Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Nov 21, 2012 15:38:57 GMT -5
I find myself wondering what actual testing folk carry out regarding tyres.
My tyre needs continue to need sources, so I thought I'd gather a few points of view.
Some folk might have noticed that my cars are or 'the earlier kind', these same folk might also have noticed that I make an effort to maintain a degree of modesty regarding tyre width.
I am only too aware of the performance of different materials, and where possible have opted for Scalextric tyres for front fitting (due to their stretching abilities and lack of grip (!) and urethanes for rear fitment for their stretching abilities and high grip.
All seemed to be pretty well figured out until a day or so ago when I tested Danny's T59 (Pyro based) Bugatti. This car is fitted with urethane versions of the Matchbox tyre, commissioned by Danny from Wayne Slot. Minimal contact, maximum grip.
Why do most tyres appear to be about 6-7mm wide?
I did do some test between 5mm wide (tread width) tyres and similar 7mm wide tyres with little difference, though the sets of tyres were not prepared together,
The MG K3, 4mm tread width, treads now worn off (A30 urethane) is now one of my best performers.
The Bugatti is also running on 4mm tread tyres and I have been looking at a uprated motor, whilst the next K3 will also be built with a higher capacity motor.
The tyres fitted to Danny's Bugatti will be used on my Airfix 1904 Mercedes.
Any comparison tests in tyre widths by other members would be appreciated.