The AR1 is still considered the new kid on the block. Much talked about for quite some time but few seem to have actually have tried the latest high performance tyre from Nankang. We’ve gone through a couple of sets on the Trackdays.ie Civics and found them excellent and in terms of feel, there was no noticeable difference between them and the (albeit ageing) Toyo R888R’s that were previously fitted.
They gripped well from cold, (which is backed up by a lot of UK sprint & hillclimb competitors using them) got up to temperature in a lap or two and didn’t fade when hot. Wear rate was comparable with the Toyo’s too. All in all, a great tyre for the price.
The Yokohama A008 165/70 R10 Performance Tyre is the UK & Ireland’s best selling tyre for the Classic Mini.
The asymmetric tread pattern provides great straight line stability while having superior cornering ability. The soft compound adds tremendous grip to all applications, and this tyre has been the standard for years on vintage race Minis while still being a very popular street performance tyre!
The A048 is the Granddaddy of track day tyres. Still widely considered one of the best track tyre available and used by countless racing series the world over. If outright on-track performance is what you’re after then the A048 is still right up there with the best.
We run most of the Trackdays.ie Civic’s on Yoko A048’s and can’t fault their grip, longevity and outright performance.
The Yokohama A048 tyre was previously E marked but no longer is and therefore is not permitted for road use.
Yokohama A052 Road Legal Track Day Tyre
The Yokohama A052 is the successor to the incredibly popular A048 ultra high performance / track tyre. The A052 is a road legal tyre designed with Motorsport in mind and features an asymmetric high rigidity tread pattern with an all new 'Sport Compound' providing controlled handling and extreme grip on both wet and dry surfaces, while maintaining the all-important E mark for road use.
Ideal for ultra high performance road driving, track days, sprints, hill climbs and circuit racing where road legal tyres are a requirement.
E approved for road use
List 1B tyre
The Yokohama A539 is a great all rounder and is the successor to the popular A520 tyre. This is definitely a high performance road tyre that performs well on track, as opposed to a track tyre that performs well on the road. So if you’re tracking your daily driver, the A539 could be a tyre worth considering.
The A539 has an advanced silica compound to ensure superb traction in the wet and even the most challenging surfaces, which is why it’s popular with endurance trials drivers. It has been specifically designed to give minimum noise levels and provide a comfortable drive. The use of an asymmetrical tread pattern offers outstanding stability in corners allowing you to enter corners with more confidence and experience a more exhiliarating drive.
The Yokohama A021-R tyre is a list 1C tyre, ideal for track days, circuit racing, special stages and rallies. It is designed as a wet weather/intermediate tyre with a softer compound and an increased tread depth for maximum grip and wet weather performance. It is an ideal all round performer and is available in a range of popular competition sizes.