2010 EVO FWD Tyre Test

2010 EVO FWD Tyre Test For the second time in 2010 EVO have published an excellent summer tyre test. The first test, published in July concentrated on a RWD MX5 running 205/45 17 tyres and was won by Continental with the ContiSportContact 3. In this tyre test EVO have used a Renaultsport Megane 250 Cup wearing massive 235/35 r19 tyres to test 9 ultra high performance / max performance tyres.

Unlike a number of the German tyre tests, EVO score by how the tyre feel almost as much as the actual data results, with 40% of the scoring based on the subjective feel scoring. The most important of these subjective tests is steering feel, and this punishes tyres like the new Bridgestone S001 which offered an excellent raw performance, but provided a somewhat numb driving experience.

The difference between the best and the worst tyre was just 1.1 seconds in the dry, showing just how close the competition is. In the wet this gap extended to 8.5 seconds with the Continental winning (81.3 seconds) and the Kumho posting the slowest time (89.8).

The Results

Continental haven taken another win proving they're the brand to beat in 2010. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric had a surprisingly strong 2nd place thanks to its excellent wet grip and positive feedback while the Pirelli P Zero K1 rounded out the top 3 thanks to an excellent performance, just let down by a poor aquaplaning score.

Continental ContiSportContact 5 P1st: Continental ContiSportContact 5 P
Total: 1284.2 / Dry: 299.4 / Wet: 497.5 / Subjective: 198.3 / Comfort: 100 / Rolling Resistance: 91.2 / Overall: 97.8
Positive: A strong all round performance, setting the standard in many tests. Strongest tyre in the dry and performed very well in the wet. Excellent subjective steering feel.
Negative: Slightly noisy ride

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric2nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric
Total: 1214.7 / Dry: 288.5 / Wet: 460.9 / Subjective: 192 / Comfort: 98.6 / Rolling Resistance: 79.2 / Overall: 95.5
Positive: An impressive all rounder scoring extremely well in the wet grip and subjective handling tests
Negative: High rolling resistance

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Pirelli P Zero3rd: Pirelli P Zero
Total: 1235.2 / Dry: 292 / Wet: 460.9 / Subjective: 190.6 / Comfort: 100 / Rolling Resistance: 96.3 / Overall: 95.4
Positive: Shadowing the 2nd place Goodyear in most of the test, the Pirelli has excellent handling in both the dry and wet and gives a surprisingly quiet and comfortable ride
Negative: Poor result in the aquaplaning test

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Michelin Pilot Sport PS24th: Michelin Pilot Sport PS2
Total: 1221.7 / Dry: 294.2 / Wet: 466 / Subjective: 177.7 / Comfort: 97.1 / Rolling Resistance: 93.8 / Overall: 92.9
Positive: Giving the fastest time in the dry handling test the Michelin is the sportiest tyre of the group. Excellent steering feel makes this a tyre for drivers
Negative: Slightly weak aquaplaning results and the sporty nature of the tyre gives a slightly harsh ride

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Toyo Proxes T1 Sport5th: Toyo Proxes T1 Sport
Total: 1181 / Dry: 288 / Wet: 443.2 / Subjective: 175.7 / Comfort: 95.7 / Rolling Resistance: 87.1 / Overall: 91.3
Positive: The Toyo proved to be a strong tyre in the dry
Negative: Worst curved aquaplaning results and poor scores in the wet handling tests.

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT6th: Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT
Total: 1197 / Dry: 292.7 / Wet: 463.9 / Subjective: 169.3 / Comfort: 90 / Rolling Resistance: 90.3 / Overall: 90.8
Positive: A great tyre in the dry and pretty decent in the wet too. Scored well on the road and the dry track for feel
Negative: High road noise and choppy ride

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Bridgestone Potenza S0017th: Bridgestone Potenza S001
Total: 1206.6 / Dry: 290.1 / Wet: 482.9 / Subjective: 164 / Comfort: 91.4 / Rolling Resistance: 87.6 / Overall: 90.6
Positive: A good performer in both the wet and dry
Negative: A lack of steering feel leaves the tyre feeling average

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Hankook Ventus S1 evo8th: Hankook Ventus S1 evo
Total: 1179 / Dry: 292.3 / Wet: 451.5 / Subjective: 150.6 / Comfort: 95.7 / Rolling Resistance: 100 / Overall: 88.9
Positive: Lowest rolling resistance and competitve results in the objective dry tests
Negative: Woolly feeling in the wet. Safe rather than fun.

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Kumho Ecsta KU319th: Kumho Ecsta KU31
Total: 1145.5 / Dry: 284.7 / Wet: 439 / Subjective: 148 / Comfort: 92.9 / Rolling Resistance: 93.4 / Overall: 87.5
Negative: Good dry pace
Overall: Poor wet performance, lowest subjective score.

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Pick up a copy of EVO issue 150 for the full results.



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