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Vredestein Ultrac Vorti review

Indian-owned Dutch maker Vredestein was once the king of the wet, but the latest generation of its tyres has failed to enhance its reputation.

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

Oldest design on test – a replacement is needed

Indian-owned Dutch maker Vredestein was once the king of the wet, but the latest generation of its tyres has failed to enhance its reputation. When the surfaces were wet, the Ultrac Vorti struggled and was some way off the pace set by newer designs.

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It was furthest from the leaders in curved aquaplaning, although it was much closer in the straight test, where the tread can work without being distorted. Wet braking was also a concern, as the Vredestein needed around three metres longer to stop on average than the test-winning Michelin.

That lack of wet grip could be felt on the handling circuit, too, as it required more lock than rivals. Braking in the dry was closer to the best, but still only eighth. It fared best for dry handling, placing third.

Buy the Vredestein Ultrac Vorti from Black Circles

Price £102.50 
Dry handling 99.50%=3rd 
Dry braking 95.10%8th
Wet handling 98.00%=5th 
Wet braking 89.10%9th
Wet cornering 97.10%8th
Straight aqua 96.40%9th
Curved aqua 79.30%9th
Rolling resistance 85.30%8th
Cabin noise 98.40%=5th 
Overall96.20%9th
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