235/35 R19. 305/30 R19. A 997 911 Carrera S and 5 sets of the newest track day tyres designed to give you the ultimate driving pleasure. It sounds like our dream test, so quite how we missed its publication last year we'll never know.
In 2012 Sport Auto put this ideal combination of things on test. In comparison to their smaller sized tyre tests, they've ignored the duller qualities of a tyre, such as rolling resistance and ride comfort, and instead focused on the features you want from a track day tyre - lap time, steering feel and even tyre weight.
|1st: Pirelli P Zero Trofeo|
Dry: 56.9 seconds
Wet: 85.7 seconds
Overall: The best balance of wet and dry performance on test. A very manageable tyre in the dry, when pushed the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo reacts with a little understeer. Strong rear stability in both the dry and wet.
Misc: 44.6 kgs
|2nd: Continental ContiForceContact|
Dry: 57.2 seconds
Wet: 85 seconds
Overall: The Continental Force Contact is the strongest tyre on test in wet conditions. In the dry it lacks a certain subjective sharpness, but this doesn't affect the ultimate lap time in the test. A fast tyre, characterised by a little understeer and a little soft at the limit.
Misc: 41.8 kgs
|3rd: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup+|
Dry: 57.3 seconds
Wet: 87.3 seconds
Overall: The sharpest tyre on test, the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup+ is extremely direct with quick steering response and a high level of grip. While this makes the Michelin feel the purest race tyre on test, it also means you have to be a capable driver, as it can be snappy on the limit and the rear can break quickly in the wet.
Misc: 44 kgs
|4th: Dunlop SportMaxx Race|
Dry: 57 seconds
Wet: 90.2 seconds
Overall: The new Dunlop Sport Maxx Race is a strong dry weather tyre. One of the fastest lap times, it has a beautiful neutral balance and is extremely strong on the brakes. It seems to have traded a little wet performance for the excellent dry handling, as when the track gets wet the grip levels fall away and the handling gets a little snappy.
Misc: 44.2 kgs
|5th: Toyo R888|
Dry: 57.9 seconds
Wet: 102.4 seconds
Overall: In the wet the Toyo doesn't perform, nearly 20 seconds slowest than the fastest tyre, and leaving the car snappy and difficult to drive. In the dry the R888 lacks the steering precision of the other tyres on test, and leaves the rear of the Porsche loose.
Misc: 50.8 kgs