The rather uncomfortable staging of this poor girl by the wheel well of a Mustang is a startling reminder of one of the most important and often overlooked aspects of car ownership. No, not the harmful effects of self-tanners on paint or the misuse of scissor doors on a Ford, but proper tire selection. Surely our Ridelust readership does not need to be reminded that a quality set of rubber is easily the most cost-effective way to add performance to your car. But as young Misty here can no doubt confirm by her vantage point, tire manufacturer Vredestein provides one of the more striking examples with their Ultrac Sessanta summer tire .
In collaboration with Giugiaro Design, Vredestein’s newest ultra-high performance tires were developed with modern sports cars firmly in mind. Though what they have produced is visually appealing tire, (if you are the sort of person who can appreciate a lovely tire tread), performance is really the goal here. Reviewers are happy to report that the Ultrac Sessant lives up to Vredestein’s reputation based for quality and one of the lowest of rates of manufactured defects in their tires.
A key feature of the Ultrac Sessant is it’s Longitudinal Design which uses a wide circumferential groove placed asymmetrically on the inside of the tread. Alongside this groove are curved grooves that gradually bend away towards the outer edge of the tread. The sloping circumferential grooves are never completely in the contact area. The footprint therefore actually has four circumferential grooves, three of which are at a small angle. A second feature is its Handling Tuned Tread Compound formula of silica, various types of active carbon, and a temperature-sensitive resin. All of which ensures outstanding handling on both dry and wet surfaces.
The tire also uses a Parametrical 3D Design, that guarantees each specific tire size has been precisely calculated to optimize the tire contact patch. Finally, Vredestein has ensured minimal deformation to the sidewall occurs by using two rayon layers in the tire carcass.
Vredestein’s Ultrac Sessanta is available in sizes 17, 18, 19, and 20 and has been assigned a speed rating of Y for speeds up to 186 mph. You can stand up now Mistie.