Michelin tyre tactics- Tyre Development from the racetrack to the open road.

Michelin tyre tactics

Michelin tyre tactics

Michelin tyre tactics

Telegraph.co.uk Michelin tyre tactics: from the racetrack to the open road Telegraph.co.uk Michelin’s endurance racing record befits its Total Performance ethos, as the company explores new ways in which to improve tyre longevity, performance and…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Michelin tyre tactics

In my opinion Michelin tyres are still the Worlds leading tyre maker. Thus, offering tyre product excellence.

Michelin have in my experience . Always been the most expensive of car tyres to buy. Of course, the old saying of “you get what you pay for”, springs to mind . Therefore,we always find that it is the same type of well educated customers that ask for Michelin by name. Opposite to the “how much are they” brigade.

Michelin have always put expertise into the research and development of their tyres. Hence, making them hard to beat for quality.

Michelin tyre tactics

The Michelin premier AS tyre is the latest development to come from this renowned Michelin tyre tactics company. The tyre is an all-weather tyre and keeps the grip as the tyre wears down, making it one of the safest on the market.

The early Michelin tyre products were always lasting longer than their competitors. However, they had to combine comfort with high mileage. In my opinion Michelin achieved this by the knowledge that they gained from supplying motorsport. As a result, such as their inclusion in the track racing in Le-Mans South-West France. Of course,this endurance race (24 hrs) gives Michelin the platform to improve their tyre products. Consequently from on the track experience.

Michelin tyre tactics tested with motorsport in mind

It has been my opinion for many years. That a large percentage of car drivers. Simply, do not have any type of opinion. Thus, regarding the hard working consistent performer. Because many tyre buyers simply want cheap car tyres.

But the simple tyre is full of technical qualities. A close inspection will reveal that a tyre is a complex and sophisticated part of your car. Naturally, the humble tyre, has been developed over the years .To become the modern and safer product. Hence, for the faster and more energy efficient cars. That are being produced today.

Many of these new Michelin tyre tactics innovations . Have been developed with the aid of motorsport. Michelin are particularly strong at the moment supporting the Le-Man’s racing teams. But over the years have been the world’s leading Tyre Company. Hence, to support and develop the motorsport events. This experience has helped Michelin to make sure that their products will help to connect to the road much better.  Especially, when cornering and accelerating . Also just as important for when the car is braking.

What many drivers do not realize is that the humble car tyre is made up of 200 components and some of these play a vital part in road safety and the fuel efficiency of your car, in fact they say that a tyre is responsible for 20% of your cars fuel consumption and a glance at the new tyre labeling system, will show which come out the best.

Michelin tyre tactics-Michelin Energy Saver

In the these days of costly fuel prices then most drivers will want to  use less fuel and also have a safe tyre that lasts much longer, then the MICHELIN Energy Saver is made for you. Its modern and up to date technology is made to decrease your  rolling resistance, which also leads to reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions(1).

Michelin tyre tactics

Michelin tyre tactics to make a greener tyre

This is helped by using a 100% silica-based rubber compound during the manufacturing process. The part substitution of replacing some of the carbon black with silica in 1992 has helped MICHELIN to present its first generation of lower fuel consumption “green tyres”. Since these  were launched, Michelin has sold 570 million greens across the world.

 

Eric Roberts…

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts.

 

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Michelin Tweel Tyre- Similar to Tyre Used on Citroën Hybrid Air

Michelin Tweel Tyre

Michelin Tweel Tyre

New type of Michelin Tweel Tyre

Michelin tyres help the new Citroën Hybrid Air eco prototype to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, increase its energy efficiency and improve resistance to aquaplaning. The Hybrid Air was revealed at the Geneva Motor …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

is this any relation to the Tweel from Michelin tyre

When I first saw this post i thought that the prototype Michelin tyre called the Michelin Tweel Tyre had been developed for real time use, but looking at this I think not.

The new tyre is tall and narrow 165/50 x 18 will be the size used. This will make the tyre much more dynamic with far less rolling resistance, it will be like going back in time 50 years to Michelin’s first radials. They would have been 125 x 400 milimetric size (tall and thin). You know what they say “what comes round goes round”.

It was back in 2005 when the French tyre company first announced the arrival of the Michelin Tweel Tyre . To me it just looks like a light weight solid fork truck wheel with a wheel that has a solid rubber welded to the wheel on the outside. It could also be said to look like the old fashioned horse cart wheel, with the spokes fixed to a hub that is connected to the axle. The spokes then fit to the outer wheel, which is fitted with a rubber band.

The difference is in the materials that Michelin Tweel have used. The same as the cart wheel, a solid inner hub mounts to the axle, similar to a normal spokes alloy wheel. From this is another set of spokes that connect to the outer rim, the same as a cart wheel. These spokes are incredibly strong and are the things that replace the air pressure in a conventional tyre. The outer part of the Michelin Tweel Tyre rim is connected with a band of rubber with a tread pattern.

The second spokes that absorb all the impacts and bumps and respond to the cars steering are made from polyurethane and are incredibly strong. The French Company say that these spokes can be made of different strength and tensions, to enable the Michelin Tweel Tyre to be fitted to different vehicles of different weights and physical size, to help improve the handling, much in the same way as a conventional tyre and wheel assembly does at the moment. As I have said earlier in my article these Michelin Tweel Tyre do look like a mixture of the old cart wheels and modern alloy wheels and tyres and in my opinion area very clever concept.

Michelin have said that the Tweels have been tried and tested on an Audi A4 giving the car much more lateral stiffness than the conventional wheel and tyre set up. In my opinion Michelin are a massive tyre company and I cannot see them giving up their core business, to make things like this, but I do think that the Tweel may be part of a big mix of technologies in the future.

Compiled by Eric Roberts…www.pellotyres.co.uk

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Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Michelin Winter Tyre and Car Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

Michelin Tyres Development-Set their Targets High as far back as the Thirties

 It is no surprise to the older drivers amongst us that Michelin Tyres Development has always been at the forefront of tyre design 

Ever since I started work as a junior tyre fitter all those years ago I have marveled at the skill and professional work that Michelin Tyres Development  have put into their

Michelin Tyres Development

This early Citroen ran on the Michelin Tyres Development XAS tyres

products, even going back before my time French tyre makers were at the top of tyre development and all the other tyre companies were playing catchup.

Enter the first steel belted radial that started it all off for Michelin tyres.

This was to be the tyre that changed their history including the great American tyre makers of the time. This new tyre from Michelin tyres was to be a far cry from the cross plys  made by most other European tyre companies and the Bias-belted tyres that were been developed in the USA.

The new Michelin Tyres Development was to be known as the Michelin”X” and first appeared in 1949 (a year after I was born). This tyre would revolutionize the tyre industry with a product that would last longer and prove better car handling for the type of suspension that was used on European cars.

This tyre was to be fitted as original equipment to Lancia and Citreon cars and also to the Mercedes 190SL models.

It took a good ten years before the other tyre makers started to catch Michelin Tyres Development up, all trying to copy the steel belted “X” tyre.

Compared to the cross-ply tyre the radial gave many advantages. They  gave a much better mileage and road holding, ( I must admit that when I was in my early tyre fitting days, I can remember drivers complaining about Michelin  being bad in wet weather ?), This also gave added bonus of lower fuel consumption, a great

Michelin Tyres Development

The original Michelin Tyres Development x tyres

bonus for some of those old gas guzzling cars.

This is also the same time that imported cars were coming into the UK cars such as the Citreon 2CVand Renault Dauphines.

More reading... “The Dauphine took over from the 4CV in 1956, but not as a replacement. The name dauphine (heiress) was highly significant. Release was a major event on the motoring scene, and followed up by a successful career on French and export markets.  

Dauphine played its successor’s role to the full, boasting all the latest features of the epoch, such as adjustable seats, heating, and an automatic gearbox. The finish was very smart, with a red and black steering wheel and matching seats. The dashboard layout was uncluttered, and the interior roomy.  

Dauphine was a four-seater, with rear bench and two separate seats at the front. In January 1957, the US motoring weekly The Motor crowned it the “prettiest little four-seater in the world”. Sure, it was beautiful, elegant and shapely, totally in keeping with spirit of the 1960s.”…http://www.renault.com/en/vehicules/hier/pages/renault-dauphine.aspx

The Dauphine did not do too well in the “Cold Damp British climate” and soon had a bad reputation for bad rust, but it did come out on Michelin tyres, and I will never forget the first time I had to remove one of these products  from the rim. The tyre just fell off the wheel it was so easy to do, a big improvement on the struggle we had when fitting Dunlops . In those days we only had a hand held tyre bead breaker and some tyre levers, balancing was carried out on a small “bubble” wheel  balancer which I still believe never really worked.

To conclude Michelin Tyres Development have never looked back and in the early days because of their better cornering they were used in the early motor-sport cars with great success.

Post written by Eric Roberts

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Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Best Price Michelin Tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Bald Tyres-and Rain Soaked Roads = AQUAPLANING

Post Updated 28th Dec 2013

Bald Tyres;Change your tyres at 3 mil to avoid aquaplaning

This has been one of the wettest days of the year here in the UK. I say this because when I was driving along the M62 motorway I noticed that many parts of the motorway were flooded

Bald Tyres

Driving your vehicle on flooded roads at speed could result in your Bald Tyres loosing grip and aquaplaning.

 

and had large areas of standing water, on all the carriageways. This meant one thing to me “AQUAPLANING”. We know as the tyre industry that many motorists are putting off buying new replacements. All our sales figures are down, so the mixture of bald tyres on these very wet roads is a disaster waiting to happen. As I am writing this blog some motorists will be experiencing aquaplaning when driving along the motorway at speed with no tread left on their tyres, as I say this is a disaster waiting to happen and it will happen, “mark my word”

What is aquaplaning on Bald Tyres ?.

Bald Tyres

A glass road is used to film the tyres on test by the tyre manufacturing companies to test for aquaplaning. this picture shows the tyre from underneath as it drives over the flooded glass road.

This is a word that became synonymous with a Goodyear advert in the 1970s, but has now become a very important word because of our changing climate and faster roads. The word means that your wheel loses contact with road surface due to a thin layer of water between the tyre and the road surface, and the driver loses control of his car very often causing an accident.. A good tyre with more than 3 mm of remaining tread will push the water away as the car drives through the water at speed, giving good grip and safe conditions. All the leading  manufacturers design their tyres with aquaplaning (Driving in Wet Weather) as one of the main aspects of design.

Michelin  have even developed a system called “the anti-surf system” to enable their products to give maximum grip when going through areas of static water on the roads, this system is built into the Michelin Pilot sports 3. This tyre has also got added shoulder design to help push the water away and help delay the onset of aquaplaning.

 

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery  industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

New Radial Tyres-Gave a hard Ride when fitted with wrong suspension?

America was slow to take to New Radial Tyres

The American tyre market was much slower to use the option of radials on their new cars that they were producing. The rest of the world including Europe and the UK were starting to

New Radial Tyres

New Radial Tyres; The Michelin X was the first steel belted radial tyre in the World and gave double the mileage, although the grip in wet weather was nothing to write home about.

use New Radial Tyres in much larger numbers, especially in France and Germany with Peugeot and Citroen leading the way, fitting Michelin tyres on most of their early Diane models.

However, things were very different across the pond in the USA. They tended to go for the Bias-belted tyres, to compliment the type of suspensions that were used on American cars. One of the problems they had with the New Radial Tyres was that the precise handling of the radial tyre showed up hidden weaknesses in the American cars.

Ford became the front runners in correcting the problems, introducing “radial tuned” suspension on the new Thunderbird and Lincoln models. This modification enabled Ford to offer radials  as an optional extra, this started in 1967 a couple of years after I started my career in tyres here in the UK. The offers of radials were not taken up very well by the public and one of the reasons was supply problems. Other major car makers followed fords footsteps but were supplying sub-standard radials and suffered quality problems because radials were in their infancy in the states.

Many of the manufacturers had to replace these sub-standard tyres with imported Michelin tyres, Michelin had tyres that were tried and tested without any quality problems. One of the big players in tyre supplies in America was the department store, Sears. Sears controlled about 25% of the American tyre replacement market in those days and that settled down to about 10% because their competitors had started to sell New Radial Tyres. This ate into Sears tyre numbers. Sears had done a deal with the tyre makers Armstrong Rubber company which supplied Sears with their Bias belted products, but things certainly picked up when they started to introduce radial tyres, making them one of the top tyre retailers in the States.

Ford used the first radial tyres in America

In 1968 top Ford officials had a meeting with the Michelin  company to fit their radials to the new Lincoln Continental as original equipment and Michelin would be the exclusive supplier of tyres for this new model. The American public knew that radials  lasted far longer than the Bias belted that the were used to driving on, sometimes up to four times longer. It is widely reported that Ford paid $19.50 for the first Michelins, only $5 more per tyre than for bias belted, this was indeed a great deal for Ford and the first American cars rolled off the production lines on cheap Michelin Tyres UK.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for a high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

New Radial Tyres

New Radial Tyres; one Michelin tyres oldest advertising signs

Michelin Tyres World Beaters

Michelin Tyres World Beaters-A great video explaining tyres and How Its Made HD

Michelin Tyres World Beaters

Michelin Tyres World Beaters

As a tyre retailer in Halifax Yorkshire, UK I can tell you that Michelin are not the easiest tyre manufacture to deal with. Therefore, we sell Michelin products but through a third party wholesaler. Over the years I have tried to deal direct with Michelin. But I find that they are not flexible enough for a small tyre business like mine.

Of course, I think very highly of the Michelin tyre products. In my opinion, i think that they are the best tyre in the world. Of course, other tyres are starting to catch them up, but they are well in front at the moment. The text bellow accompanies the video and it is well worth watching.

How Its Made Michelin Tyre

Michelin is a well known tyre brand across the world that is located in Clermont-Ferrand region of France. The company started operation on 28th May, 1889 and two years later, it procured its first patent for the detachable pneumatic tyre. In the year 1900, the Michelin Red Guide was published and in 1911, the Michelin Sports Association was created. In 1916, it had built the first paved runway in the world. During 1920 to 1930, The company’s large rubber plantations were operated in Vietnam and it invented the ‘Micheline’ locomotive and pneumatic tyre for railway cars. In 1934, the tyre maker introduced the run flat tyre, which is also called as self-supporting tyre. This firm had filed a patent for the new radial tyre in 1946 and later adapted its radial technology to truck tyres

Pilot Sport
Primacy LC
Energy XM1+
Pilot Preceda 2
Latitude Tour HP
Latitude Cross

Michelin Sports Tyres-Pilot Sports 3 Tyres another great tyre from Michelin

Michelin Sports Tyres

Michelin Sports Tyres; New pilot sports three tyres will become another winner from Michelin tyres

As a Michelin Sports Tyres dealer. Hence, for the past 40 years. Therefore, I have always admired the tyre products that Michelin tyres have produced. Michelin Sports Tyres have in my opinion been at the forefront. Thus, of car tyre technology and tyre innovation.

Michelin Sports Tyres

Michelin tyres x section showing how the tyre is built

 

As the tyre buying public will know. Michelin tyres have never been famous for selling cheap car tyres. In fact, they are often the most expensive. But in my opinion. For this reason, you have to pay for a top quality product.  Michelin tyres are a top product.

If its cheap tyres that you are after. Thus, you won’t get Michelin tyres. So, when it comes to cheap car tyres. Then you will be looking at other brands. Hence, not Michelin.

Michelin Sports Tyres. hence, have devoted hours of time and money in their commitment to the motor sport. Hence, and they have used all their knowledge in making better and better car tyres. Michelin tyres have always been the company to follow by their competitors; this is why they have maintained the higher price range compared to the other top tyre manufacturers.

 New pilot 3 Michelin Sports Tyres no exception

Michelin Sports Tyres

the new pilot sport 3 tyre

This latest tyre from Michelin is no exception. The all new pilot 3 comes with a new “anti-surf system”, this gives optimum tyre grip in all wet conditions including deep standing water, the type of conditions that you may get when heavy rain has flooded the road due to a blocked drain. The pilot 3 just cuts straight through without any deviation in the driving, as you know when this happens the car tends to pull towards the kerb, but not the new Michelin sport3.

This new tyre also comes a new rubber compound which gives fuel savings and higher mileage keeping its excellent wet grip capabilities, as stated above. Michelin Sports Tyres are committed to lowering the CO2 emissions as low as possible on all its tyre products and this will be shown by putting the “GREEN X” marking on the sports 3 tyres. This emblem will prove that Michelin Sports Tyres are aiming to cut fuel consumption on its newest tyre products including the new Sports 3 tyre.

 

 

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years.

 

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre-Michelin Tyres Invent Airless “Tweel Tyre”,Now used on Plant vehicles.

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

For as long as we can remember tyres of all shapes and sizes have always to filled with air-filled rubber tubing. This is to put it to its simplest terms. As a result, the latest tyre designs are a far cry from the old cycle tyres.  Mr Michelin first made these in France well over 100 years ago.

Michelin looks for models for the future

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre substitute will now be available for many of the small urban vehicles.These are used in cities across Europe. They will replace the conventional rubber tyres .

as a result, almost all the leading tyre companies are looking for the concept tyre designs for future urban cars and Michelin tyres are no exception. The first idea started to come out of the Michelin Laboratories in about 2005. The new concept was to become the “Tweel” a simple cross between the tyre and the wheel, this is where the name comes from, the “T” from the tyre and the Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre.

The Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre looks like a giant bicycle wheel, probably a futuristic version of the original solid bicycle wheel that Michelin worked on over 100 years ago. The tweel has a solid hub, with spokes and an outer rim. Materials that are used, will be manufactured, using a polyurethane type substance, which is a hard material and light in weight. The tyre tread is stretch fitted onto the spokes in a rubber band similar to the tyres mounted on fork trucks. This construction looks very solid yet flexible. These have the spokes absorbing all the shocks, just like air would do in a tyre, but having the advantage of “not having punctures”.

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

In addition, Michelin, has been testing different cars with the tweel fitted. Furthermore, this  includes the Audi with good handling results. They admit though that they are still in the early stages of development. I think it is good to try other materials to try out to replace rubber products. A large amount of oil, is used for making tyres? and we are running out of oil ?.

Please click on the link bellow to read more about the TWEEL from MICHELIN TYRES

 http://auto.howstuffworks.com/tweel-airless-tire.htm

 

 

About Eric Roberts

A self-introduction. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. Furthermore,I used to work for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. I am also a keen blogger.Writing about anything to do with cars and  products that will help my business.

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES – Self Repairing Tyres from these tyre companies

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES


Never forget that you’re unique, just like everyone else.

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES; introduce the Worlds first tyre that repairs itself.

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES

The total commitment to motorsport has enabled the French tyre company to come up with new ideas and safer products.

This tyre is lined with a  special tread compound.Thus, that can repair a minor penetration of the tyres. Of course within a minute of the object entering the tyre. The tyre is in fact sealed instantly.Naturally, with the minimum loss of the air pressure inside the tyre.

The tyre itself does not loose any of the great benefits. As expected, the new tyre does not have any negative affects. hence such as low mileage caused by the new compound.

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES

Michelin tyres cross section

Michelin tyres also bring up a good point. Naturally, about this new tyre being environmentally friendly. So they also bring up the point that the new tyre will not have to be replaced. Thus, when a minor puncture occurs. Hence, saving the necessity to buy a new tyre. I am a bit skeptical about this point , but I may be proven wrong in time as Michelin are a great tyre and would not try things out without many months of testing the new product. The giant French tyre company have recently brought out another great product called the Michelin P ZERO runflat tyre, to add to its safety tyre range along with this self repairing tyre range.

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES say “this could be a reason for not needing a spare tyre”.

Comments from Michelin tyres say that the most likely market for their new tyre will be in Asia, as this part of the world has more punctures than other parts of the world.Consequently, these tyres are available online at www.pellontyres.co.uk members of Tyresafe.org

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

Michelin Tyres Dominant at “Renault Event” at Silverstone Race Track

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Michelin Tyres Dominant; Renault cars use Michelin tyres

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Dave Smith of Pellon Tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire enjoyed a great day out at the Silverstone race track on Sunday. Dave took along his two children because although the car racing was good, there was also a funfair and plenty of good eating places. Dave also took a few pictures for the Pellonautocentre blog, (a splendid idea, ).I thought.

Michelin takes a significant part in the Renault event.  Mainly I think because they are both French companies. It still shows though that the most well-known tyre company in the World still take part in many events. In the past have made them one of the best tyre products on today’s cars both production cars and racing cars tyres. I still can not praise them enough, in my early days of been a tyre dealer I hated Michelin tyres because their business plans never included the small guys.

Michelin Tyres Dominant; The parents of the modern tyre

All their efforts went to selling the tyre products to larger companies, however over the years I have slowly grown to like and indeed admire the enormous effort and resources that they have put in to help develop today’s modern tyres. We at Pellon sell Michelin tyres at competitive prices online at www.pellontyres.co.uk

Michelin racing tyres are dipping their feet in the world of motorsport again, by supplying tyres to other types of racing, including the FE Championships, which are, of course, the F1 version using electric cars.

“Michelin is back as the official tire supplier in the STCC. Four classes will compete on the deck from the French manufacturer Michelin 2015 and will supply four levels in the STCC package. Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia goes alongside the sister class Swedish GT formula car class Formula Renault 1.6 and the main class STCC”, said a spokesman for the Scandinavian championship.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care Centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Michelin Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for the high standard of equipment and workmanship.