Choosing new tires remains a difficult task. There are countless reviews on the internet and people in your immediate environment like to present their opinion, but you can’t just assume all of this. Anyone who has ridden tired Linglongs all his life will love the cheapest Kumho. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but if you’re going for performance, an average street tire won’t suffice.
With a track tire it is even more difficult
Because which track tire is the best? Someone can be very dissatisfied with their performance rubber, but maybe the tire pressure was too high. On the track (warm tires means more air pressure) he or she then drives with very hard tires. That’s why it’s nice to have an expert’s opinion. The Tire Reviews YouTube channel is going out to pick a few participants.
They conduct an exhaustive test of eight popular sporty tires. These are not thoroughbred slicks, but street tires suitable for track use. They are all tires with the same wear rate (treadwear). The Michelin Cup 2 and Toyo R888R do not fall into the same category and are unfortunately excluded from this test. The test car is a BMW M3 of the E36 generation.
The test method
In the video, the tester notes the lap times per tire. He looks at the first lap on the tape and then the average over three laps. With the fastest tires he does some extra laps for an average over eight laps. For example, it shows which tire performs well when it is still cold and which tires become faster or slower as the temperature increases. He also gives his personal feedback on how the tires feel.
Which track tire is best?
You cannot fully draw that conclusion from the video, because there are many more factors that are important. We call it the track, the car under which you mount them and your own driving style. The video gives a very nice indication of the performance and you know that you will not go wrong with those tires. The only drawback: not all tapes in the video are available in Europe.