Performance tyres - racing tyres for the road
If you are looking for performance tyres in Horncastle, you will find numerous models from the UHP segment here on our Simon Rawdon Tyres website. The experts at our modern, fully equipped workshop can certainly fit the tyres for you as well.
Ultra-high-performance tyres (UHP) are also referred to as "road racing tyres". But what differentiates sports tyres from regular tyres? And is it recommended to use professional racing sports tyres on private vehicles?
UHP tyres on a sports car
UHP tyres usually have a very low cross-section.
Racing tyres are specially designed for motor racing. They are generally not permitted for road use. However, some high-quality tyres are also available for private use. For the performance tyre segment, the following classes can be distinguished:
- High-Performance (HP)
- Ultra-high performance (UHP)
- UHP tyres are classified according to two criteria:
- Speed class (speed indices V, W, Y or ZR)
- Profile cross-section (ratio of height of tyre edge to width of tread is 45 percent or less)
Race tyres allow high speeds
Racing tyres, sports tyres and UHP tyres are all derived from the engine sports segment. The design and the material characteristics of the tyres enable higher speeds to be achieved than with standard tyres. On the other hand, however, the wet-grip properties and the shorter product life need to be accepted. Owners of PS-strong vehicles, however, appreciate the good grip, the stable cam position and the short braking distances, which ultra-high-performance tyres from manufacturers like Pirelli, Continental or Michelin offer.
Disadvantages of racing tyres: low wet grip and high wear
Good moisture retention requires profile grooves in which water can flow (negative portion of the profile). However, to ensure that racing tyres have sufficient grip, their profile always has a very high positive proportion. The most extreme example are the slicks, which are used in the Formula 1.
The second disadvantage of racing tyres results from the speeds being driven. Thus, a tyre is heated up very strongly at high speeds. This promotes wear. As a rule, UHP, sports and racing tyres have a lower life expectancy than other classes of car tyres.
After this little bit of information, enjoy browsing our fantastic assortment of performance tyres. If there is a particular type of tyre you are after and can't find it on our website, please call us.