Japanese tyre manufacturer Toyo announced the UK launch of its eagerly-awaited road-legal track tyre at the Autosport International show last week.
The all-new Proxes R888R will eventually replace the phenomenally successful Proxes R888 and has been improved in every single area, according to the tyre maker. The outgoing design, which will continue in many sizes as the new model rolls in, is a proven race winner and has been used to win countless championships, most recently the 2014 Toyota Sprint Series in the UK.
The new Proxes R888R has been totally re-engineered to create a tyre that performs even better on track, while remaining one of very few tyres commercially available that will surpass the latest tyre labelling regulations, making it totally legal to use on the road as well as the track.
Initially produced in 32 sizes, the new Proxes R888R boast a fast warm up time, increased dry grip and sustained performance over multiple laps and heat cycles. A rayon ‘super-high’ turn up ply on some sizes, combined with steel side plies, give the new Proxes R888R precise steering response and feedback to the driver allowing full control in order to optimise lap times.
Toyo performed exhaustive testing of the R888R with BTCC and British GT driver Tom Onslow-Cole in the UK. These tests benchmarked a wide range of sports and club racecars against not only the outgoing R888, but also against the best of the opposition.
Alan Meaker, Toyo tyres UK Technical and Motorsport Director, commented on the tyre: “The Proxes R888R really is a very complete solution for driving and trackday enthusiasts – as well as serious racers.
“The new labelling regulations mean that this tyre now stands alone in the market as a competition-quality design that can be legally drive to and from the circuit. This makes it perfect for trackday and club race use. Judging by its improved performance in all areas, we think it will be every bit as popular as its forebear.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office