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Left, right, backward and right: test of winter tires in the Arctic centre Goodyear

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We, two journalists from Russia, listened to one of the instructors. A very strange French-English language he said: I know a few Russian words: left, right, back… right… no, direct. – No need to say “right”! ‘said we in unison. And began to praise him for his pronunciation. And it was the only time in a tire Ivalo in Northern Finland, the journalists learned something of the instructor. Because the rest of the time the instructors taught us.

300 kilometers from the Arctic circle

Nwill acnem with, that explain why we met in the Finnish Ivalo, where nothing really is not, but in the evening it got cold down to -30. The answer is simple: it is there in December 2014 opened polygon Goodyear tire Arctic Center. And he really Arctic: beyond the Arctic circle to the South of the landfill by as much as three hundred kilometers. So the place for testing winter tires here is almost perfect. Imagine: the average temperature from December to February is minus 15 (in the morning we have a “warmer” to -24), and tests can be carried out from mid-November to early April.

We went to one day work as a test tire. So we do, for us will look professional pilots of the team, which, of course, will not prevent us several times to attach the sides of the other VWs and BMW on snow slopes parapets. What we have to do?

Moose needs to live!

So, we have four tracks with four different tests. This slalom with braking control on ice, snow circle and test as co-pilot. On the first three we’ll have to sit behind the wheel and try to drive, all without departure from the road and not too slow. On the fourth task, the main thing — not to scream from fear, sitting in the Navigator seat.

Every race we ride in different cars, wearing different tires. Now, briefly about each job.

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Slalom with braking — is the standard for all winter “rides” job. We start at the signal, passing the target of the start, where the timer detects a passage and begins to count down the time until the finish. Passing through the ice snake between the cones, turn around, leave on the straight as long as possible and efficiently accelerate, then slowing down in front of the deer painted on empty cardboard boxes. Our task is to get as close as possible to the obstacle, but not to kill this noble animal. Who will pass faster and stand closer to the obstacle the fellow.

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The second task — high-speed race on a winding track of ice. Need to get through as quickly as possible, but try to not kill the car.

The third is simultaneously the most boring and fun exercise. It’s only required to ride in a circle sideways. To drift and have fun.

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Well, in the fourth task, the journalists play the role of observers. Behind the wheel sits pilot pros, and we estimate the behavior of tires under various loads and try not to break the neck vertebrae. And now everything in detail.

Slalom and braking

Start early in the morning, at eight in the morning. It’s still dark outside, but the cones can be seen well. We will go BMW 330i, shod in UltraGrip ICE2 dimension 225/50 R17.

The first thing you need to do it right (and hence — quick) is to start at the start. It is clear that to grind these “sticky” snow can be long, the benefit of that and drive a BMW, not Grants. In addition, we have switched off all electronic assistants, so that the gas pedal must be pressed with the mind the Main thing — not to pinch the gas and don’t take too long to grind the snow at high speed.

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“Snake” the machine is also quite stable, but it is only a little while to break rear axle slide, how to get the car back on the trajectory becomes very difficult. And I would not recommend without experience trying to do here dynamic “snake” with a series of slides: it is best these tires show itself is under longitudinal stress, of the cross they need to be more careful.

But the braking on the snow is pressed to the floor by the brake pedal the ABS doesn’t work immediately. Moose “died” later when the snow was already rolled into the ice. There is ABS chatter constantly, but I haven’t seen any tires on the ice was braking would be like on the pavement.

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All subsequent attempts were complicated by the fact that at the start of the snow we have “unrolled”, so to start I had off the ice. It may seem that was slowly but Velcro quickly it would not work anyway.

To summarize: kodirovka “Velcro” quite safe on Packed snow, but on ice friction rubber is inferior studded. In the case of the skid to align the vehicle to the layman would be extremely difficult. The demolition, we did not due to the fact that we have rear-wheel drive, but I guess with him, especially in the “suburban” speeds will be even harder.

Control on the ice

The second exercise early in the morning, so now at least it is seen that in the case of what to leave off the road will have snow in the parapet. Well, at least mildly.

To go on, we will the VW Golf VII, the tyre UltraGrip ICE Arctic is 225/45 R 17.

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Acceleration in a straight line, second gear, third and… the cry of the instructor: “Brake!!!” Oh Yes, something I was daydreaming even though I am now on the spikes, but under the wheels of pure ice. Crack ABS, the maximum delay on the line, the realization is inevitable, turn on the largest possible radius through the apex, gas with simultaneous straightening of the steering wheel. Uh, drew… Well, that brow was the snow, was something to cling to. However, more so to do. In any case, for now.

The first three or four laps we do in the mode of vegetable. Then relax and dicking around: go through a series of turns in a dynamic snakes slide sideways during turns steep turns. Of course, all this is wrong: the more slip, the less the speed and more time. But the soul requires a lot of courage, so continue to ride provocatively, but illiterate. Exactly as long as in the next turn don’t fly into the barrier sideways. Well, okay, fine. Not going to pretend to not understand English language and will listen to the instructor. He actually says the right things.

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At the same time estimate of the tire. Compared with the previous difficult: there was snow, it was bare ice. There is rear drive, then front. But one thing is clear: the behavior in the lateral drifts on the studding by far predictable. Even in more difficult conditions, even with inadequate driver behind the wheel (we will not point fingers).

Snow circle

Now again move the wheel aggressively neurotic BMW 330i. The drives are the same UltraGrip ICE 2 from first job. Go fell sideways, friends!

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Because the cars have automatic transmission, turn to manual mode and turn on the second or third gear. And activate the eagle eye and lightning-quick reaction of the office Manager, closing the browser tab Tanki Online when you see the chef in sight.

Some people think that to go in a circle sideways is just some what difficult. Well, firstly, much depends on what you are doing. The combination of rear drive, powerful motor and “Velcro” simplifies the task as possible. Even the steering wheel hard to turn is not necessary, just hit the gas and you dragged. Beauty! The beauty that is on the ground, not on a public road.

For this exercise, best way to feel the predictable behavior of the car on the road. I would, of course, could say that it’s all good, but I won’t. All the Velcro you need to go forward and backward but left and right is not worth it. If you just passing gas, trying to catch the car useless. I suppose if you want to control the machine, you in any case necessary spikes.

In two places on the track was a little uneven. And if you can get them at the time of the slide to return the car in a controlled drift I could not never. Further — or inhibit (as lucky), or to quickly turn 360 degrees and pretend that it was intended (here, too, as lucky, but not so boring).

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The same thing happens when the wheels instead of snow is a small patch of ice. The car immediately breaks down under the restrained laughter of the instructor and my not restrained swearing.

King of the road

Those who sat in the first places in a branded bus that drove us around the North of Finland, were more fortunate of all. Behind the wheel sat the driver, compared to which we all looked pathetic scoliozei snails. On a narrow winding road, covered with ice and snow, he always drove slower than 90 km/h And if we have to someone cautious, “creeping” 89 km/h, our driver knew a shortcut. We’ve only seen in computer games, although by occupation traveled a lot, including buses. Of course, we’ve all been wondering what kind of tires are on the bus. Goodyear Ice Arctic? Performance? Unfortunately, the driver did not speak English, so as soon as the bus arrived at the airport, we ran to watch the tires. Well, brand we don’t say — politically incorrect. But to guess, I think it is easy.

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Announced prices for the new SUV Subaru Forester

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Subaru forester. Раньше ещё была модификация с «механикой», а в новом Форестере — все версии только с вариатором. Сочетаний моторов и уровней комплектаций — шесть. Конечно, все с полным приводом.

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I used to have a version with “mechanics”, and in the new Forester — all versions only with the CVT. Combinations of motors and trim levels to six. Of course, all wheel drive.

The new crossover Subaru Forester gained Russian price tags. As we expected, model rose. For the initial version of the Standard two-liter 150-horsepower engine (196 N•m) and the variator, the company has requested 1 959 000 rubles. Similar crossover of the previous generation was 1 859 900. For the motor 2.5 (185 HP and 239 N•m) you must give at least 2 429 900 rubles.

In the initial configuration of the Central screen has a 6.5 inch diagonal, the other eight. Speakers at the Standard four in other versions of six, and in the top Forester for eight.

The most simple equipment already includes alloy wheels of 17 inches, the control pressure in the tires, roof rails, multimedia system, climate control, electric driver’s seat, rain sensor, stabilization system and off-road X-mode, start/stop, active thrust vector control (ATV), the Electromechanical Parking brake with automatic vehicle hold. Top Premium ES 2 569 900 involves leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof and drive of the fifth door, electric settings for the front passenger seat, navigation, blind spot monitoring, cameras, side view and rear, audio system Harman Kardon with a subwoofer.

Model and accessories Motor (horsepower, HP), transmission* Price, RUB.
Haval H6 Lux 1.5 (150), АТ6 1 309 900
Skoda Kodiaq Active 4×4 1.4 (150), P6 1 654 000
Nissan X-Trail SE+ 4WD 2.0 (144), CVT 1 667 000
Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD Invite 2.0 (146), CVT 1 803 000
Renault Koleos Executive 2.0 (144), CVT 1 829 000
Peugeot 5008 Active 1.6 (150), АТ6 1 949 900
Subaru Forester Standard 2.0 (150), CVT 1 959 000
Hyundai Santa Fe Family 2.4 (188), АТ6 1 999 000
Jeep Cherokee Sport 2.7 (177), АТ9 2 255 000
* АТ6, -9—, six-, nine-storeyed automatic transmission,
P6 — six-speed robotized transmission.


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Edition Audi R8 V10 plus Coupe Competition only get US

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Audi r8,Audi r8 plus competition. Все образцы будут окрашены в цвет Suzuka Gray. По краям бампера — антикрылышки (канарды), подсмотренные у гоночных версий. В остальном оформление носа — обычное, только добавлен «чёрный» дизайн-пакет: глянцевые окантовки решётки радиатора, воздухозаборников спереди и вентиляционных окон сзади.

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All samples will be painted in the color Suzuka Gray. The edges of the bumper — anticrisis (kenardy), all borrowed from the racing versions. Otherwise, registration of the nose is common, only added the “black” design pack: glossy edging of the grille, air intakes, front and rear ventilation Windows.

In November ten Americans will be able to buy limited edition Audi R8 V10 plus Coupe Competition package. This is the coupe edition based on the R8 V10 plus especially for US. The car received a complete package of performance parts from Audi Sport. Version Competition not more powerful “plus”, but has more downforce and a little bit easier.

Version Competition by default put black racing seats-buckets with red stitching, full leather trim including door cards, steering wheel in Alcantara with the zero mark, 550-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with 13 speakers, shift paddles of carbon fiber.

Aerodynamics and should, first of all to give this version more speed on circular tracks with a large number of turns. Only 150 km/h the downforce is there, more than double the original model (now equivalent to 52 kg), and at 315 km/h grows up to 250 kg, a hundred higher than the serial “a plus”. Payback — increased drag. Because the maximum speed there is only 315 km/h instead of 330. Acceleration is not specified, and the common V10 plus — 3,2 with up to hundreds. There are about the same.

In carbon for aerodynamic kit also includes a large splitter, expanders sills, a fixed rear wing on the pylons with the inverted fastening, flaps at the corners of the rear bumper and diffuser with developed longitudinal ribs. Tires — Pirelli P Zero.

Decoration model — matte black, fully machined 20-inch wheels, the same wheels racing version of the R8 GT4 (that, however, the diameter is 18). They saved the compartment 12 kg curb weight. Another quart engineers have dropped, putting the titanium base plate carbon fiber brake pads. Other features: dynamic steering, adjustable three parameters suspension type coilover.

The 5.2 V10 engine (610 HP and 560 N•m) has not changed. By the way, under the curtain of the life of the first generation R8 she is also a Competition specifically for US, and there was “only” 578 “horses”. However, it’s more than not just a simple “er-eighth”, but modification of the GT.

Dealers of Audi in the U.S. model R8 V10 plus Coupe Competition will be in November. Valued this car at $237 350 (at current exchange rate from 15.58 million), plus another $2550 should pay for shipping and taxes. For comparison, the serial R8 V10 plus costs in America $194 400. We will add that in the next few months the entire family awaits the Audi R8 update, which will affect the appearance (slightly) and on the technique. Atmospheric dozen should slightly improve in power, and as never before, the initial versions will be forced V6 unit 2.9. However, official information about such a radical step no.



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Sedan Mercedes-AMG is A 35 not at all repeat the hatchback

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Mercedes a,Mercedes a amg. В новой серии кадров машина предстала с минимальным камуфляжем, тогда как в прошлый раз заклеено было все, что только можно.

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In a new series of machine frame appeared with minimal camouflage, while the last time was pasted over everything.

Buyers in the United States, with a particular interest in looking at new spy shots of the sedan Mercedes-AMG A 35. The fact that A 35 hatchback to the American market will not reach, but the four-door sibling will be sold. In Russia a simple sedan A-class will appear for sure, and no “heated” it will not be. So, look to the frames.

On the roof of A hatch 35 engineers hoisted a full wing, but smooth aft of the saloon to spoil the “bench” the Germans did not, limiting the spoiler, although not-so-little. This is not the case, not counting the body type of course.

Supercharged “four” M 260 with a return of 306 HP and 400 N•m, combined with a seven-step “robot” AMG SpeedShift DCT and all-wheel drive 4Matic, accelerates the hatchback A 35 to a hundred in 4.7 s. We do not think that the sedan will show a difference of at least a tenth of a second. As of piatigorski, there must be added to the amplifiers stiffness of the body, an electronically shock absorbers, AMG Ride Control, an enhanced switching of the driving modes and settings of the stabilization system.

Exhaust pipes and diffuser — same as “warmed-up” hatchback.

The front especially has nothing to hide. The same mesh in the grille, the same two horizontal straps as the hatch. But in the corners of the bumper are not set kenardy (small spoiler). It seems that in terms of aerodynamics of the sedan, A 35 would be less “evil” than similar pyatidverka.

Given the importance to the overseas market, we can assume the premiere of the sedan, A 35 or in November in Los Angeles, or in January in Detroit. In the first half of 2019, the model will arrive on the market. If someone would think it “small” will need to wait for the family of “lighters” with the index 45. There are at least preparing the hatchback A-class, the crossover GLA and liftback CLA. Sedan A-class in this version, the company also likely will be built. “Forty-five” under the hood will be installed again “two liters”, but with hybrid additions (including waiting for electric compressor), while the capacity will reach 400-410 HP


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