Home TYRES & THE TRIALS CAR by Grant Campbell

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Trials Car Tyres are just as important to the performance of the car as in any other form of motor sport. Even though our rules say that they need to be road tyres, and any aggressive pattern is likely not to be approved, the compound and pattern are all important. Front engined cars are allowed to run flat tyres, which is a huge advantage, although this tends to shred them somewhat so a nice tyre is still important.

All trials tyres seem to last for about three seasons, at which time the leading edges wear off - reverse them halfway through the season for better grip.

These MXTE Michelins actually work quite well on swing axle cars that I've built, and I bought a set after driving Peter Hill's car in a trial. The reason is probably that as the wheels tuck under the chunky bits on the side dig in. Not so on my car. They didn't work well at all, backed up by Andrew Stritch's lack of traction using the same type of backend as mine.