Subjective Ride and Handling

Smithers experts provide valuable insight on ride and handling evaluations that can assist engineering teams in developing their tire designs.

While Smithers Rapra is a world leader in laboratory measurement of tire performance, we recognize the need for subjective evaluation. Potential purchasers of new cars, trucks, motorcycles, and ATVs will not judge your product by numeric data – they will drive your vehicle and form their own opinions. These opinions may be shaped by the interaction between human and machine. For example, resonance of different interior panels – steering wheel, seat bottom, floor pan, as well as acoustics, will influence the customers perception of ride performance.

Some tire characteristics are difficult to characterize in the laboratory. Limit handling, non-linearity,  crispness, perception of yaw center location, steering feel, sound tonality when traversing different pavement types, (and many others) are difficult to predict in a laboratory, or from only component testing.

Smithers evaluators are experienced in working with many different OEMs and are can effectively help your design staff produce tires to meet OE requirements. We can also use our wide range of experience to help your designers use OE technology to leapfrog your competition.

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