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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Launch Event at NOLA Motorsports Park

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by steven s, Dec 14, 2012.

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    steven s

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    A few of us went down to New Orleans for the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Launch.
    Impressive tires.
    My favorite event was the summer vs all-season event.
    We compared the Michelin A/S 3 on a dry autocross in a Subbie STi
    Conti ExtremeContact DW
    Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
    Pirelli P Zero

    I no longer believe all seasons are no season.
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    mrsbee

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    So, by all season event, you mean they hauled on some snow and ice?

    I have the conti dws on the "one" and I have to say I've been extremely pleased with them, although they're awful noisy on the track! They did let me down, however, for the first time on Monday. Out of nowhere, they just decided to let go going around a bend on 178. I'm sure speed had nothing to do with it... When all else fails, blame your tires.
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    steven s

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    After driving the Conti's I could understand.

    Define some snow. :)
    What we get in SC, I think they would be fine although I still through on snows on our Mini.
    The Michelins outperformed all of the Z rated tires we tested.
    That was impressive.

    We did wet/dry braking tests. I'll have to find that data.
    I still have plenty of tread left on my Toyo T1S but might be switching brands on the street.
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    mrsbee

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    Now that I think about it, the last time we got "real" snow here in SC, we still had the Mini. That this was an absolute RIOT in the snow. It, however, did NOT have the Conti's on it.

    Testimonial to the DWS tires - coming back from Wisconsin after Christmas last year, we encountered an epic white out/blizzard going down 65 through Indiana. The "One" was happily chugging away and not once did the DTC light even flicker at us. It was a surefooted steed that was for sure, and after that, I realized the importance of proper tire for proper conditions. When I still lived up in those frigid parts, I never really had respect for tires or knew anything about them for that matter. Upon reflection, I cannot understand why I didn't end up in a ditch every time I left my driveway.

    Michelin. It's hard for me NOT to buy them - - I mean - - their presence here in the upstate is remarkable. Mr. Bee's dad worked as for them for decades. My own father was on the crew that layed the first pavement out at the test track in Laurens County, but yet I still side with my Contis.
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    mrsbee

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    ----the snow along 65---- 65snow.jpg
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    shelbyvnt Baby Bee...

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    When it snows like that in Dallas, my Bee stays in the garage & my truck comes out to play.
    When we get our famous "black ice" the truck, the Bee & me all stay home.:D
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    kgmoodyz3

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    Living in Indiana and driving 75 miles to work on 2-lane highways, I know the snow is going to test my tires this winter. There is plenty of tread on my Contis, buit the Michelins sound like the way to go when it is time to replace the tires. It will be better to drive in the snow than sleep at work on the floor!
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    MGarrison

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    Sounds like an inflatable air mattress and small pump should be tucked in the bottom of a desk drawer in the event of an ice blizzard or some-such. Naturally, if you do that and buy snow tires, the most snow you'll see while at work is a light dusting - If Murphy's law is something along the line that if something can go wrong, it will, the Murphy's Law adjuncts might be that if something can go wrong, it will, and most likely when you can neither anticipate nor be prepared for it; conversely, whatever you are most prepared for likely won't happen, and the likelihood of it not happening increases as the amount of time, money, effort, and expectation of it happening increases.
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    kgmoodyz3

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    Amen! I try to be prepared for most anything. I am always accused of 'over packing' for trips and daily activities, but when someone needs something, I am the first one they come to. I am hoping for another mild winter here. This is my first year in this job and I don't know how quickly the plows and salt trucks will be out. (now another tought about rust prevention) and how that will alter my drive.
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    mrsbee

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    kgmoodyz3

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    Nice, but I think I will wait for the first snow and see how the x-drive works and go from there. If I call you from a ditch somewhere will you send me the link again?
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    mrsbee

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    Well, I could. I am warning you though, it WILL come with an "I told you so" attached.
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    kgmoodyz3

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    I understand completely.
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    Satch SoSoCalifortified

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    Snow? What are you people talking about?!

    :D:D:D
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    steven s

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    You sure you lived in Alaska?
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    Satch SoSoCalifortified

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    Yes, until I figured out it got cold and dark in the winter. Now I live where the only ice I see is in a pina colada.
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    mrsbee

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    Sign me up for those circumstances. I'll take my ice on something other than a boat drink though.
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    MGarrison

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    We'll note that Mrs. Bee is unlikely to start any personal ads with "Do You Like Piña Coladas...."
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    mrsbee

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    ...and getting caught in the rain just gets your car all dirty...
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    kgmoodyz3

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    I had an opportunity to try the Contis and the Xdrive as Indiana is getting hit by a blizzard. I am impressed. i was lucky enough to have taken the day off from work, but we needed to get out to the store for milk and Spaten. The car handled great of course. We have about 6 inches of snow and expecting 6 more.

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