit wider than regular tyres. The reason for this is as follows: upsizing your tyres improves steering precision and response, normally at the expensive of ride comfort, however. So, make sure you keep this in mind before you decide to upsize – you could be in for a bumpy ride.
What happens to the responsiveness of my tyres at high speeds?
In short, it decreases. This is one of the problems which investing in performance tyres will combat, as the materials and shape of these tyres are such that they will still offer a decent response time at high speeds, significantly limiting the normal loss of responsiveness.
Does the date of a tyre’s manufacturing affect its performance?
As different kinds of tyres are made of different materials, it’s not easy to say. On top of this, for each tyre, diminishing performance will depend on a number of factors such as the climate, storage conditions (for example, temperature and humidity) and usage (that is, load, speed, inflation pressure and any damage caused by the road itself) to which the tyre is subjected.
Given the fact that all of the factors listed above vary so much, it’s almost impossible to assess how much effect age alone has on a tyre’s performance. In addition to regular checks by you, it is advisable to have your tyres checked regularly by a qualified professional who will determine whether or not the tyre needs to be replaced.
How can I extend the life of a tyre when track driving?
Make sure that you build up speed gradually and, once you have done some quick laps, be sure to do some cooldown laps too. Also, it’s worth noting that two four-lap runs will do less damage than one eight-lap run.
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