Monday, December 15, 2014

The New Toyo R1R Is Expected To Have a 200 DOT Rating

How will tread pattern on the new 200 DOT R1R compare to the ex gen 140?
The Dunlop Direzza ZII, BFGoodrich g-Force Rival, and Bridgestone RE11A have company! is claiming that Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager, Competition Performance Products Division at Toyo Tire U.S.A. announced at the 2014 PRI Trade Show that the Toyo R1R treadwear has been changed from 140 to 200 for 2015. There is no official statement confirming this on Toyo's website yet and the Tirerack still has the old 140-rated R1Rs listed.

A move to a treadwear of 200 would make a lot of sense since that is at or just above the minimum rating required by LeMons (DOT 190), Chumpcar (DOT 180), and most SCCA street classes. fans have been speculating since August that a move to DOT 200 is inevitable and that a Toyo rep had mentioned at a Toyo-sponsored event back then that Japanese engineers were already testing a 200 treadwear R1R.

So keep an eye on this space and if you are in the market for new street tires for the 2015 season, add the Toyo R1R to your list.

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