Super-fast sports car and luxury vehicle owners be warned – European lawmakers have got your tyres in their sights.
Ultra wide high performance tyres could be outlawed under new laws as the European Commission plans to restrict tyre rolling resistance to 10.5 kg per tonne by 2014, in an attempt to cut vehicle CO2 emissions by five per cent, according to the latest issue of Tyre Trade News.
The question it raises is what impact could it have on the production of ultra-fast sports and luxury cars?
Currently only half the tyres on sale would comply with the new laws, but with advances in motor world technology, by 2012 just the fastest cars would face the chop, as big rubber is needed to cope with their power.
The law would see tyre resistence reduced to 12kg/tonne in 2012, and then 10.5kg/tonne in 2014, according to the report in the January issue of Tyre Trade News.