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Old 01-07-2014, 06:27 PM
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Michelin super sport summer tires

It is too cold to use these tires for the next few days. The car is grounded!


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Tire Rack will tell ya no....But i say go. As long as no snow or ice.
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It is too cold to use these tires for the next few days. The car is grounded!


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Most tires in this category include a warning about use in sub-freezing temperatures, even in dry conditions. The tread rubber loses its elasticity and a considerable amount of grip.
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just drive like a formula 1 drivers do for the first few laps to warm their tires up
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Traction will be reduced in temperatures below 40 degrees. You can drive with them, but any snow or ice and you won't be able to stop or start moving. Rain will also greatly reduce traction.

If you just need to get the car from point A to point B, just drive slowly. Take turns more slow than you normally would.
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Well that is news to me. I have Pirelli P Zero low profile 19" (30 and 35 profile) are they also cold inhibited?
For sure they are no ice or snow tires but they for sure should be drivable in cold as well.
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Well that is news to me. I have Pirelli P Zero low profile 19" (30 and 35 profile) are they also cold inhibited?
For sure they are no ice or snow tires but they for sure should be drivable in cold as well.
Probably. You can go to Tire Rack's web site for this make/model tire and pull up Pirelli's warranty. The cold weather warning should be in there.

In my pre-retirement years I can recall several exotic cars that crashed due to driving on high performance tires in freezing temps.

The issue with high performance tire tread compounding and sub-freezing temps is related to the rubber compounding strategy and its 'glass transition temperature' (GTT). Simply put, it loses elasticity ability to grip the road surface.

The sensitivity to sub-freezing temps increases with even "higher" performance tires such as DOT "street legal" tires that will actually crack (like a frozen Snickers bar) in frigid temps.

Tire manufacturers have actually stopped shipping "street legal" type tires during the Winter months as they have been known to crack in shipping containers...certainly on cars that attempted to use them in frigid temps. Ice balls.
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I took my Michelin Pilot Super Sports off before the real cold weather hit. Not only was snow in the forecast, but those tires were starting to slip noticeably, even on dry pavement. Sure, you could always just take it slow and easy. But what if you have to make some kind of evasive maneuver? You can't always plan to brake nice and easy if somebody pulls out in front of you. You live in MD - you should be putting winter tires on the car from late November through mid-March.
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My first year in N/VA I used the oem Bridgestones in the winter. I didn't have a problem in the dry or wet, although I am sure the grip was less. I did have a lot of problems when rain turned to freezing rain on the commute home in the evening. I had very little grip, but was able to drive home slowly. After that experience I got winter tires on cheap rims now and they are much better in packed snow and ice. Plus, if I damage the rim, I will just get another cheap one. The only problem is ground clearance in snow, because there isn't much in a coupe with sport suspension. I think you can get by with summer tires in MD, unless you have snow or ice.
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In Las Vegas I can tell when it is in the thirtys in the mornings my super sports slip easily as I usually drive with the computer off on my550 by late morning in the sun in the fiftys it is much better. In the summer it is like being on rails and the launch is. Great. Under hard cornering they do chunk a bit. At Jackson barrier I did a ride along in a zr1 on super sports and they bunked also


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