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5 October 2011

Porsches are designed for everyday use, so there is no reason why they should be forced to take shelter in the garage for the winter months.

A wide range of ‘winter’ wheel and tyre sets designed primarily for added safety, are now available from Porsche.  They also offer improved performance and everyday practicality in cold weather and difficult driving conditions.

Below +7 °C, the tyre compound of a typical ‘summer’ tyre begins to harden and braking distances are increased. As parts of the UK have experienced particularly harsh winter weather over the past couple of years, Porsche recommends the use of ‘N’-rated ‘winter’ tyres below this temperature to ensure continued driving pleasure throughout the colder months.

Benefits of winter tyres include:

Porsche ‘N’-rated tyres are designed exclusively for Porsche vehicles and meet high standards for driving stability, comfort and fuel consumption. They also offer optimum compatibility with the functions of Porsche chassis control systems, with no risk of damage to components or wheel clearance problems. They also meet Porsche requirements for durability and stability at high speed.


4 October 2011

As we approach the colder months, you can improve your car’s braking, accelerating and steering performance simply by fitting the right tyres.

Winter tyres are a hot topic, and rightly s.  For five months of the year UK temperatures average less than 7°C, a critical temperature below which winter tyres outperform regular tyres.

Made of specially formulated compounds that harden less as temperatures fall, and covered in hundreds of grip-inducing ‘sipes’, winter tyres give better performance in cold, wet weather, as well as in snowy and icy conditions.

According to the British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association, a car fitted with winter tyres, braking from 62mph on a cold, wet road, will outbreak a summer tyre by around five metres.

On snow at 30mph the difference is 11 metres, while the same vehicle breaking on an icy road at just 20mph would pull-up eight metres shorter – a crucial two car lengths less than a vehicle using summer tyres.

“Tyres can have a major effect on a car’s performance, improving its safety and keeping it moving in winter conditions,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.

“Winter tyres provide greater grip and handling, reducing braking distances in cold, wet conditions as well as on snow and ice. With temperatures starting to drop and the wetter seasons approaching, motorists should make sure they have the best tyres for the road and climate conditions.”

A set of winter tyres should not be viewed as a cost, but an investment. By swapping from summer to winter rubber for half the year, both sets will wear half as much, lasting twice as long as a single set of tyres. Franchised dealers and Motor Codes garages can advise drivers on the most appropriate tyres for their needs and will ensure that choices match manufacturer specifications.

On the Continent, many countries have legislation that requires the fitment of tyres appropriate for the climate with a summer/winter tyre change a common occurrence.

In Germany, winter tyres represent 48% of the market while even the likes of Holland and Belgium have 18% and 16% uptake respectively.

In the UK, the past two harsh winters saw the cold weather tyre market grow significantly, with the market 10 times bigger than in 2003/4 but the size of the market is still tiny compared to other European countries, with just 0.4% of the market using winter tyres.

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