Once we arrived at the facility, we were greeted by the training staff and went through an introductory class to learn the fundamentals of winter driving. On top of covering the fundamentals, we also practiced principles in proper control in low-grip situations, advanced skid control, threshold braking and how to maximize weight transfer.
The school is sponsored by Lexus in addition to Bridgestone, so the vehicles used for the weekend were the 2012 Lexus ES 350 (for a front-wheel drive platform) and the 2012 Lexus GX460 (for an all-wheel drive platform). The Lexus tires chosen for each vehicle were:
- The ES 350 was equipped with a set of Bridgestone Blizzak WS70.
- The GX460 was installed with a set of Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1.
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
There was no comparison test on the track, but might I say, both tires worked very well in advanced winter driving situations. We were forcing the vehicles to oversteer in every turn, forward spin turn, reverse spin turn and the Pendulum turn (Scandinavian flick). If you're looking for winter / snow tires for your Lexus or another luxury brand vehicle, the Bridgestone Blizzak lineup is worth considering.