Tyre Grip Explained In The Excellent Michelin Tire Guide

The Michelin Tire Guide is a detailed booklet to help you understand tyre grip. Be warned it is comprehensive. There is physics and chemistry.

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Where To Start In Vehicle Dynamics? – Tires!!!

For anyone who is has been advised “Tyres are where you need to start in vehicle dynamics!” then this guide should really help you.

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Tyre grip explained in the excellent Michelin Tyre Guide
Tyre grip explained – Grab this Michelin Tire Guide

This guide is well written but quite heavily engineering and science based. If nothing else it shows you just how much is going on with the tyre. The measurement and study of grip is complex.

Even this super detailed guide to explain tire grip is only scratching the surface. How the suspension interacts within this system of tyre, track, car and environment adds another layer of consideration.

Everything on a car – road, track or race car – begins and ends with the tyre however so I would recommend taking your time and working through this pdf.

Hope it helps. If you’ve any tire questions, sign up to my newsletter below? and email them in. If you have a question it is likely that others do too so lets see if I can help.

For more on tyres – practical guides with some free tools – try these articles:

How to set your racing car tyre pressures perfectly (every time)

Procedure for setting racing car tyre pressures accurately

What should the temperature of your racing car tyres be?

The 2 main ways to measure racing car tyre temperatures

Guide to interpreting tyre temperatures (inc FREE spreadsheet)

Where to start with race car setup?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Have a read and let me know your thoughts once you’ve had a read!

I promise I won’t find your questions … tiring ?


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