Saturday November 30, 2013
All photos © Asanti Wheels
When you think TSW, you generally think performance. Think BBS and you think of road manners and stability. Enkei brings on thoughts of lightness and agility on the track. When you're thinking Asanti, you're going for looks.
Asanti does bling like basically nobody else. Remember the million-dollar wheels encrusted with gemstones that debuted years ago at SEMA? That was Asanti, and if you bought the set they threw in a Bentley for free just to put them on. To top that they made a set of wheels that are not only accented with real gold leaf, but have actual gold bars set into the spokes, because if you're going to ride around on gold wheels, you are obligated to not give a crap about gas mileage.
But it's simply true that basically nobody does breathtaking looks like Asanti, which is why Asanti Wheels is the next subject/victim of my Alloy Profiles series.
Wednesday November 13, 2013
Photo © Tire Review
Tiremaker Atturo garnered a lot of attention at SEMA last week by demonstrating 3D printing technology that allowed them to print out a prototype tire tread right there in the booth.
No, the tread isn't functional and nobody will be printing up tires to order anytime soon. But wouldn't that be cool? Go to your local tire dealer and watch as your new tires are spun up by a 3D printer, weaving steel and kevlar belting and then extruding rubber right over the belts! A little nanotechnology joins the belt ends and heats the rubber, squish it all together and you've got personalized tires with your car's name and some trash talk on the sidewall in whatever color scheme you chose. Or whatever. Dream big, I always say.
Alas, Atturo's engineers only use the technology to design tread patterns and print out nonfunctional models on a 3D Systems Pro-Jet Plus Color-Jet 3D printer to see them in real dimensions, which helps them design better tread patterns. That's engineers for you. Dreaming small, always whining about "what we can actually do" and "that's not physically possible, you idiot" when trash-talk sidewalls lay waiting to be born. Cowards.
Thursday October 31, 2013
Keep Halloween Safe
As October slides to a close and Boston recovers from a World Series win, as little ghosts and goblins begin to scurry around outside, the thoughts of many of my readers are turning to winter tires. I've been getting a lot of mail lately about my Top 10 Snow Tires list, including several that inspired some reviews of the Vredestein Wintrac and General Altimax Arctic. One letter led me to take a first look at Toyo's new Gsi-5 winter tire, and I came away quite impressed by the technology packed into it, and looking forward to finding out if it all works. Other people emailed to ask about snow tires for the Tesla, and the difference between Nokian's Hakka R2 SUV and the Hakka 7.
Reader Q&A: Winter Tires.
The Top 10 Dedicated Snow Tires for 2013.
And in upcoming projects:
Sebastian Vettel clinching the F1 championship points with 3 races yet to go caps a Wagnerian soap opera season of racing full of tires exploding on the track and drivers exploding off it. I'll be taking a long look back at what happened to Pirelli and F1 this year, and frankly, nobody comes out clean
And as we get ready for snow in the Northeast, I'll finishing up my summer projects with an upcoming look at Yokohama's ADVAN AD08 R street/track tire. Some friends and I will be putting Yoko's R compound tires on a project Miata T-50 for some parking lot autocross before the toys go inside for the winter.
Once the snow does arrive, I'll be taking another look at Nokian's WRG3 by subjecting it to whatever this upcoming Northeast winter can throw at it.
Have a happy, and above all safe, Halloween. Drive carefully out there.
Tuesday October 29, 2013
Photo © Sumitomo Tire, Inc.
TBC Corporation (TBC), one of the nation's largest marketers of automotive replacement tires and the exclusive distributor of Sumitomo tires in North America, announced today that it will send one lucky Sumitomo Tire Facebook fan on a thrilling, all-inclusive racing expedition as part of its Sumitomo Supercar Speedway Sweepstakes.
Headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, TBC Corporation (TBC) is one of the nation's largest marketers of automotive replacement tires. TBC's retail group operates more than 2,700 franchised and company-operated tire and automotive service centers under the brands Tire Kingdom®, Merchant's Tire & Auto Centers®, NTB®-National Tire & Battery®, Big O Tires®, Midas®, and SpeeDee Oil and Lube®.
Beginning October 28, 2013 and running through November 30, fans are encouraged to visit Sumitomo's Facebook page every week to vote for their favorite American Muscle Car or Import Sports Car. At the conclusion of the contest, 3 winners will be picked at random from the group of entries. The final winning vehicle will be randomly selected on November 30.