GRIP, GRIPPIER, GRIPPIEST
It’s strange, this whole car business. Cars are getting bigger at a Big-Mac-a-day rate, while speedometers are also growing longer legs. Yet, the total contact area between a car’s tyres and the road rarely strays north of an A4 page size. While it is slightly worrisome, this size also strikes a compromise of sorts between grip and rolling resistance. Dunlop has, however, decided to make lemonade and launch its SP Sport FM800 range of tyres. Using a new silica-based compound, the tyre maker has managed to reduce rolling resistance, while also increasing grip thanks to the surface rubber that forms around the small indents in the road surface. As a result, it outperforms Dunlop’s current range by nearly 15% in wet braking distances, while also showing a significant improvement during wet handling. The FM800 is rolled out in 42 different sizes, ranging from 14 to 18” wheel sizes.