Wet Braking

To stop quickly on a rain-soaked surface requires a different range of abilities. Which is a wet winner?

If you need to stop in a hurry, regardless of theconditions, then you’ll want to be driving on PremiumContact 2s. TheContinentals repeated their dry braking win on our flooded road, stopping in35.7 metres.

The margin of victory was much smaller here, though, withonly 30cm separating the German tyre from wet track specialists Vredestein and Goodyear.So close was the result that the top seven products were covered by well undera metre.

Pirelli returned to form, matching the Goodyear result, andfrench opponent Michelin trailed by a further 10cm. Just behind these were theFulda and Hankook.

Motorsport giants Dunlop and Bridgestone stopped in under 38metres, with Kumho just over that mark. No prizes for guessing which brandbrought up the rear: our Chinese contender took a huge 46.5 metres.

If a car fitted with Wanli tyres did an emergency stopbehind one running on Continentals, it would still be travelling at 30mph at thepoint of collision. Scary!

Maxxis again showed its dislike of wet conditions, taking 42.4metres to bring the A4 to a haltfrom 50mph. That’s not as bad as the Wanli, but still a long way behind itsother rivals.

Wet braking results
Continental 100.0
Vredestein 99.7
Goodyear 99.2
Pirelli 99.1
Michelin 98.9
Fulda 98.5
Hankook 98.1
Dunlop 95.8
Bridgestone 94.7
Kumho 92.9
Wanli 69.7
Maxxis 81.1
 

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