The presentation of “spikes” was timed to coincide with the Swedish stage of the World Rally Championship in Uddeholm. The surroundings of the town are not only picturesque forests, but also lakes, which in winter turn into ideal training grounds. On one of these ice lakes, the organizers and marked the test track. It's nice that, contrary to popular tradition, rear-wheel drive cars have become the carriers of new tires. Bundles of fast and slow turns allowed plenty of "tail." For too dashing a ride I get a comment from the instructors, but, in my opinion, it’s stupid to be careful at the training ground, where wide safety zones are covered with fluffy snow.
However, for the entire duration of the exercise, my BMW never flew off the track - the tires turned out to be really reliable, and the control of the car was very pleasant, both with and without ESP. I especially liked starting off and acceleration: it is very convenient to control slippage on ice and snow. There are no sharp breakdowns at the corners, the glide is quite smooth, and traction is also gently restored.
Of course, racing "nails", toothy checkers and other rally signs on this tire can not be found. However, French tire workers (since 1990 the brand belongs to the Michelin group) not only carefully worked on the tread and composition of the mixture, but also ordered larger spikes for Turvanaste. Their core (carbide insert) is slightly higher and wider than usual, which increases the surface in contact with the road by 8%. In addition, a thick rod is held tight in the stud body, the same, in turn, is also slightly thicker in the flanges and sits more tightly in the tread. There are two flanges, and the heel is mushroom-shaped; such a thorn loosens less and, accordingly, clings better to the road. According to the developers of the tire, the landing of this stud is 30% stronger than the usual single-flange. By the way, tires with steel, more resistant to chemicals and abrasive wear spikes will be supplied to Russia. In the Scandinavian version, the spike body is lighter, aluminum.