A few days ago, while working on a project here at RightTurn, someone mentioned high performance tires. When I heard the term, I imagined sleek, speedy Italian sports cars zipping down a beautiful coastal highway — James Bond style. But, I still wasn’t totally sure what exactly high performance tires were, so I did a little recon.
It turns out that the name is pretty self-explanatory…high performance tires are designed to enhance the performance of high performance vehicles. Basically, high performance vehicles are designed for speed, which means that they need to have really good handling, traction, and stopping capabilities. High performance tires are essential to maintain these qualities.
They’re able to do this because they’re made out of particularly soft rubber that makes it so that the tires can easily cling to the road. This stickiness allows the tires to handle better and also makes it so they can come to a complete stop in a shorter amount of time. High performance tires are also designed to be a bit shorter and wider than other tires, meaning they have a greater area of contact with the road. In the end, this gives the tires better traction.
High performance tires definitely can offer a lot of benefits when used with high performance vehicles, but you have to make sure you’re using them in the right weather. High performance tires work best in warm, dry weather. So, if you live in a climate that is often wet and cold, then make sure that any high performance tires you want to use are designed to be used in that kind of weather.
So, I guess my instincts were kind of right. That car James Bond is zipping around in during his high-speed car chases probably does have performance tires after all.