Do Michelin make different varieties of Pilots? In the porsche world PS2 and PS4s are king!
When I bought my VX Caterham, it had what looked like a brand new set of 16" Michelin Pileups fitted. A huge amount of tread and even some of the whispy rubbery things on the side wall. The very first time I drove the car in mildly moist conditions, it did it's utmost to chuck me in the hedge. On the advice of seasoned club members, I binned the 16" rims in favour of 13" and shod them with Yoko A048s
Talk about chalk and cheese! When I looked at the Pileups, I finally understood how they got that moniker. Honestly, they were like wood. Despite their low mileage, I suspect their condition was brought about by years of UV exposure and very little use.
Ditto for factory Pilots. Eventually threw them away despite the vast amount of remaining tread.
The one advantage to tyres with limited grip is you are going a lot slower when you crash
1.6K Roadsport SV
Bought a one year old Jazz for the wife as a shopping trolley. (I know hackneyed Jazz jokes to follow).
First thing was to ditch the Japanese Dunlops replacing with Michelin 'Green' Primacy 3.
For a less than a 'performing' car in the handling department the ride & control has improved a lot. To the point that I get moaned at when driving trying to push the car to the limits of adhesion!
We have a Jazz. It's an excellent tool for doing the jobs asked of it, including transporting the human-powered vehicles. And *currently our only car apart from the Seven.
Thanks for the tip about tyres.
* Probably going to be a Tesla Model Y.
I think a major issue with tyres is the lack of mass in a Seven. Major players build tyres for the market, i.e. cars that have become heavier.
That extra mass works the tyre harder but Sevens struggle to get them working...my opinion obviously.
In 1973 I had a 7 Series 3 with Goodyear G800s .In the dry it was fantastic, the only car including my present 7 which was 'like running on rails', but in the wet terrible. I ended up putting it up a curb and into a wall one morning when late on my way to work.
Do I win for worst tyres on a 7?
I had 15" Michelin Pileups on my first 7. Driving to Dartford to pick up a small spare part, about a mile from the factory, in the wet I slammed sideways into the curb. Limped along to the factory with horrible rear-end noises, and left it there for a new rear axle, 13" wheels and new tyres!
My first , an ex factory, motor show 1.4K SS had Michelin MXVs . They looked very sexy , and I am sure they endowed the likes of Mercedes 300Es with decent grip . But on a very light sports car ...Jeez . On my first few trackdays I spun repeatedly , My fault , but complicit in my ineptitude was a tyre which gripped quite well - until it didn't . Breakaway was sudden , un- heralded and often terminal. I knew I was no Senna - or even a hungover Gerry Marshall- but it was downright embarrassing .
I bought a set of Yokohama AO32s and became a driving god overnight . Well, sort of - at least I never managed to spin on my local High Street again ....