For the second time in 2010 EVO have published an excellent summer tyre test. The first test, published in July concentrated on a RWD MX5 running 205/45 17 tyres and was won by Continental with the ContiSportContact 3. In this tyre test EVO have used a Renaultsport Megane 250 Cup wearing massive 235/35 r19 tyres to test 9 ultra high performance / max performance tyres.
Unlike a number of the German tyre tests, EVO score by how the tyre feel almost as much as the actual data results, with 40% of the scoring based on the subjective feel scoring. The most important of these subjective tests is steering feel, and this punishes tyres like the new Bridgestone S001 which offered an excellent raw performance, but provided a somewhat numb driving experience.
The difference between the best and the worst tyre was just 1.1 seconds in the dry, showing just how close the competition is. In the wet this gap extended to 8.5 seconds with the Continental winning (81.3 seconds) and the Kumho posting the slowest time (89.8).
Continental haven taken another win proving they're the brand to beat in 2010. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric had a surprisingly strong 2nd place thanks to its excellent wet grip and positive feedback while the Pirelli P Zero K1 rounded out the top 3 thanks to an excellent performance, just let down by a poor aquaplaning score.