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Best car tyres: evo performance tyre test - Aquaplaning

This year we put the most popular 19in performance tyre, the 235/35 R19, through evo’s uniquely demanding test

Aquaplaning

Aquaplaning tests reveal the point at which a tyre is no longer in contact with the road - the point at which it offers no control. We measure the speed at which each tyre over-speeds by more than 15per cent in a straight line and similarly in the wet, though the calculations mean that the speed and rating don’t always correlate. Topping both tests is the Dunlop with the Goodyear close behind. The Toyo puts in a strong performance to finish third in both tests while the Continental, Falken and Michelin are in touch in the straight-line test but a long way off the best in the curved test.

Straight-line aquaplaining

TyreMax Speed (kph)%
1Dunlop86.3100
2Goodyear71.099.0
3Toyo83.696.9
4Falken82.395.4
5Michelin82.095.0
6Continental79.892.5

Curved aquaplaining

 TyreMax Speed (kph)
1Dunlop69.1100
2Goodyear71.099.7
3Toyo68.497.7
4Falken68.185.3
5Continental66.783.4
6Michelin66.579.4
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