Chain tires can be defined by three types of tread patterns. Slick tires (or dry weather), rain tires and versatile. The smooth and wet options offer the best grip in dry or wet weather, but don`t work as well in opposite conditions. Yokohama and Nankang versatile performance tires can be used effectively in all conditions and are often used as control tires for some championships. All three types of tyres are generally offered in a range of compounds from soft to hard. Softer tires offer a higher level of grip at the expense of tire life and are particularly effective in cold weather. Harder tires offer less grip but better durability and are especially useful on tracks with higher abrasion. So, first, let`s explore the humble road tire and for the sake of arguments, I`m going to choose Pirelli as my brand, especially the Pirelli Pzero. Now it`s a high-performance tire mounted on many premium cars, the kind of cars that can be taken on race days. Well, while you can take your Ferrari with you to the Nürburgring, the argument would be that you won`t get the best grip performance against the same car, but with slicks. That`s right. But if you really wanted roadside approvals on your vehicle traveling on pothole country roads, certainly not, the softer area wouldn`t hold up very well. For specially built race cars in dry conditions, the slick tire is king.
If the weather is cooperating, you want the best possible contact surface, so getting rid of the tread completely is the right way to go. But what about a reasonably ordinary road car that wasn`t designed for such boots? Will a set of slick tires really make that much difference compared to a road-legal semi-slick? This niche market, which was quite limited a few years ago, has spread and today equips different types of sports cars in search of optimal performance. Lap records have indeed become a real marketing argument to validate the performance of a car, and manufacturers do not hesitate to offer semi-slick tires as original equipment. What the Mégane 3 RS Trophy R, Ferrari 488 Pista and Lamborghini Huracan Performante have in common is that they are equipped with these ultra-grip tires. So the benefits of using normal summer tyres on the track are not really clear, if they are of superior brand, they will be fine and at least you will be able to drive to and from the track (if there is a profile left) without having to change them and have a decent performance on the track itself. But there are many things to consider, such as weather, temperature, other track users and of course your own abilities. I asked a few people and they say a lot that track car tires use We have compiled a selection of the best alternatives on the market. Tyres that do justice to a sporting use as we understand it and that are also homologated for road traffic.
The Yokohama brand has made sports tires its specialty. The A052, which replaces the legendary A048, promises a career as successful as its predecessor. Available in relatively common sizes (from 16 to 18 inches), it is one of the best compromises on the market. The tread of a slick tire is completely smooth for unparalleled grip in the dry. Using them on wet roads is pure recklessness. In summary, we can say that it is really a case of every man for himself. If you`re a die-hard racer, you`ll probably have event-specific tires, track tires for your track day, and wouldn`t even consider using regular tires on the track. If you have legal slicks on the road on your everyday car – it`s probably not an everyday car and maybe your weekend, but if they`re on your daily commute, you`ll be driving very carefully on the rain! Thanks to Jonathan Benson of Tyre Reviews, we have our answer. With a Hyundai i30 N Fastback at Pirelli`s Tazio Nuvolari test track in Italy, Benson tried a quartet of tyres. It all started with a standard P Zero PZ4 “Ultra Ultra High Performance” tyre that performs well in both wet and dry conditions, followed by a drier Trofeo R.
Then he tried two different sets of tablecloths with the same connections but different constructions. One of the most extreme tires on the market! The Trofeo R is considered one of the most grippy tires. And the Lamborghini Huracan Performante`s record at the Nürburgring probably owes a lot to this tyre. We`ll let Benson deliver the lap times and give more detailed driving impressions, but it`s safe to say he`s a fan of slicks. We often see people buying road sheets for normal road traffic, and I often wonder if you actually benefit from using them on the road? Aside from the fact that it looks pretty awesome, what are the pros and cons? On the other hand, is there an argument in favor of using normal road tires on the track? At The Tyre Shop we handle all types of tires and can give you what you need or want, we can only advise you, but in the end, it`s always your choice. Indeed, its profile with few grooves reduces the evacuation of water, so its use on wet roads requires certain precautions. Not to mention its relatively short lifespan. As you will have understood, a semi-slick tire has been developed for sports use and specifically for the track. The semi-slick tyre sector is booming.
Never before has the supercar and hypercar niche used the tyre factor so much to set new lap records on the track. We have compiled a selection of the best semi-slick tires available on the market in 2019. Find industry leaders and racing tires for the budget. Because without grooves, aquaplaning occurs immediately on wet roads Slick tires are designed exclusively for competition. Use on the street is strictly prohibited. Tires are the main point of contact between your car and the road surface. Therefore, they play a crucial role in how the car drives, brakes and accelerates. Although they look similar in appearance, road and competition tires from brands such as Pirelli, Toyo and Hankook are designed to meet very different requirements.
Road tires provide reasonable grip in all conditions while minimizing road noise, but competitive tires offer no compromise in tracking grip and performance. Benson expected the slicks to be only slightly faster, but no—they were still able to cut off a good chunk of the time while making the car amazing. Not only in terms of cornering, but also when braking, it was noticeably different, even the high pressures of the center pedal did not trigger the ABS. Semi-Slick defines the most extreme and sporty tire on the market. Designed for a professional audience, it meets relatively simple specifications: maximum performance. However, it has to fight against a number of restrictions that make it incompatible with everyday use. Then we go to Road Legal Slicks on everyday roads, for that I look at the Toyo R888R and to be honest, it`s a great tire! It looks good, the performance excellent (on the track), but would you use it for your daily life? The people I`ve talked to say yes! It`s an expensive option for normal road traffic, but they say they feel like they`re getting their money`s worth in performance. As far as the track is concerned, this tyre also brings the beans with its rigid sidewall and softer compound, it really keeps the rubber on the asphalt. The only “downside” people have told me when I use street tablecloths for everyday use is that you have to be careful when you`re wet.
In the dry, once the tires warm up, you get a very good performance, but if there are puddles or surface water, you have to be very careful. Reviews on tires Recent tests pit two Pirelli road tires against a pair of slicks to see the differences in lap time There is an alternative to slicks if you want to ride on the road: semi-slicks. These are based on the design of the tablecloths, except that they have grooves. As a result, grip performance on dry roads is not as good as on slicks. But they protect against the risk of aquaplaning. Semi-slick tires are approved for the road to make the most of the vehicle`s capability. Although this tire has a more limited distribution than some of its competitors, it does not lack interest. Developed for exceptional sports cars (Porsche, Mercedes AMG, etc.), it has proven technology of the latest generation.