Posted by neal on October 22, 1999 at 00:27:20:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Hakka Q Hipe posted by hakka man on October 21, 1999 at 21:11:02:
I think all that is needed is for someone to post the data of these tests.
I will be checking and hoping Nokian has it on its website soon.
I live in Canada and am involved in Performance Rally Racing, the tire of
choice for racing through snow is the Hakka 1. We also use Blizzaks when needed
especially on ice - but Hakka 1 has better tread life. I spoke to
the Nokian Sales Manager for my area and he told me that even though Hakka Q
is good that he would still recommend the Hakka 1 as slightly better.
He also said that Arctic Alpins and Blizzaks are good too.
I believe that the Nordic countries have snow tires down to a science
they have to drive on that stuff for 7 months! It is a fact that snow tires are
a relatively new phenomenon in N.America.In fact during the Rally of Sweden
(World Rally Championship) the Toyota Team that is contracted with Michelin
decided to use Swedish winter tire called "Lappi" instead as they felt it
had better traction than their Michelins!! The "lappi" is a tire that is
probably sold only in the Nordic area as I have never heard of it before!
So if Toyota can trust a relatively small company with probably few research$$
for their racing team then I am sure it is a testament to the capabilities of
Nordic tires - and lets face it if a winter tire can sell well there
then definitely the public, that must know more about winter tires than us,
couldn't be wrong!)
From my racing experience I am going to buy Hakka's - best advice to any
prospective buyer stick to the big names - Michelin, Pirelli, Nokian, Bridgestone
and you won't be dissapointed - want a great tire go with the Hakka.
And no I am not a tire salesman at all! Just speaking from what I have seen,
I trust my experience and really trust a tire if teams are willing to race
on them - that is the ultimate testimonial.
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