The presented tyre is marked with 3PMSF symbol (Three Peak Mountain Snow Flake). It means that the tyre meets the EU requirements for winter tyres. The symbol is awarded after thorough tests of a tyre model in terms of snow grip.
The Michelin Alpin 5 is the fifth generation of Michelin's famous Alpin winter tyre series. This model is the successor to the Michelin Alpin A4. The aim of this latest version of the "alpine" tyre is to offer drivers optimal safety in any conditions found in winter on European roads. The tyre has been in development for 4 years and features a sharp, directional tread pattern with deep grooves and innovative blocks, elements that ensure excellent performance on snow, ice and wet surfaces.
They quickly and effectively disperse snow, water and slush, thus guaranteeing optimal grip, which effectively protects against aquaplaning, for example (loss of grip on wet roads). The dense arrangement of blades on the surface of the Michelin Alpin 5 creates a so-called "claw effect", which gives the tyre optimal tractionon snow and accurate steerability. The rubber compound used to make the tyre obviously plays an important role. This model is made from a rubber compound containing sunflower oil and silica (Helio Compound 4G). The use of this material means that the tyre retains its flexibility even at very low temperatures and this is another element that improves grip whilst driving.
Michelin is a premium tyre manufacturer that is very popular all over the world. The group owns brands including: BFGoodrich, Kleber, Kormoran, Riken and Tiger. Most of us think of the company's famous mascot, Bibendum or the Michelin Man, who has been the face of the French brand for many years. Michelin&Co. was founded in 1889, but the real start of the company was when the cousins of the founders of the Michelin brand opened a production plant producing various rubber products in 1932 in Clermont-Ferrand. 1889 (officially the year when Michelin was founded) is when the brothers Edouard and Andre took over the plant. One of the earliest major successes for the brand was the creation of the detachable pneumatic tyre. This and many other later successes mean that it is now one of the largest and best tyre manufacturers in the world.