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This is a discussion on Best track tires within the Focus RS Wheels and Tires forums, part of the Focus RS Garage category; Originally Posted by jstein77 The simple reason is that they just work for autocrossing. They've won every comparison test I've seen, even beating the Goodrich, ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jstein77 View Post
    The simple reason is that they just work for autocrossing. They've won every comparison test I've seen, even beating the Goodrich, and all the fast guys in my area are running them. I've been very impressed with their grip so far.
    haha - yup that's what the guys around here have been saying too - I just find it funny lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave-ROR View Post
    Old R888's are terrible tires, I mean it's really near impossible to make a worse R compound tire.

    I like the RC1s for "budget track tires". Budget being not Hoosier's (normal or cantilevered) or some of the FIA tires out there.

    I might have to check out the new R888Rs, currently the RA1 is still my favorite Toyo tire. They aren't really good, but they last awhile at least.
    I would have to agree that the old R888's were good for a couple of laps before becoming completely greasy. And that was on my relatively light Lotus Exige. Certainly not my favorite track tire. I think bang for the buck (stickiness, communicative, longevity) the Toyo RA-1 is hard to beat. That and the Nitto NT-01. Supposedly they are the same rubber compound. I've been running NT-01's for the past couple of seasons on numerous cars, Exige, 600hp Vette and now a Cayman S and still love them. I can't speak highly enough about them. Certainly there are stickier tires but at a significantly higher price point and faster degradation rate.

    Still waiting on some solid reviews on the R888R.
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    I'm assuming you don't have too much experience on autox, one big mistake most people made is asking for good tires, you will be faster but it will ruin your driving skill. if you don't care, then go for the re-71r, it is proven the best 200 treadwear tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 350rs View Post
    I'm assuming you don't have too much experience on autox, one big mistake most people made is asking for good tires, you will be faster but it will ruin your driving skill. if you don't care, then go for the re-71r, it is proven the best 200 treadwear tires.
    Out of curiosity, how can a better tire ruin the driving skills?

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    My primary experience wrt track tires has been with the Michelin Sport Cup 2, but due to the high cost (305/30/19's rear on 997.1 esp.) I switched to Toyo Proxies R888 and have been pleased with them. A lot more road noise given the aggressive tread pattern, but my go to track tire now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serk View Post
    Out of curiosity, how can a better tire ruin the driving skills?
    It can mask a lot of mistakes. Always good to up your skills first then move on to a stickier tire. I see guys moving to slicks right away, and aren't fast enough to keep heat in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave-ROR View Post
    Old R888's are terrible tires, I mean it's really near impossible to make a worse R compound tire.

    I like the RC1s for "budget track tires". Budget being not Hoosier's (normal or cantilevered) or some of the FIA tires out there.

    I might have to check out the new R888Rs, currently the RA1 is still my favorite Toyo tire. They aren't really good, but they last awhile at least.
    Sorry to revive an old thread but Iím looking for some tire advice.

    Iím looking for a cheap and durable track tire. I donít really care about lap times or grip levels. I just want a tire that will last a long time on the track without chunking or delaminating or wearing too quickly.

    Both @Dave-ROR and @Jon mentioned longevity when describing the RA1. Is that my best bet or should I be looking elsewhere?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camper Van Someren View Post
    Sorry to revive an old thread but Iím looking for some tire advice.

    Iím looking for a cheap and durable track tire. I donít really care about lap times or grip levels. I just want a tire that will last a long time on the track without chunking or delaminating or wearing too quickly.

    Both @Dave-ROR and @Jon mentioned longevity when describing the RA1. Is that my best bet or should I be looking elsewhere?
    Quite a few of the local track junkies run the Federal RSRRs. Not the fastest tire nor the most durable, but for the price (I've gotten them for $460 a set shipped to my door) they are pretty hard to beat. Here's my set after 5 events, I would say they have about 1/3 of the life left. Shoulders are worn (not enough neg camber) so will be flipping them on the wheel for the rest of it's life.

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    I agree. I have RS/RR on my cheap track wheels. The "bite" is very good and am pleased with the performance especially considering the total cost.
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    I've driven an RS with the Federals and I was pleasantly surprised. Not up to a Toyo R888R, or RA-1 but since you are not interesting in the fastest times for usually less than 500 bucks you probably can't go wrong giving them a try.

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