Cars This is why tyres are the most important modification for your car

17:56  19 april  2017
17:56  19 april  2017 Source:   Road & Track

Ricciardo: Chassis should be stronger

  Ricciardo: Chassis should be stronger Daniel Ricciardo doesn’t believe the Red Bull chassis is as strong as it could be, but understanding the new tyres could be key to reducing the gap. Red Bull has been out of the title fight so far this season, and Ricciardo doesn’t believe that’s entirely down to the engine. “I feel like we’re kind of where we’ve always been in terms of the gap,” he told ESPN. “The deficit is kind of where it’s been [the last two years]. The reliability is a bit of a question mark but the others have had their issues as well. Ferrari have had some things going on in practice and so on, and they won the race. “Right now, if I would say engine or car, I’ll probably say the car for now. I know what we can do with a good chassis and less power – we can still put ourselves in the fight. So I think the engine deficit is pretty much what it always has been. For sure I’d love more, but we’re not maybe as strong as we should be from the chassis point of view.” Red Bull is currently third in the constructors’ championship, but has less than half the number of points as Mercedes. The team is expecting an engine update from Renault as early as the Russian GP, but if the chassis is also weaker than expected, more will be needed to catch up with Mercedes and Ferrari. That’s where the tyres come in. Drivers have found it hard to manage the new, harder, Pirelli compounds so far this season, and Ricciardo believes understanding the tyres could give Red Bull the edge they need.

Why is this important ? Your Car tyres are pretty much the most important part of the vehicle. This could not be further from the truth. Tyres are the only contact the vehicle has with the road.

Safety first. Staying safe and legal is extremely important when modifying your car . It is essential to remember that too many modifications can affect the road handling of your car . Important points to consider when fitting bigger wheels and tyres is to

This Is Why Tires Are the Most Important Modification for Your Car © Brian Silvestro This Is Why Tires Are the Most Important Modification for Your Car

If you're an avid Road & Track reader, you already know tires are one of the easiest, most effective ways to make your car perform better. But how much does tyre performance really matter in real-world situations?

Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained decided it was time to swap out the old, mismatched all-seasons on his Honda S2000 for a set of high-performance Bridgestone RE-71R summer tyres. In order to show us how much of a difference the rubber upgrade made, Fenske measured stopping distances from 60 mph on both sets, and the results are pretty astonishing.

Sainz ecstatic as tyre gamble pays off in China

  Sainz ecstatic as tyre gamble pays off in China Carlos Sainz is ecstatic after a courageous decision paid off in a big way after being the only driver to start on slick tyres during today’s Chinese Grand Prix. Many drivers experimented with different tyres as they headed to the grid as the track was still damp in some areas of the track but also very dry others but Sainz took the decision completely of his own accord despite his team’s differing advice. “What a race, I just don’t have words to describe it!,” Sainz said. “On the grid I said I wanted to start the race on slick tyres and everyone thought I was completely mad! It sounds like a funny moment now, but when everyone took the blankets off the tyres and my race engineer told me that we were the only ones the supersoft tyre I doubted my decision… “When you’re on the grid, about to start a race, and you take a tough decision like today’s, there’s a lot of weight on your shoulders, knowing that you might have blown away a good result for the team… but I then said to myself, c’mon trust yourself, it’s the right thing to do!” Despite a spin early on, Sainz battled through the pack as the cars in front jumped into the pits to head onto the tyres themselves, thanks to an early safety car period the Spaniard was even catching the leaders due to wild gamble.

Why ? - Because tyres are probably the most important component of any vehicle - they’re the only part of the car actually in contact with the road surface.

A dull topic for most , but your tyres are the single most important part of your car and can either save your life or end it, depending on their condition.

While the all-seasons were only able to manage a 60-0 run of 136 feet, the new summers pulled off the same stop using just 107 feet-almost 30 feet less. Additionally, the Bridgestones were able to generate 20 percent more g-forces of deceleration, giving us an idea of just how effective they are.

Watch for yourself as Fenske explains the importance of good tyres using cold hard data.

Renewed calls for MotoGP qualifying format change .
Ahead of the third round of the 2017 MotoGP season in Texas, several riders have expressed their desire to have the current qualifying format altered. Introduced for the 2013 season in a bid to make free practice more interesting for spectators, MotoGP’s qualifying session is split into two 15-minute shoot-out sessions, with combined times from practice deciding who takes part in what session. At the end of free practice three, the top 10 on the combined times make direct passage into the pole shoot-out session, while the rest contest QP1, with the fastest two from that session making it into QP2. Last year, LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow called for the format to be changed, as he believed the mini qualifying runs at the end of each free practice were ‘a waste of time’, and that the majority of the field would prefer qualifying groups be decided purely on the times at the end of FP3. Crutchlow argued that riders were disregarding tyre allocation for QP2 just so they could secure a place in the pole shoot-out group. To counter this, the Grand Prix Commission agreed to give the top two from QP1 an extra soft tyre for this season. Former Tech 3 and Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso has joined the Briton in asking for change, as has Pramac Ducati’s Scott Redding.

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