In the mid-1960s, Ford wanted a serious contender for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other European racing circuits; they needed a car to go up against Ferrari’s entries, with the word coming directly from Henry Ford II himself.
In ’63, engineers from Ford sat down with a team from Lotus, Lola and Cooper to start drawing up plans for a Ferrari-beater. The first versions of the car (powered by Ford’s 4.2 liter Fairlane V8) performed poorly; after the race season was over, the program was handed over to racing legend Carroll Shelby. Under Shelby’s tuning and management, the team won the Daytona 2000 in 1965 with a GT40. They went on to dominate 24 Hours of Le Mans in ’66, and the GT40 was now a serious contender.
The sleek-looking GT40 was available with Ford’s 255 V8, the 289 V ...[more]Read More
Hankook I*Pike RW11 Review
This affordable winter tire from Hankook is designed using their eco-friendly winter tread formulation, molded into a symmetrical winter tread pattern with a distinct center section and wraparound shoulder blocks. The central grooves on the I*Pike RW11 move water and slush away from the tire’s footprint for excellent traction. The I*Pike RW11 can be used with studs for extreme conditions (where legal), and is designed with a 6-row stud pin arrangement for minimized noise and excellent stud retention. The tread’s block stiffness is optimized and applied through the combination of wave and step kerf, making it an especially good choice for SUVs and light trucks.
The I*Pike RW11 delivers excep ...[more]Read More
The Hankook Winter iPike is a great choice for drivers of smaller sedans or crossovers who need an affordable winter tire. The Winter iPike W409’s tread formulation is designed to stay flexible in subfreezing temperatures, with a wider footprint for more positive handling. A dense pattern of sipes at the center of the tread enhance traction in wet, snow and slush, with an innovative V-shaped tread pattern to move water away from the tire’s footprint. The Winter iPike W409 can also be equipped with six rows of studs for extreme conditions (where legal).Read More
The lineage of the Ford Mustang is pretty well-documented at this late date. When the Mustang was introduced halfway through the 1964 model year, it established a whole new category of fairly compact, sporty-looking 2 + 2 cars for younger buyers. Mechanically, the Mustang was nothing revolutionary; it shared most of its chassis, suspension and drivetrain with the Falcon and Fairlane (along with the clumsy handling of those cars), but with a fresh and timeless body style and sporty interior. The ’64 ½ model was projected for 100,000 units in its first year; it surpassed that number in the first three months, and Mustang buyers were on waiting lists.
The original first-generation Mustang was around until ’73, and underwent cosmetic changes and restyling in the in ...[more]Read More
Bridgestone’s Blizzak WS70 is a strong selling winter tire, and for good reason. The Blizzak WS70 is actually the fourth generation of Bridgestone Winter Biter tires, with plenty of technological and design advances to reflect that evolution.
The Blizzak WS70’s tread compound is designed with Bridgestone’s NanoPro-Tech silica-enhanced Tube Multicell formulation on top of their standard winter compound. Tube Multicell technology is designed with thousands of microscopic tubes and cells incorporated into the rubber, helping to wick water away from the tire’s contact patch; as the tire’s tread wears, new pores and tubes are continuously exposed. The compound is also designed for flexibility at freezing te ...[more]Read More
For most drivers, all-season tires are exactly what they need, with an internal design, rubber formulation and tread design that maximizes traction and performance in either dry or wet conditions. All-season tires are year-round, without the need to change tires in winter or summer, making them a logical choice for drivers worldwide. Here are some of our picks for great-performing all-season tires:
- Michelin Primacy MXV4 – Michelin’s Primacy MXV4 has a 60,000 mile treadwear warranty and is designed to Michelin’s Green-X standards for low rolling resistance and environmental friendliness. The Primacy MXV4 uses Michelin’s MaxTouch Construction™ design for even weight distribution across the tire footprint ...[more]
The Tucker Torpedo could have been a legendary American success story, if the stars had lined up and things had worked out differently. The car was truly ahead of its time for the late 1940s, with many innovative design and safety features . Such as:
· A third headlight at the center, which would follow the car’s steering mechanism and light the car’s way around corners
· Rear engine and rear wheel drive, with a subframe that would allow for easy service, lowering the entire engine from the car in minutes
· Perimeter frame for stability and crash protection, with a roll bar built into the roof
· S ...[more]Read More
Winter tires have changed and evolved a lot in the last couple of decades…the days of heavy-treaded, noisy “snow tires” (or as your dad might have called them, “mud grips”) are pretty much over with, and many states don’t allow metal-stud tires on pavement. So in winter, you have to cope with glare ice, deep snow, slushy roads and packed snow…but you still want a winter tire that’s quiet and presents decent handling, ride and road manners on dry, clear pavement. So let’s have a look at some of our choices:
- Bridgestone Blizzak LM60 – Bridgestone’s Blizzak LM-60 has long been a favorite of ours, and for good reason. T ...[more]
Take advantage of all the best tire deals online this Black Friday. SimpleTire offers the largest selection of tires and the lowest prices. From passenger and light truck tires to commercial and ultra-high performance, find it at SimpleTire.com. Buy quality tires at prices that won't hurt your wallet.
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Black Friday is almost here, and that means deals, deals, deals. If you're wondering whether or not to wait until Black Friday to buy tires, we'd suggest that you wait. It's more than the malls and department stores that are participating in crazy deals on the biggest shopping day of the year.
This economy is hard for everyone, and we all want a good deal on new tires. With the winter coming and the holiday season on its way consumers are ready for bargains. Check out our Black Friday tire shopping tips.
Buy Online to Avoid Crowds
Something maybe you hadn't considered, is purchasing your tires online. Just like at the department stores, tire stores have their Black Friday deals online too. Here at simpletire.com, we make it ...[more]Read More