For high speeds in use on roads.
In case of an increased load, the tire's contact with the ground widens, resulting in short braking distances and excellent cornering stability.
By linking together certain elements, the tire achieves steering precision and optimum traction for fun driving.
A special compound used within the tire ensures excellent grip and low rolling resistance.
Secure grip in wet conditions is crucial for safe driving. Performance is graded into classes, A to G (although D and G are not currently used). The stopping distance between a class A tire and a class F tire can be as much as 18 metres.
Reduced rolling resistance saves fuel and cuts CO2 emissions. Class A tires deliver the best fuel efficiency, with each subsequent class through to G increasing fuel consumption by between 0.42 and 0.56 mpg for a car which does 36 mpg.
This is the external noise made by the tire and is measured in decibels. The more filled bars shown on the label, the louder the tires.