Cool Kit

08 THINGS WE WANT

– DC

1 THE CARS OF MIGHTY CAR MODS $60 mightycarmods.com MCM’s new hardcover book features annotated pictures on the show’s best cars and yarns from the boys Marty and Moog. Perfect flick-fodder for your coffee table.

2 SIMPSON STREET BANDIT $385 simpsonraceproducts.com The Street version of Simpson’s iconic Bandit design offers a bigger eye-port in case you need more vision of what’s going on around you. Snell M2015 approved.

3 BOTTAS BASEBALL CAP $60 shop.mercedesamgf1.com Valtteri Bottas is a force to be reckoned with in the hot seat of Mercedes-Benz’s W09. Support the ice-cool Finn trackside with this hat sporting his number, #77.

4 HUGO BOSS THE SCENT $105 hugoboss.com Some say the Maninka tree’s flowers look like fried eggs, but all we know is, when mixed with ginger their extract makes for an “unforgettable” aroma in Hugo Boss’s new fragrance, The Scent.

5 TAG HEUER CARRERA

01 $7750 tagheuer.com Special Red Bull Racing edition chronograph comes in 45mm case, is Swiss made and also available with blue calf skin rubber/leather strap. Water resistant to 100 metres.

6 SPARCO FORMULA RB-8 $320 racerindustries.com.au Your feet will have never looked so good with these rangetopping Sparco race boots. Perforated calfskin, stretch fabric, quick-lacing and ultra-thin pure rubber sole for maximum feel.

7 ASTON PRINT $130 shop.astonmartin.com Created by the Aston Martin design team and printed on heavy weight paper, this A2 print will make any wall look interesting. One of eight designs available. Price excludes shipping.

8 TW STEEL WTCR $599 twsteel.com You might not care that much that this watch is to celebrate TW Steel’s sponsorship of World Touring Car team Boutsen Ginion Racing and driver Tom Coronel, but you’ll care that it looks this good.

4.0 PRODUCT ROADTEST

PRODUCT: FALKEN AZENIS FK510

PRICE: $289 each (235/35R19)

WEBSITE: www.falken.com.au

FALKEN’S NEW Azenis FK510 is a solid all-round performer and worthy of consideration against more fancied products such as the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, Continental SportContact6 and Pirelli P-Zero – particularly given a set of the Falkens is likely to work out a few hundred dollars cheaper. While all the Euro brands will still pip the Japanese Falken for those final few degrees of wet and dry performance – and, occasionally, ‘wow’ factor – we’d be very happy with the FK510s when factoring in their competitive price, as we discovered after 500km of anecdotal testing fitted to our Ford Focus RS long termer. With strong, if not mind-blowing, wet lateral grip, the FK510s give you confidence to push up a saturated twisty road, holding on impressively and letting go in a predictable manner. The FK510s also seem to work with the car in giving you feel for what they’re doing – making them more fun than scary. While neither noisy nor quiet on the highway, they did subtly improve ride comfort on our Focus RS having replaced that car’s firmer Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 rubber (which also uses a much higher pressure). Nobody should ever buy a tyre for how it looks, but the asymmetric Falken clearly prioritises function over form with its purposeful, busy shoulderblocks. The jury is still out a little bit on their dry performance as it rained for the entirety of our test, although a handful of dry corners would suggest the FK510 is another strong performer for dry tenacity and feel. We also can’t comment on their life; or durability during prolonged hard driving on an abrasive, twisty, dry road. Based on our limited experience on the Falkens, we might miss the ‘wow’ moments you get from Michelin Pilot Sport 4Ss in the dry, or Conti SportContact6s in the wet, but the FK510s feel to strike an exceptional balance between performance and price. And will give you a truer idea of your chassis’ talent.

– DC