NASHVILLE, Tenn.-The Bridgestone Blizzak was rated the best winter performance tire during a head-to-head test with four other brands, according the November issue of Automobile Magazine. The magazine tested the Blizzak WS-15 against the Michelin Alpin, Continental Sport Contact TS750 (a.k.a. Winter Sport Contact), Nokia Hakkapelitta 10 and an all-season tire, the BFGoodrich Touring T/A, at Michigan Technological University's Keweenaw Research Center in Houghton, Mich.
The tires were subjected to acceleration and braking tests on both packed-snow and icy surfaces, mounted on a Cutlass Ciera SL.
The Blizzaks stopped 6 feet shorter than the next closest tire at 30 mph on snow and 34 feet shorter than its competition on ice, according to the magazine.
``The Blizzak has few if any faults as a true winter-traction tire,'' the article said. ``Its level of grip, whether starting on an icy hill or powering out of a tight corner, is phenomenal. It doesn't take an expert to look like a hero with this tire.''
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. said the Blizzak has a ``multicell'' compound whose microscopic pores ``create biting edges that grip the road surface . . . (and) absorb the film of water which often develops on icy roads.''