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Toyo Proxes R888R: the new benchmark for semi-slicks?

New tyres Published the 15/12/2014 by Julien

The Toyo R888 is a must in the track day world. The R888R, which is intended to be more radical and less versatile, has just been introduced and will complete the tyre range.

Asymmetric tread Toyo Proxes R888R After the Toyo R888, the new R888R with an asymmetric tread design - Copyright © : Toyo

The Toyo Proxes R888 is a tyre well-known to sports car enthusiasts and track day participants. Homologated for road use, it targets drivers looking for a product delivering exceptional performance on the dry.

It can also be found in hillclimb races and on some historic vehicles. Its wide range of sizes (13 to 20-inch rims) makes it ideal for a vast range of sports cars. The R888R is designed to more efficient on dry surface providing more extreme performances; but is less performant on wet compared to the R888.

The Toyo Proxes R888R adopts a different architecture. Indeed, the R888 was a directional tyre whereas the R888R is an asymmetric tyre. This radical change should, in theory, improve the tyre’s steering response. 

Toyo Proxes R888 versus R888RCopyright © : Toyo

However, the most important changes are not necessarily the most visible. Based on the tests carried out by Toyo, the R888R is faster on track and steadier with a better resistance to heat build up.

The feeling has also improved to optimise steering feedback and take the driving experience to another level.

The R888 remain available and the R888R will be launched during 2015 in 25 dimensions, ranging from 13 to 19 inches

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