Finally got my new set of mags .. now came the question what tyres ... i am die hard supported of the Falken Azenies range, and so is my tyre supplier, but today we tried something new. he tested the Toyo Trampio Gu:wn (TPG) (http://www.toyo.com.au/TPG%20page.htm
) in his track car and has found just as good if not slightly better handling characteristics compared to the Falkens he normally uses.
One big suprise was, the Toyo tyres didnt show anywhere close as much wear as the Falkens did.
Falken Azenis tyres are normally rated to 20 to 25thou km, where as the Toyo tyre is rated to 30 to 35thou km (on road conditions - not track). Basically the Trampio Gu:wn uses a similar pattern to the old Falken RS tread pattern with a harder compound rubber, however it also produces less road noise.
the previous tyres were 245/40/R18 Nankang sports on the rear and 235/40/R18 Falken St115 on the front
I personally wanted to go with 255/40/R17 Falken RT215 rear and 235/45/R17 Falken ST115 fronts, however these are what i got now:
Toyo Tramio Gu:wn
looking at that i have decreased the overall rolling diameter and increased the width of the tyre, and i must say i am glad i went that way. acceleration has improved by a lot (due to smaller rolling diameter), traction has improved slightly, however i must wait until i wear in the tyres a little more and to my suprise cornering hasn't changed too much. the car has become slight more tail happy, but still in a very controled manner. But the biggest improvemnt i must admit is steering respsonse. very well behaved steering control. road noise is to a pure minimum (my diff is louder than the tyres). Also the Toyo tyres has a very distingtive V pattern, which show good characteristics in the wet.
now you are asking how much ...
up to $400 cheaper the the Falken tyres
so far i am plesently suprised and can only recommend them ... next i will test the Proxes T1-R (http://www.toyo.com.au/proxes%20t1-R%20page.htm
please tell me if anyone else used either the Gu:wn tyres or the Proxes T1-R and what they think of them .. track and street testes, km/wear, wet condition, handling, conering, traction, etc
also feel free to add any oterh tyre make and model ... this may be used as a help guide to what tyres to get for what car and tyre