Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: At the apex, blocking your pass.
No love for the r-comp tires? If I were looking for track tires for a car that saw limited driving (i.e. not a daily driver,) the Toyo R888 would be at the top of my very short list.
1 - They're R-compound tires, so they're street-legal racing tires. Their level of grip is going to be significantly higher than street tires.
2 - They handle water very well. I wouldn't drive them at speed through puddles, but in anything short of a downpour, they're fine (we run the 888's and unshaved RA1's in wet races all the time.)
3 - Unlike the Toyo RA1's, the 888's do not need to be shaved for optimum grip and tire life. (If the RA1's didn't need to be shaved, they'd be at the top of my list.)
4 - The 888's are molded to 8/32", giving it excellent life for an r-comp tire.
5 - Both the RA1's and 888's wear like iron. Because of this, they don't have the highest levels of grip (like Hoosier r-comps, for example,) but are still much better than even the grippiest street tire. Because of their low wear rate, they're the specified tire for many race series including NASA's Camaro-Mustang Challenge and American Iron Series as well as the SCCA SPEED World Challenge.
Take a hard look at the Toyo Proxes R888.
-- Robert King
NASA AI #42, Texas
Instructor, NASA Texas Region
Instructor, TWS Perf. Driving School
Last edited by gt40mkII; 10-18-2009 at 09:27 PM.