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1000bhp and fat tyres for F1™

The F1™ governing body is set to make sweeping changes to the sport from 2017 onwards. With the quieter and far less ostentatious current V6 engines comes universal disappointment in the overall thrill of a Grand Prix race. The high-pitched scream of an F1™ car has been replaced with a pleasant but far less exciting rumble.
The current tyre situation is also set to change. With the Pirelli contract nearing its conclusion. the Italian tyre giant is keen to move into the next generation of the sport. Already testing has taken place to replace the longstanding 13" tyres with a much larger 18" variety. A greatly reduced sidewall height is much more in-keeping with the modern road car and will allow for massive technological breakthroughs to pass down from the top of the sport to the street motorists.


In order to keep up with the increased power to the wheels, the rear tyres are also set to get much wider too. Expect significant bodywork changes to accommodate engines and tyres! 


Nokian claim a global first!

Nordic tyre manufacturer Nokian has claimed the coveted title of the world's first A energy rated winter tyre. Designed initially specifically for the new BMW i3 electric tyre, the cold weather tyre experts will now continue with developments for further sizes.
According to tests, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 can reduce the rolling resistance of electric vehicles by up to a further 30%. The energy savings gained from the lower rolling resistance increase the vehicle's range.

Tyre sizes for electric cars are very different to what we've grown accustomed to. The Nokian Hakkap winter comes in size 155/70R19 84 Q. Narrow tyres with very large wheels and low profiles are set to become the norm. For city and extra urben use, these tyres dramatically reduce rolling resistance with a very small contact patch with the road surface.


Exciting news from TOYO

For club motorsport enthusiasts and drivers of ludicrously fast road cars alike, the news from Japanese manufacturer TOYO is that the all new R888 tyre - the R888R will soon be available to buy in the UK.

Making its launch at the Autosport show this month, the semi slick tyre has been approved for road use as well as for high speed track fun.

"Produced in 32 sizes initially, the new Proxes R888R takes track steering and grip to another level. With a fast warm up time, increased dry grip and sustained performance over multiple laps and heat cycles, the Proxes R888R is the ultimate track tire. A rayon 'super-high' turn up ply on some sizes, combined with steel side plies, give the new Proxes R888R precise steering response and feedback to the driver allowing them full control of their race car to optimize its performance."

The Proxes R888R stands alone amongst its competition in allowing competitors to drive to and from race day venues.

As stock arrive into the UK, Hometyre mobile fitters will be able to supply and fit the range at your home or work address.


Happy New Year from all at Hometyre

Wishes all of our existing clients and future new ones a fun and safe evening and a very happy new year for 2015.

Season Greetings from Hometyre

Hometyre HQ and all of our franchise network would like to thank every one of our customers and suppliers alike for the ongoing support throughout 2014. We're continuing to steadily grow and are currently experiencing a record December - even in the absence of really bad weather!

We look forward to a prosperous 2015 and hope to further expand our customer base the length and breadth of the UK through our dedication to customer service.

Have a great Christmas and New Year!



Dandelion Tyres!?

Dandelion-rubber technology in use by Continental

German tyre giant, Continental has produced the first test tyre, the
Continental WinterContact TS 850P, using dandelion rubber.

Yes, you've read that correctly!

The material, called Taraxagum™ provides Continental with an important step in its aspiration for the industrialisation of dandelion rubber in tyre production and to make tyre production more sustainable and less dependent on traditional raw materials.



Winter's on its way!

Are you prepared?

With snowfall already disrupting traffic in Scotland and the North of England it appears that winter has finally started to bite.

With many motorists holding off on the replacement of worn tyres until the very last minute, there could be quite a few slips and spills on the roads out there.


  • Check your tyres thoroughly - inner edges as well as just the parts you can see from the outside
  • Ensure for winter motoring you have a minimum of 3mm of usable tread left. Any less will be insufficient to allow for safe cold weather braking and water dispersion.
  •  Ensure tyre pressures are checked regularly and correctly inflated according to the load you carry.
  •  Call us for any advice or information you may require. Drive steadily and safely this winter
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It's officially swap over time!

It's November and officially the optimum time to swap onto those winter tyres! Don't be too fooled by some late warm weather either. A prolonged cold snap with possibilities of considerable snowfall has been warned by a number of meteorologists.

Temperatures are already tumbling away to low digits. Coupled with the damp and often foggy conditions normal to this time of year and your cold weather tyres are about to pay dividends!

Never tried them before? Just the dramatically improved braking distances alone make them worthwhile. When temperatures drop to 7C or below, a cold weather tyre maintains amazing grip through the tread design and compound differences. A 'summer' tyre hardens and low temperatures and significantly loses grip.

Not sure? Give us a call to discuss options. We can supply replacement tyres for your existing wheels or supply complete set of alternative winter wheels and tyres from a huge range of styles and sizes.

Have them fitted at home with Hometyre and you avoid any additional costs of tyre 'hotels' provided by fixed outlets too. Store your own tyres stacked up in the garage or shed/basement - wherever!

Be safe this winter. One of the most harsh winters followed a hot summer and warm autumn back in 2009/2010. We could be heading into the same again!



Tyre fitting with a difference, in Sussex

Every now and then we encounter a bit of a jaw dropper in this line of work. From very odd things found stuck in tyres - to very odd things left in car boots too!

We also hear things from customers about their experiences at other garages or with other fitting centres.

As a tyre retailer, our mobile tyre service units are configured to remove and replace all the types of vehicles we work with - and all the sizes and varieties of wheel/tyre combinations too. It seems this isn't a standard mirrored across the industry though.

Upon a very recent on-site visit to a new customer in Sussex, our technician Mark, discovered a highly unusual fitting technique had been employed to fit this clients 19" tyres. Without the suitable equipment (and necessary skills) required to fit these tyres, they had opted instead to soak paper towels in oil and place them around the rim of the tyre in order to allow it to be fitted over the wheel. Now they're tight tyres to fit due to the size of them but still....
So a somewhat unorthodox technique that subsequently caused air to leak out where the seal was broken by the paper towels. This process clearly took some time as well since the customer was quite surprised to watch Mark remove and refit another tyre in just a few short minutes without any issues.

The customer pointed out that the previous work carried out was cheap.   


Which? Trusted Traders

Hometyre are pleased to announce that following a period of detailed assessment, the well respected compare organisation Which? has fully approved all operatives as Trusted Traders!
As a consumer you can be assured that our principles and processes have been checked, scrutinised and refined in order to become fully compliant. When you make a purchase with Hometyre you can be relaxed in the understanding that we'll act in the professional and courteous manner as has become expected of any organisation approved by Which?

We look forward to welcoming new customers to our dedicated mobile service right across the UK!



RiP the Tax Disc 1921-2014

October 1st 2014 brings a significant change to the way we pay for and display our vehicle Road Fund License!

So what are the changes and what do you need to know?

  • The paper tax disc is no more! From October the 1st, you will no longer be issued a license and you can remove yours from the windscreen forever - regardless of how many months are still left to run on it. Electronic automated numberplate recognition vehicles (ANPR) will instantly inform the Police whether your vehicle is compliant (expect to see more of these on the roads now too!)

  • You will buy your car tax online and can now pay by Direct Debit either annually, six monthly or on a monthly basis. Provided your payments are kept up to date, your vehicle will remain covered and compliant.

  • You can check the status of yours, or any vehicle, online immediately here.

  • When you sell a vehicle, you can no longer include the Road Fund License. Upon sale, you inform the DVLA of the change of ownership and they will automatically refund to you the value of any full months remaining.

  • When you purchase a vehicle from another person you will be responsible for immediately arranging Road Fund License cover. You can do this by using the New Keeper Supplement part of the vehicle registration certificate (V5C), online , by calling 0300 123 4321, or visiting your nearest Post Office.

What does this all mean to me now?

So while the government are saving considerable costs in the production and logistics of paper tax discs, they will also be gaining from the obvious cross-over period when vehicles are sold.

To be more clear, a vehicle owner who sells on the 10th of a month will likely already have paid for the full month. Once sold, DVLA will only refund any FULL month or months remaining. The remaining weeks will be lost and cannot be carried over to a new vehicle. The new owner, in order to drive the vehicle on a public road will have to immediately pay for the license but this will start from the beginning of that month! In short, the month will be paid for twice. Multiply this by the number of vehicles sold daily and there's quite a revenue stream!

Given that the current methods used to inform DVLA of new ownership appears to remain via the traditional post, and that notification will need to be received by them before the start of a new month,  expect current owners to advertise vehicles for sale with a 'collect on the 23-25th of the month' proviso attached! Equally anticipate a degree of bartering from a potential purchaser about the amount of month remaining and how much this will cost him/her....

Numbers of previous owners

One other thing to consider when purchasing a vehicle will be the number of previous owners stated on the log book. This may not reflect accuracy into the future. A second hand car dealer may not have the use of 'trade' number plates and, in order to allow you to test drive a vehicle, will have to pay for Road Fund License. In order to do this, he/she will have to register as a new keeper......

The future

It is highly likely that the new system will need to be altered and adapted after a period of time. In the meantime, we think it's all a positive. Road Fund License is necessary to maintain and hopefully improve the condition of our aging and overworked road networks. Drivers who have historically avoided paying are causing good honest individuals more and more each year - while enjoying the benefits of the roads for nothing! The new system will provide and allocate further funding while improving on what should be a level playing field for all motorists!

Now let's talk about tyres.............

Goodyear Dunlop shines in Auto Express tyre test 2014

Goodyear Dunlop have proudly announced that two of its high performance products have taken the top two spots in the coveted Auto Express Tyre Test 2014.

The Dunlop Sport BluResponse took first place, with the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance taking a close second.

Auto Express tested ten brands of tyre in the size 205/55 R16 with a load index of 91 or 94 and speed rating of V or W. Tests included dry and wet handling, dry and wet braking, wet cornering, straight and curved aquaplaning, rolling resistance and noise.

Taking first place, the Dunlop Sport BluResponse performed particularly well in dry and wet braking, straight and curved aquaplaning and rolling resistance.

Launched in 2013, the product was positioned to answer the demands of the tyre label without compromising on any of the other 50 criteria tested to create a top performing tyre.

Commenting on this, Kim Adams, Auto Express Tyre Tester, said: "....true to Dunlop's launch claims, other performance aspects haven't been ignored, as it was also in the top three on the handling track.

"Winning performances in all conditions make this brilliant new tyre our 16-inch champion."

He added: "[The Dunlop Sport BluResponse] Champ performs well in wet and dry, yet isn't costly to buy or run."

Taking a close second spot, the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance shone above competitors in many of the test criteria, performing particularly well in rolling resistance, wet handling and braking, wet cornering and cabin noise.

Also launched in 2013, replacing the Auto Express award winning EfficientGrip, the tyre had a focus on wet weather performance and fuel economy


Kim Adams said: "Engineers at Goodyear have matched their counterparts Pirelli in managing to create a tyre with good wet grip and strong fuel economy, as the [EfficientGrip] Performance tops our rolling resistance table."

He added: "[A] Good all-rounder with few apparent weaknesses, and the best when it comes to economy."

Kate Rock, Consumer and Brand PR Manager for Goodyear Dunlop said: "We are thrilled that both of our brands have performed so well in the Auto Express tyre test 2014. By testing this popular tyre size in a wider range of tests than those on the tyre label, we have demonstrated that while these two tyres boast strong label grades, they do not compromise on other important performance criteria.

Kim Adams concluded the test commenting: "Going through the results, it's clear Goodyear and Dunlop have worked out how to combine good economy and strong wet grip. But our top two are not one-trick ponies; they are just at home in the dry, so they're worthy of their places."

Hometyre supply and fit the eniire range of Goodyear and Dunlop car,4x4 and van tyres at your home or work address. For more information, call us today. 0800783 9310.  

Source: Goodyear UK


Time to start thinking about the dreaded winter months?

Well none of us can really complain about summer this year can we? From early April we've all experienced a good old fashioned British summer! Long bright days with plenty of sunshine and just the odd shower here and there....

On the roads, apart from those days following prolonged hot and dry spells where rainfall brings out all the greases and oils, generally, grip and overall conditions have been good (we won't discuss pot holes!). This does sometimes lull us into a fall sense of security in terms of our tyres though!
An older tyre with very little tread will provide exceptional levels of grip in the dry and heat but quickly turn against you when the weather drops a few degrees and the damp starts to return. Have you taken a closer look at your tyres lately? Do you rely on an MOT or service before they're looked at?

Checking your tyres is easy and beyond nobody at all. It's just a simple check that we should all perform with regularity. Do it next time you go to the car! Not sure how? Read through here for simple instructions!

September brings not just the potential for an Indian summer but also an early an unexpected/unwanted cold snap too. Countless motorists across the Uk are turning to cold weather tyres each year to provide added safety and surefootedness to their vehicles and travel. Routinely swapping summer type tyres for winter tyres in October used to be a trend exclusive to mainland Europe - now it's become far more popular on our shores too!

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need snow or ice present to gain the benefit of these products either. Just colder, wetter weather will highlight massive improvements in braking, cornering and handling abilities. Once converted, we note that drivers will almost refuse to drive during the winter months on anything less!

Find out more here or call us for more information and advice! Be safe this autumn and winter.



Avons Flagship Tyre Reaches the A-Grade

The highly acclaimed Ultra-High-Performance tyre (UHP), the Avon ZZ5 has achieved the ultimate EU regulation award for wet grip - an A-grade!

Through successful development and innovation in its compound, the global manufacturer has placed its product amongst an elite few!

The ZZ5 has a directional tread design with an emphasis on high speed water dispersion through its silica formula.

Hometyre supply and fit a full range of Avon tyres including the new ZZ5. Call now for more information or book online for tyre replacement.



Goodyear/Dunlop receive further Recommendations

Global tyre giant Goodyear/Dunlop recently won Which? Best Buy recommendations for its Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance and Dunlop Sport BluResponse tyres in size 195/65 R15 V.

The Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance was one of the most highly rated tyres, with its wet handling, dry and wet braking and fuel economy in particular receiving commendations.
The Dunlop Sport BluResponse achieved plaudits for its wet and dry handling, fuel economy and particularly braking in the dry, stopping a full 7.5m before the worst tyre in the test!!

Across the full range of sizes, you'll see that the brands rank particularly well in terms of the new European tyre label.
Looking for new tyres? Check out all products online with Hometyre.


Porsche MACAN turns to Continental

The highly anticipated new SUV from Porsche - the MACAN will be fitted as standard with ContiSportContact tyres.

The German sports car manufacturer has selected its homegrown counterpart to provide these vehicles with the optimum safety, high speed driving reliability and surefooted grip for fast braking.
Fitted with two varieties of summer style tyres in both 18" and 21" fitments, the MACAN will use the ContiSportContact 5P N0 in both 265/40R21 101Y and 295/35R21 103Y in the larger sizes.

Owing to its superior handling characteristics and driver stability systems, for winter use, the cars will be supplied with the ContiWinterContactTS 830 range to ensure higher speed performances even during the coldest spells! These will be fitted in the slightly more manageable 235/60R18 103V & 255/55R18 105W sizes.

-Hometyre Group 22/05/14


The Ultimate Tyre?

You'd really need to own the type of car worthy of a tyre of this calibre - otherwise it'd be a bit of a waste - but for the road and track going type of motorist, the new MICHELIN PILOT SPORT CUP2 is something else!

Now offering up to a 50% longevity improvement on track (not to mention the potential for faster lap times) than its predecessor the PILOT SPORT CUP+, the new product is once again a road legal ultra-high performance monster of a tyre.

Fitted as original equipment to some of the worlds most incredible cars including the Mercedes SLS AMG Black and the Ferrari 458 Speciale, this tyre has even had a completely new development created for it to make it more distinguishable visually too!
Michelin Velvet Technology® was created to use light absorbing techniques in order to enhance images and information on the sidewall! Flash or what!


Described here by Michelin: "Perfectly synchronised to the demands of the best sports cars. Lower rolling resistance for better fuel consumption.Road legal reduced tread depth tyre for road and track use.Fitted as original equipment to Porsche 911, GT2, GT3 and the BMW M3Dual tread compounds. Motorsport outer compound for outstanding dry grip, "full silica" inner compound to optimise wet grip.

Road legal reduced tread depth tyre for road and track use.Fitted as original equipment to Porsche 911, GT2, GT3 and the BMW M3.Dual tread compounds. Motorsport outer compound for outstanding dry grip, "full silica" inner compound to optimise wet grip.

Not the cheapest of tyres though, as you'd expect! Check out this 305/30R20 Porsche fitment  available for fitting by Hometyre today from £382.65

Hometyre Group
01743 861183


Latest Intelligent Tyre Concept by Dunlop

Tyre giant Goodyear Dunlop have announced a breakthrough in microchip technology for car and tyre development.

Utilising a chip embedded into a tyre and information relayed real time back to the cars onboard computer, it is now possible to use accurate live information relating to tyre temperature, pressure and performance in order to vastly improve driver awareness and safety.

The battery-less system sends data that enables the cars central computer system to automatically refine control algorithms according to the dynamic changes occurring within the tyre throughout the course of every journey. It is stated that improved braking distances, corner control and all round driveability will be felt.

The system has been tested using the leading Dunlop SportMaxx RT range of tyres and distribution into the marketplace will be announced shortly.

Hometyre Group 22/04/14


Goodyear TV campaign "Made to Feel Good"

Tomorrow night (Tuesday 8th April) will see the prime time TV appearance of Goodyear tyres once again. Showcasing the highly acclaimed Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance product range, the global tyre giant will be focusing consumers attention on driving enjoyment and weather conditions in the UK.

The EfficientGrip Perfomance range of tyres offer some of the highest ratings within the new EU tyre labelling legislation too. Denoted by alphabetic rankings between A and G (A being the best!) measuring both wet braking capabilities and rolling resistance (fuel economy) the tyres return B and A ratings while also producing low noise emissions.


Hometyre offer the full range of Goodyear Efficient Grip tyres such as the ever popular 205/55H16.

Looking for new tyres for your vehicle? Call us for availability of the EfficientGrip Performance range now on 08007839310.

Author: Hometyre Group 07/04/2014


Tyres cause no concern at inaugural F1™ GP

The first F1™ race of 2014 kicked off in Melbourne and, despite huge changes to both the cars, qualifying and the usual driver merry-go-round, for the first time in memory, the tyres barely got a mention!

Unlike previous seasons where the sports supplier, Pirelli, came under intense scrutiny following a succession of failures and ongoing driver criticism concerning reliability, this year everything appears to be very much more straightforward for the Italian tyre giant. This year, the much revised engine and battery boost systems will be the cause of much debate and heartache for both teams and drivers alike.

For 2014 all teams will once again use the highly acclaimed and fully revised PIRELLI PZERO™ CINTURATO™ F1 tyres.

The season ahead, if the first race is anything to go by, promises to allow for more overtaking, less reliability and different race winners taking the top spot on the podium.


Not sure what all the varieties of tyres and their respective colour banding means? Here's the info directly from the manufacturer!


Front tyre size - 245x13

Rear tyre size  - 325x13


Dry weather tyres, known as slicks, are characterised by a tread pattern that is devoid of blocks or channels. They come in four compounds: supersoft, soft, medium and hard. The different compounds mean that the tyres are well suited to a wide variety of circuits, according to the type of asphalt, the number and severity of the corners, and the top speed on the straights. This allows the teams to make use of an ample range of strategies. For each track, Pirelli - in accordance with the FIA - nominates the two dry compounds best suited to the tracks characteristics and the temperature to be expected.


Wet weather tyres, characterised by grooves in the tread pattern, are split into two types: full wets and intermediates. The full wet tyres can be easily recognised by the deep grooves in the tread pattern and sipes to drain off water on wet asphalt. The intermediates feature channels that are less deep and are designed for damp or slightly wet surfaces, as well as uncertain weather conditions.

P Zero™ Red Supersoft. The softest compound in the range is ideal for slow and twisty circuits, especially in cold weather, when maximum mechanical grip is needed. The supersoft benefits from an extremely rapid warm-up time, which makes it ideal in qualifying as well, but the flip side to that important characteristic is of course increased degradation. This is a low working range compound. One of the key evolutions this year has been optimisation of the footprint pressure and temperature distribution. This presents a more even contact with the asphalt, improving grip and handling.

P Zero™ Yellow Soft This is one of the most frequently-used tyres in the range, striking a very good balance between performance and durability, with the accent on performance. It is still biased towards speed rather than long distances, but is nonetheless capable of providing teams with a competitive advantage both at the beginning of the race on full fuel and when used as a 'sprint' tyre at the end. This is a high working range compound.

P Zero™ White Medium. Theoretically this is the most perfectly balanced of all the tyres, with an ideal compromise between performance and durability. As a result, it is extremely versatile, but it often comes into its own on circuits that tend towards high speeds, temperatures, and energy loadings. This is a low working range compound

P Zero™ White Medium. Theoretically this is the most perfectly balanced of all the tyres, with an ideal compromise between performance and durability. As a result, it is extremely versatile, but it often comes into its own on circuits that tend towards high speeds, temperatures, and energy loadings. This is a low working range compound

P Zero™ Orange Hard. The toughest tyre in Pirelli's range is designed for the circuits that put the highest energy loadings through the tyres, with fast corners or abrasive surfaces, and are often characterised by high ambient temperatures. The compound takes longer to warm up, but offers maximum durability - which frequently means that it plays a key role in race strategy. This is a high working range compound.

Cinturato™ Green Intermediate. The intermediates are the most versatile of the rain tyres, dispersing approximately 25 litres of water per second at full speed. They can be used on a wet as well as a drying track. This is the only tyre that has not changed compared to last year.

Cinturato™ Blue Wet. The full wet tyres can disperse up to 65 litres of water per second at full speed (increased from 60 litres last year), making them the most effective solution for heavy rain. The latest evolution of the Cinturato Blue means that it is also effective on a drying track, with increased durability. The full wet tyre has a new compound and a redesigned rear tread pattern to further reduce aquaplaning. The result of this intensive work is increased driveability in a wide variety of conditions.


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