EVO are the only publication to put out their summer tyre test so late in the season, and while the timing is less than ideal, the content is always excellent.
2018 is no different, with the September EVO issue covering six 235/35 R19 UUHP / max performance tyres using a Ford Focus ST (we recently used the same car to test Michelin PS4 vs PS4S vs Cup 2 here)
The test winning Michelin was no surprise, the Pilot Sport 4 S always performs excellently when tested, but it was a surprise to see the Continental Sport Contact 6 bested by the aging Goodyear and Dunlop pairing. Perhaps there was some home advantage as the test was conducted at Goodyear's incredible test facility in Miraval, France.
The dry testing was dominated by Michelin and Continental, with German manufacturer just edging out the French tyre maker in all three key dry tests. The gap was tiny, with just 0.1 seconds and 0.1 metres the difference in lap time and braking distances! Third and fourth place Goodyear and Dunlop were over 1.8 seconds behind the lead two tyres, which is a large gap in the dry.
Wet testing was close for the top three tyres, with Dunlop, Goodyear and Michelin within 0.6 seconds during the wet handling lap. Michelin won the wet braking test, consistently stopping ahead of its competition. The surprise was Continental, often known as the wet weather masters, it struggled during the wet braking and wet handling testing, but won the wet circle (not listed, see magazine.) This could point to aquaplaning issues around the wet tracks, as it scored as the worst tyre overall in the two aquaplaning tests.
As usual, the Michelin was the most expensive tyre on test.
For more details on the results, please check out the September issue of EVO magazine.
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