Just as Hurricane Ida was bearing down on the states we were driving into the storm on the new Michelin LTX M/S2s. Michelin gave us a Ford Expedition with four brand new spanking LTX M/S2s, the type of vehicle made for these tires.
We departed the Grand Bohemian, which is on the outskirts of the Biltmore Inn in North Carolina. Our goal was to get to the Laurens Proving Grounds in South Carolina before the rains from the Hurricane came down in force. We passed the bat cave and the skull roof and followed US 39 to the Michelin sign, but the rains followed us straight to Mr. Bibendum, Michelin’s mascot.
My buddy and driving partner, Mike Allen from Popular Mechanics, knew all about the interlocking sipes that keep the water flowing off the tire. I knew about the use of silica in Michelin’s products, and that it helped with gripping the pavement. Together we were very pleased with the lack of noise and the comfort the tires provided.
Michelin put us through the paces anyway. They thought it was a great idea for us to do the events in the wet since “most people get the least amount of time behind the wheel when the road is wet”. I love PR people with a sense of humor!
So, Michelin had us go around the circle in different vehicles with different tires on them and, of course, their tires worked better than the Goodyears.
The most impressive was when we did the braking exercise. By now the rains had subsided, but the road was still wet. We cruised up to 50 mph than slammed on our brakes. We tried this in Michelins, Bridgestones, and Goodyears. I beat the other two by more than the seven feet shorter than Michelin claims.
Michelin claims the LTX M/S2 is:
- Best in Wet – Stops up to 7 feet shorter than the competition
- Better snow traction than the legendary MICHELIN LTX® M/S
- Longest Lasting tire in it’s class – 20,000 more miles than the competition
The Michelin LTX M/S2 tires carry an additional 70,000 mile limited warranty for treadwear or mileage.
Michelin said they don’t expect the tire to cost more than the LTX M/S.