By Michael Tashjian
Not your typical tire care article in print form, for more of what you are jonesin’ for and perhaps the most complete collection of technical tire articles, visit: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/tiretech.jsp?tab=All
Every weekend Sportscar fans are bombarded with advertisements for tires. For grand prix weekends F1 fans get Pirelli, sportscar series fans the likes of Continental and the Michelin man, Yokohama at clubs, with Goodyear rounding it out for drag. Big Tire like Big Tech is a multibillion-dollar industry control by relatively few. Sure, the real cheese may be in government contracts and such, but prestige and ego drive these companies. For example, Formula 1 is funneled hundreds of millions via Pirrelli , 400-million actually and doesn’t hold a candle to Petronas @ around 700-million. All this on a sport that spends $30000 on torque wrenches and 50-million-dollar hospitality centers, not exactly charitable. Fortunately for the tire company margins are phenomenal on tires, so being frugal is not a priority. Yes, me and you ultimately foot the bill on $2500 Cup 2’s so the FIA guys get free fancy embroidered tee shirts, but I’d have it no other way. Also, I have no idea who ultimately does the PO’s on the shirts. So, should you feel like an F1 driver and purchase Pirelli? It all depends on application, availability, and value.
Application is the first decision to make when purchasing a tire. Remember, just because your car came with Michelin Cup 2’s or their Dunlops counterparts, it may not fit your purpose. R compound tires, especially those with barley legal tread such as the Michelin Pilot Cup 2 or Dunlop that people tend to immediately toss on their GT3, work terribly in the wet and cold. Changing over to an alternative Ultra High-Performance tire may just fit the bill. Continental, Michelin, Pirelli, all make ultra-high performance street variants for typical NY use year round, albeit not driving like Mario Andretti. And yes, I heard, they may be purchasing Sauber, shocker. As far as inclement weather goes, and I speak from experience on this, a full winter really does work wonders on an all-wheel drive 911 variant from 991.1 onwards. Not so much that I would give up my Cayenne, but in a pinch, you’ll get where you need to go, or evade whomever it maybe you are evading.
The opinions above are consideration for the Porsche sportscar lineup and NOT SUV/Sedan/Electric variants. There are many other considerations in that space such as Elect tires for Taycan and so forth. Should you be a Cayenne driver the best year-round tire is without doubt the Pirelli Scorpion Verde Plus, and for our rear wheel only drivers, honestly, you’re not going to make it far even with chains. Keep you prized possession covered and cozy for the spring should there be white stuff on the ground.
Far too often people do not consider production and ultimate availability, which has only gotten worse post covid. The DE guys hear me on this one, rears for 997.2’s are almost always on B/O through rack, winter tires are almost always having supply issues (so basically ordered now), and the not so popular 356 specs offer similar challenges. Be sure when choosing a tire, it is from a name brand and has availability year-round.
By Michael Tashjian
Determining our center is something we all comes to terms with at some point. Fortunately, should this be that time for you, you’re in luck. The Porsche 911 is here for you, easy big fella. Just wise enough, plenty of pedal, and aged with grace no matter the generation. Children, our chosen professions, companionship, all command such focus that we can lose our equilibrium. Without getting too philosophical or frankly go off the handle, man needs tools to retain his/her sanity. Yes, I am assuming there’s been some state of sanity ;-) Does the Porsche provide the portal to reach this equilibrium? Depends on your tolerance for psychedelic drugs, I guess this is the most reasonable conclusion to reach.
Sunday morning, already stressed about the coming week’s goals, lunatics from many moons ago, and without doubt, traffic. Shocker. All is ok, your trusted steed in in the garage, fueled up and ready for battle to the local bagel privier this weekend. Fast forward meetings in which you discuss what the need for so many meeting is and the cover comes off, you caught side view mirror again, and your over 40 ass drops in the seat. Ahhh, 25 minutes of bliss. Yes, you’re taking the long way for the whole wheat bagel you know is just as unhealthy as the egg everything. Your kid runs to the car, “Dad, can I come?” Sure. And off you go. You’ve already come to terms with your partner having spilled coffee in the cupholder on a prior journey, and your sausage egg and cheese having no Ketchup is another certainty (they never listen), but that’s ok. Your ok. It is summer, you’re listening to your 911 engine purr, the leather on your steering wheel is form fitted to your hotdog fingers, there’s a cool breeze, all is well.
Do cars really perform a function outside of transportation? You are reading this, right? Of course. Your Porsche is part of your life, and in some cases your defining moment. It carries you through tough times, it holds memories, life milestones, times of sadness, and most importantly, it is only yours. In the liberal society of sharing, this will not be shared. It is yours. You take care of it more than monetarily, its love, albeit a generally expensive one. We can conclude the Porsche automobile is just shy of unconditional love. From 160 ponies in the first S model, to over 700 today. Plenty of lovin across the entire board no matter what your type is.
Porsche pilots truly believe their car is the ultimate sanctuary. Perhaps one of the last few real freedoms we have. Cherish it, don’t sell it, enjoy it-until next time.
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