CHRIS HARRIS VIDEO: C63 AMG ON SPACE SAVERS
How much grip does a 487hp C63 AMG have on space saver tyres? Not a lot, as Harris discovers in his first video
As is always the case with anything puerile and childish, this exercise proved far more thought-provoking than expected. Yes, running a 487hp rear-drive coupe on 125/70 tyres does shunt the handling balance somewhere towards the more infantile areas of accepted motor car behaviour. But boy was it fun.
The other point, obviously, is the concept of grip reduction. Are we at a tipping-point in the grunt-grip relationship? Toyota is currently making a deliberate statement about its GT 86 coupe only running a 215 section tyre. That's the company which hedged its future on hybrids suddenly deciding that selling white-goods doesn't capture anyone's imagination and that it needs to own the affordable driver-centric heartland. I think its timing might be spot-on, and I think projecting it through a reduction of tyre grip, as opposed to an escalation is overall velocity, is inspired. Toyota hasn't been within a hundred miles of the enthusiast zeitgeist for a decade. With the GT 86, it might have the thing in its pocket.
Lastly, I would like to recommend people run their C63 AMG on space savers but, sadly, have to advise against it. With 60psi at each corner, the ride-comfort takes a nasty hit.