Mount Hotham Snow Patrol – Tyre Trial
The Mount Hotham Road Patrol is a 24/7 service that’s patrolled the Great Alpine Road during winter months for 15 years, travelling in excess of 250,000km. In the winter of 2015 they put our Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT2 tyres to the test.
In Glenn Billman’s report he concluded that:
After trialling the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT2 tyres in the icy conditions at Mt Hotham I have been greatly impressed on the handling and the gripping capabilities of these particular tyres in situations where traction would normally be lost using a standard All Terrain tyre. The tyres allow the vehicle to be driven in a more responsive fashion than previously experienced and the control of the vehicle was greatly enhanced.
Cornering, braking and accelerating were all achieved with minimal to no slippage at all. No matter how low the temperature the Nokian tyres remained soft and pliable, allowing the sipe activators to provide maximum traction in the snow and icy conditions. The smallest amount of snow on an icy section of road surface would help provide traction enabling the vehicle to remain under the driver’s control.
The tyres perform equally as well on dry and wet road surfaces allowing the transition between all to take place without any loss of control. This was particularly noticeable when the road was not covered with ice suitable enough to warrant the fitting of wheel chains but icy enough to be problematic for the driver.
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