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To introduce a new tire, the press were invited to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville where we could push the tires far beyond the limits of public roads. I’ve been a freelance automotive journalist for 18 years, as well as a contributing editor/product tester for an American consumer magazine. This is my unbiased evaluation of the product good, bad or ugly.
Canadian Tire says the new SE3 is their best performing premium all season tire. Its silica compound claims superior wet traction, reliable stops, smooth lane changes and easy cornering. Tread life is 95,000 km (H/V rated sizes) or 130,000 km (T rated sizes). Price per tire is $99 and up.
I’m told the superior traction and handling aspects derive from the asymmetric, directional tread pattern and 3D tread blocks. To oversimplify, it’s optimized to channel away rain, and when hard cornering creates lateral forces that push one set of tread blocks against another, the new aggregate combination acts to best maintain traction and performance.
How did it do on the track?
First, there was a short course completed with name brand competitor tires, and then repeated with the Motomaster SE3 tires for comparison. Driving through simulated potholes, the SE3 was smoother but not astoundingly so.
It was the maximum acceleration and obstacle avoidance portion where the differences became obvious. You could literally brake full on at the last second and still safely complete an emergency lane change with the SE3. On the hard cornering test, the SE3 tolerated much higher speeds before traction started to slip.
Oh, did I mention that it was raining and obstacles like a crystal chandelier, piano and classic car were scattered about the course? During a high speed lane change and return maneuver though, the fun and games became heart stoppingly real as a human photographer, hidden by a giant inflatable beaver, unwisely crossed the track and would have been flattened had the SE3 tires not done their thing. Just like on road near misses, it wasn’t planned.
Next, a pro driver took the wheel as we hit the race track. Suffice to say the SE3 is one sticky tire as it held the track at extreme speeds well beyond what’s legal, or sensible, on public roads. Even when pushed to the point of slipping, backing off just a little returned control.
Ironically, the test track wasn’t the scariest part of my day. En route to the event on a rural road with only one lane in each direction, another driver was illegally passing from behind on an uphill grade just as an oncoming vehicle appeared. Had my photographer/sister, who was driving, not swerved right to allow all three cars to simultaneously pass alongside each other, we might not have arrived at all.