Last Updated: 02/11/98
These tires weren't tested on an Integra but I think that they are still
Toyo Proxes T1 v Bridgestone Expedia S01 v Dunlop Sport SP8000
v Falken GRBeta v Fulda Y3000 v Goodyear Eagle F1 v Michelin Pilot HX MXM v
Pirelli P-Zero Asimmetrico v Semperit Direction M800 v Yokohama
From: Pasene R. Faifua 03/20/97
Rallye Racing, a German motorsports magazine conducted a Tyre
Test using an Audi A4 1.8t Quattro with 205/55ZRx16 tyres on Goodyear's test
track in Mireval, France.
The tests were divided into performance on wet
and dry roads, rated in each category and given an overall score. To ensure
balanced evaluation of categories pertaining to safety and control, points were
based on both objective computer measurements and subjective impressions of the
drivers. All tyres tested under same conditions.
represent better results: 1/Very good 2/Good 3/Fair 4/Slightly poor 5/Poor.
Results of Rallye Racing Test:
In Wet Conditions -
T1 S01 SP8000 GRBeta Y3000 F1 MXM PZero M800 A008P
Aquaplaning (straight) 2 3 2 4 2.5 1 2 1.5 1.5 4
Aquaplaning (curve) 1 3 2 3.5 2.5 1 2.5 4 1.5 4
ABS Braking 2 1.5 2 1.5 1.5 1 2 4 4 1.5
Circular Driving 1.5 1 4 3 2 1 2 3 4 3
Handling 2 1 3 2 3 1 1.5 2.5 4 4
In Europe, there are four different types of Eagle F1. I believe the
version tested here is known to North Americans as the GS-D2. -AC.
In Dry Conditions -
T1 S01 SP8000 GRBeta Y3000 F1 MXM PZero M800 A008P
External Noise 1.5 2 2 1 2.5 1.5 2 1.5 2 1.5
Slalom 1 2.5 3 2.5 2.5 2.5 1 2.5 3 2
Handling 1 2.5 3 2 3 2 1 2 2.5 3.5
Comfort of Ride 2 3 2 2 2 2 1 3 1 2
Total Evaluation -
Toyo Proxes T1 1
Bridgestone Expedia S01 2
Dunlop Sport SP8000 3
Falken GRBeta 2
Fulda Y3000 3+
Goodyear Eagle F1 1
Michelin HX MXM 1
Pirelli P-Zero Asimmetrico 3+
Semperit Direction M800 3
Yokohama A008P 3
Autocar, an English motoring magazine also conducted a Tyre Test late 1995
also at Goodyear's Mireval Test Track in France, using a BMW M3. The Tyres
Tested were the same except Toyo Proxes T1 weren't available back then, and they
tested Yokohama A510 instead of A008P. Results of Autocar's Tyre Test were the
same order as Rallye Racing's Test. Notably Yokohama A510's were 2.5 seconds
slower than quickest Wet Conditions Time set using Goodyear Eagle F1, and
quickest Dry Conditions Time set using Michelin Pilot HX MXM. You are still
reading this aren't you? Sorry it's so long. Nearly there.....
summarize: Toyo Proxes T1 awarded Overall Winner of Rallye Racing Test. Rallye
Racing - "sporty and precise without being uncomfortable, an all-round tyre
without a weakness, Very good".
More Instrumented Tires Testing
From: Farzaan 12/09/96
I'm kind of jumping into
the middle of this so I hope that I'm not repeating what someone else has done,
but out here in Western Canada, I have a very good relationship with the local
Pirelli distributor. Every year for the last couple of years (except this year),
the local dealer has used my Talon (pretty much a race car) as a basis to test
Pirelli tires against the competition. We used the g'analyst by Valentine as the
measuring tool as well as light timers (same as used in auto-x). It's extremely
accurate and repeatable. Anyhow, here are the results we got from the different
tires we tested. I'll comment on feel and whatnot after the raw data.
All G-figures measured with a g'analyst made by Valentine and light timers.
Skidpad was consistent from run to run, no temp changes, no surface changes.
Controls were put into place to ensure that this had not changed significantly
over the day.
Pirelli PZero 1.05g
Potenza S-02 1.03g
Dunlop SP8000 1.01g
Pirelli P700Z 0.98g
Yokohama AVS-II 0.95g
Potenza RE71 0.92g
Goodyear ZR50 0.91g
Goodyear GT+4 0.90g (not bad for an OEM tire eh?)
Pirelli P210 Snow 0.80g
Hoosier Radial 1.29g
BFG R-1 230 compound 1.22g
Yokohama A008RS-II 1.12g
Keep in mind that the car was setup for racing, -3 degrees camber up front
and -4 in the rear. The local dealer liked using my car because the AWD made it
idiot proof to get consistent results. He also used his own car a BMW 535 for
testing a non-optimal suspension setup car with the above tires. He did not test
the Race Compound tires on his car.
Ok, I am going to ramble now a bit, so hopefully I can get the things we
noticed across without blurring things up too bad :) See, I've already started!
The PZero was the fastest tire around the skidpad. It was also the most
skittish one. The second you passed the limit, the car would lose grip
The S0-2 was the next. This is one awesome tire. Reasonably gradual break
away, good ride quality, excellent grip and good wet weather holding. It had the
best aquaplane resistance of the higher end tires tested.
For the lower cost, the Dunlop SP8000 was hard to fault. It had great stick,
albeit with a lot more steering input and less communication from the steering
wheel. With the Dunlops, it felt like the car wouldn't stick, but if you turned
it in more, it just hung on and hung on. Because of the price and the numbers, I
ended up buying Dunlops for both the Talon and my Porsche.
To give you an indication on how setup the car was, the stock tire registered
at 0.90g (GT+4). A stock Talon that was driven by one of the dealers was run
around the skidpad and registered 0.85g (GT+4).
The big surprise of the day was the P700Z. It kicked all of the high end
tires butts on the BMW! It seems to work much better than the ultra high
performance tires when the suspension is not optimal (ie, camber change, bushing
deflection, etc.). The PZero was the worst on the BMW of the top three (S0-2,
SP8000, PZero). It seems to require dead on alignment and suspension settings to
maximize its use.
The Yokohama tires did poorly in this test and it was disappointing for me as
I used to be a big Yoko fan. The AVS just was too hard of a tire to match the
new big dogs. It had great response, but other than that, it got kicked pretty
bad. The AVS tire felt very much like the Yoko RSII race tire, but the grip just
wasn't there. (BTW - all tires were shaved so that there would be very little
time needed for break in) The AVS was also horrible in the aquaplane test.
Another big surprise were the new generation race tires. All I can say is
"WOW", they performed. The new Hoosier was outstanding. After a few laps around
the skidpad, I had to stop because the oil pressure gauge was starting to go
down from the g'forces. The Hoosier worked great on my car (this was also the
tire we used when we raced the Talon and took four 1st, one 2nd, one 3rd and one
5th this year in the series). The R1 didn't feel like it was working well with
the car setup (too much camber for it), but the numbers that came out were damn
good. Maybe it was just a perception thing. The Yoko once again was outclassed
and this year's Nationals showed that too.
[It is important to remember that each tire has an optimum
suspension/chassis setup. Since it wasn't really practical for the tester to
optimize his setup each time tires were changed, please keep the racing setup in