while driving a
MINI Cooper S
(205/45 R17) on
a combination of roads
Inherited these on a recent second hand car purchase
Fairly mediocre in the dry, lack any real feedback at all
But that is not the highlight, the wet grip is like having banana skins on each corner.
Approaching a roundabout in mildly damp conditions at approx 20 mph - leisurely pace for the road, no real traffic (thank christ!) and the back end let go without any warning whatsoever. I mean literally no feedback that it was going to go, one minute planted and going around the roundabout from 6 to 3 o'clock position and at 12 o'clock position the back end swung out 90 degrees! Luckily managed to recover into a drift with a swift bit of steering and exit out of my intended target - all down to years of experience on the road, track and IAM advanced driving. If the wife had been driving the car would have been smashed no doubt at all.
Only slightly positive thing is that given they appear to be made from a non-wearing rubber compound they should last an eternity, assuming you don't write your car off in the wet of course!