Powerply Technology

Winning off-road races was the driving force behind Mickey Thompson's innovations in tyre design. This dedication to performace is why Mickey Thompson Tires designed PowerPly, a tyre construction that responds faster. PowerPly is a carcass construction that lessens the twist in the tyre. Less twist means a faster response to your steering.

 

So how does the latest PowerPly technology stack up against other leading American brands?

We recently put the latest addition to the Mickey Thompson range, the ATZP3, to the test against two other leading American-made brands to evaluate how the PowerPly product performed against the more traditional radial ply carcass technology.

 

3 controlled tests took place at a leading tyre and vehicle test facility - San Antonio Texas, USA

In the real world you don't drive on race tracks every day, but by using a controlled environment and a professional evaluator you're guaranteed to get repeatable results. Each brand of tyre was evaluated and compared in different situations, through 3 tests that are designed to simulate the real world situations you could encounter on any given day. Each test is designed to put the tyres through a particular 'real life' situation, to measure their handling and responsiveness.

 

 

 

 

Ryan - Test Evaluator

Test 1 - The Bitumen Slalom Test

Test 1 - The Bitumen Slalom Test

This test measures a tyres responsiveness and stability through manoeuvres.

 

Test 2 - The Dry Handling & Emergency Lane Change Test

Test 2 - The Dry Handling & Emergency Lane Change Test

This is a stress test which repliccates everyday driving situations and measures how effectively the tyre handles.

Test 3 - The Wet Handling Test

Test 3 - The Wet Handling Test

This test measures the tyres ability to handle everyday wet driving situations that can often result in hydroplaning.

 

The Overall Verdict

The Overall Verdict

Based on the performance of all three popular American brands, over the series of tests, the evaluator deemed that the Mickey Thompson ATZP3 with PowerPly consistently performed above the competitor tyres. It's latest technology, carcass, compound and tread design proved to be superior all round for overall handling, responsiveness and driveability.

 

So how do PowerPly tyres respond faster?

So how do PowerPly tyres respond faster?

As the testing showed, there are differences in the time it takes for tyres to respond. Mickey Thompson Tires designed a tyre that responds faster. PowerPly is a carcass construction that features a directional ply running slightly across the two radial plies linking them together, strengthening the tyre and reducing its tendency to twist.

 

It's this third ply, the PowerPly, that makes all the difference - as less twist means a faster response to your steering. Put simply, PowerPly makes the tyre handle better and is safer.

 

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