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Tyres for Track Racing

Sport Published the 28/07/2011 by Daniel

Sports tyres, semi-slicks or slicks? Advantages and disadvantages of various types of tyres for track driving, with a selection of the best references on the market.

Track Racing Track Racing - Copyright © : Michelin

Driving on race tracks, also known as “track days”, is all the rage in Europe. Driving courses, fan weekends and amateur races are springing up everywhere to meet demand.

From the owners of luxurious sports cars to tuning fans who prepare their own machines for the track, speed fans are on the lookout for thrills in a safe and suitable environment.

Although it can be done using standard cars, race track driving means certain highly-stressed components such as tyres and brakes require special attention.

As regards the tyres, three types of tyre can be used for leisure racing: ordinary, semi-slick and slick. Each one corresponds to a given use; each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Ordinary sports tyresCopyright © : Lorand JF
Ordinary sports tyres: to get to grips with the trackPleasant to drive, progressive, effective in the rain, the ordinary sports tyre is ideal for novices at track days. However, if you practice aggressive driving, it will soon reach its limits. Read more >

 

Semi-slick tyresCopyright © : Jean-Guillaume Thyere
Semi-slick tyres: half-way between leisure and competitionAvailable in various qualities, the semi-slick tyre is suitable for the track while remaining certified for road use. Disadvantage: mediocre performances on wet surfaces. Read more >

Slick tyresCopyright © : Jean-Guillaume Thyere
Slick tyres: fully developed for competition

Developed for maximum grip, slick tyres are designed purely for racing. Like the semi-slick, it comes in several rubber qualities. Read more >