What enables a tyre's enhanced traction and stability when cornering all boils down to its unique characteristics. From the start, engineers develop tyres from the inside and out with specific enhancements to help all drivers achieve their ideal driving experience. Here are the top features to look for if you're thinking about investing in a high-performance tyre.
Do I need a high-performance tyre?
A high-performance tyre complements powerful supercars and high-performance vehicles by increasing their stability and dry braking. Drivers that go for high-performance tyres want to achieve a sporty driving experience or unlock their vehicle's potential on and off the track.
Before choosing this tyre, it's essential to know whether it matches your environment, driving style and needs. High-performance tyres perform best in dry conditions, although some also perform well in wet weather. Generally, if you need to handle different weather conditions throughout the year, a high-performance tyre is best for the summer season.
But understanding whether a tyre fits your daily driving experience is just as important. Do you want more stability when driving at speed or while cornering? Or do you prefer a tyre that offers excellent cornering, dry braking and wet performance? When you know what your tyre needs to achieve, it's easier to choose a tyre based on what it was designed to do.
A tyre needs to balance different elements to get the ideal performance characteristics. For high-performance tyres, that means focusing on:
- Grip and traction: Maximising a tyre's grip while braking, turning and driving on straight roads at full speed.
- Handling: Handling is how well a vehicle responds to your driving. High-performance tyres maximise control during steering, cornering and braking.
- Robustness: A reinforced construction helps the tyre handle real, imperfect and sometimes challenging road conditions.
- Longevity: Grip and performance are among the top priorities of a high-performance tyre, but the tread life tends to be shorter than passenger tyres. Some performance tyres now feature a specific tread design that offsets this issue in the long run.
Potenza Sport, Bridgestone's latest high-performance tyre, was designed with all these characteristics to achieve maximum performance without compromising on longevity and comfort.