Mew sets standard when snowed under
Gambold says tyres developed at the research centre have led to developments including the studless snow tyre. More recently, at BMW’s instigation, it has developed a stud-less and run-flat snow tyre now made by Hankook and Pirelli.
Gambold says 95 per cent of the world’s vehicles are sold in the northern hemisphere, where there are long, hard winters.
‘‘We get 30 companies at the proving ground each year, with 500 engineers and we test 3000 tyres,’’ he says.