Is Bugatti Veyron, worth several million dollars, good enough for road use in Northern Europe? Apparently not - not if it's winter.
Last Thursday an unsuspecting Veyron owner was unpleasantly surprised at the Latvian MOT roadworthiness test, when his precious new "investment on wheels" was deemed unfit for road use.
It turns out you do need winter tyres even if your supercar is not designed for winter tyres and no suitable "off-the-shelf" tyres exist in the market.
From December 1st to February 28th all vehicles in Latvia (and other northern countires) must be fitted with all-season or winter tyres. If you get caught with "summer" tyres with no "mud + snow" markings, you will receive 30 euro fine.
If you attempt to pass MOT test with wrong type of tyres, you will fail. Which is what happened to our Veyron owner who, by the way, used to have a Pagani Zonda and still has a custom "ZONDA" numberplate.
A lesson we learn from this is that not all 4 wheel drives make good winter cars...