Friday February 28, 2014
Demotivational Poster by Very Demotivational.com
I get so much email now that I've decided to start a new feature here:
Ask the Wheel Doctor! If you have a question for me, you can email me at email@example.com or by Twitter @AboutTires.
Our first question is about a not-so-compact spare tire...
I just took delivery on a 2014 Audi RS5 Coupe with optional titanium 20in wheels and sport differential. When I looked in the trunk to make sure that the spare wasn't missing, I only found a can of tire sealant, a jack and an air compressor! On questioning the manager at the dealership, he explained that in the quest for gas economy and weight reduction Audi is delivering their cars without spares. He is on their product development committee and stated that they were even thinking of run flats !!! OH NO!!! Say it isn't so. I lost 10 tires in 3 years on the last BMW I owned and won't buy another one. But that's another story.
Monday February 17, 2014
Matti Morri, Nokian's Technical Customer Service Manager
All photos © Nokian Tyres
Nokian Tyres has announced a new concept tire. Call it Studs on Demand, or just call it awesome. The tire is a copy of a studded Hakkapeliitta snow tire, but features studs that are recessed below the tread surface. Find yourself on ice and need more grip? With the touch of a button inside the car the studs pop out and Voila! Studded tire! Back on a dry road? Hit the button again and the studs retract so that you're driving on an unstudded tire once again.
Wednesday February 5, 2014
Well I guess I should've gone ahead and run
But somehow I just couldn't resist the fun
Of chasing them all, just once, around the parking lot.
Well I had 'em all out there steppin' and fetchin'
Like their heads was on fire and their asses was ketchin'
But I figgered I'd better go ahead and split before the cops got there...
-Charlie Daniels Band, "Uneasy Rider"
Steppin' and fetchin'.
All photos © Sean Phillips
It all started when Yokohama got in touch with me to see if they could send me some tires to review. "Sure." I said, because I'm not dumb and I like getting free tires, not to mention the whole "it's my job" thing. I'd be happy to throw some Yokos on the Prius and try them out.
"What tires are you thinking about?"
"Well, we're thinking about the Advan Neova AD08 R's." (See my full review here.)
Thursday January 30, 2014
Chillin' with Ivar.
Ah, Vegas. To be frank, I'm really not that into you.
Okay, so I do like feeling like a veteran going into my second year at Bridgestone's summer launch event, and said event is traditionally held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I like that quite a bit. It's the whole casino thing I could do without.
Yes, I know. Poor baby, has to stay in a luxury casino hotel. Tire people's problems, right? My wife reminds me that any time I tire of the lodgings, the restaurants and the driving of nice cars, she would be happy to go through the arduous launch events in my place while I stay home with the toddler. Since she could probably do it as well as I can, that generally shuts me up.
But to get anywhere more than 100 yards away in a casino inevitably seems to involve walking about 5 linear miles, and the idea of being pre-charged a substantial amount of money just in case I might take something from the minibar would be actually offensive if the fact that it's basically par for the course in Vegas didn't already speak volumes. Plus the whole "soulless maze designed to part fools from their money" thing just rubs me the wrong way, I guess.
View from the top.
However, none of that is Bridgestone's fault, and no amount of complaining about the lodgings can obscure the fact that Bridgestone always puts on one of the best launch events in the tire industry. So fast-forward to the next morning, bright and early.