TRACK DAY TYRES

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Many tyre man­u­fac­tures now of­fer road-le­gal tyres aimed for use on track days. Th­ese tend to fea­ture a higher rub­ber con­tent than tra­di­tional road tyres, and tread pat­tern de­signs with min­i­mal grooves to en­sure the largest pos­si­ble con­tact patch with the road. The re­sult is far su­pe­rior grip, es­pe­cially when up to op­er­at­ing tem­per­a­tures. The best per­form­ing track tyre is likely to be a slick de­sign us­ing in­cred­i­bly soft rub­bers, but as th­ese are sim­ply no good in wet and slip­pery con­di­tions they are not road le­gal. Tyres such as Nankang’s AR-1 and Toyo’s R888R, how­ever, are 100% road le­gal and give the per­fect com­pro­mise of ex­cel­lent per­for­mance when on track but with­out af­fect­ing the car’s le­gal­ity when driv­ing on the road. The down­sides to road-le­gal track day tyres are in­creased wear rates, and re­duced wet weather per­for­mance when com­pared with tra­di­tional road tyres.

Win­ter tyres work bet­ter in colder con­di­tions, but aren’t suit­able for year-round use

Track day tyres tend to fea­ture shal­lower grooves for op­ti­mum dry­weather per­for­mance

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