2020 UHP, UUHP and Track Day Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport Cup 2: 32.7 M
Giti GitiSport GTR3: 35.9 M
Dry HandlingMichelin Pilot Sport Cup 2: 135.9 Km/H
Nokian PowerProof: 130.5 Km/H
Subj. Dry HandlingMichelin Pilot Sport Cup 2: 12 Points
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti: 08 Points
Wet BrakingContinental Sport Contact 6: 26.6 M
Giti GitiSport GTR3: 37 M
Wet HandlingGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5: 83.7 Km/H
Bridgestone Potenza S007 RS: 74.9 Km/H
Subj. Wet HandlingGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5: 10 Points
Toyo Proxes Sport: 05 Points
Wet CircleContinental Sport Contact 6: 7.33 m/s
Giti GitiSport GTR3: 6.27 m/s
Straight AquaContinental Sport Contact 6: 83.4 Km/H
Bridgestone Potenza S007 RS: 70.4 Km/H
Subj. ComfortVredestein Ultrac Vorti: 10 Points
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2: 06 Points
NoiseBridgestone Potenza S007 RS: 70.8 dB
Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport: 72.9 dB
Tyre WeightGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5: 09.84 Kg
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti: 11.78 Kg
Rolling ResistanceNokian PowerProof: 08.7 kg / t
Bridgestone Potenza S007 RS: 10.5 kg / t
If you like detailed and confusing tyre tests, you're in for a treat! The 2020 Sport Auto tyre test has tested ten 245/35 R19 tyres, using a Mercedes AMG A45 S, and is confusingly amazing!

Why is this confusing? They've managed to test three different types of tyres in the single test! The first group is the more "regular" ultra high performance tyres, which includes the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5, Nokian PowerProof, Vredestein Ultrac Vorti, Toyo Proxes Sport, and strangely, the Continental SportContact 6. They've also tested two "UUHP" tyres, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S and the new Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport (which is the group we believe the Continental SportContact 6 should be included in, as the PremiumContact 6 is the more natural rival to the Asymmetric 5), and three track day tyres, the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, the unreleased Bridgestone Potenza S007 RS, and the Giti GitiSport GTR3.

So we have ten tyres across three different categories, with one of them in the wrong category, and one of them unreleased, all in the same test! Fortunately, the data is really interesting, and is a fascinating insight into the differences between the three types of tyre.

Before we start, if you're able to read German, we highly recommend finding a copy of the original test on SportAuto.de as their print layout is way more effective at displaying the differences of all the tyres included.

The differences between tyre types

In theory, as each group of tyres gets more sporty (UHP -> UUHP -> track day tyres), their dry performance and subjective handling scores should increase, while their wet performance and comfort levels should decrease, and this is roughly the case!

In the dry handling testing, the results were perfectly as expected, with the track day tyres best, the two UUHPs next in line, and the five UHP tyres at the bottom of the table. Dry braking wasn't quite as expected, but apart from the Giti, it was roughly correct (see below.)

In the wet, the rule also played out almost perfectly. The track day tyres were always at the bottom of the pack, and while the UUHP tyres were mixing it with the UHP tyres, they never appeared in the top two places. It's nice when logic wins.
 
That said, the gap between the worst wet handling UHP tyre and the best track day tyre wasn't huge, and the wet circle, where the water depth is very shallow, was even closer!
 
The full data can be poured over below, and as always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to ask.

Dry

Michelin will be happy with the dry braking results, as both their tyres lead the group. The track bias Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 had the shortest stopping distance, with the Pilot Sport 4S just 0.4 meters behind. Interestingly, the other two track day tyres only managed to finish seventh and tenth overall. Without knowing how the test procedure was run it's impossible to say why, but it might have something to do with a lack of temperature in the Bridgestone and Giti products.

The dry handling results are much closer to what we expect, with the three trackdays tyres reaching temperature, and being significantly faster than even the fastest UUHP tyre. The two UUHP tyres were also a step above the UHP tyres, both in lap time and subjective handling.

Wet

As you would expect in wet braking, the track day tyres finished at the other end of the table, with even the "best in the dry" Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 nearly 4 meters behind the worst road tyre.

Wet handling gave the first win to the UHP segment, with the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 proving to be the fastest, and best subjectively around the wet handling circuit, with the Continental SportContact 6 a close second.

The wet circle test swapped the top two tyres from wet handling, while the track day tyres continued to struggle.

The Continental SportContact 6 again proved its dominance in the wet, acing the straight aquaplaning test.

Environment

Interestingly there was no real order between the three groups of tyres on the subjective comfort or noise tests.

Tyre weight was again fairly evenly distributed between the three groups of tyres.

Whereas the rolling resistance testing definitely showed an advantage for the UHP category of tyres.

Results

The below results will look a little confusing as there's three winners (one from each category) so keep this in mind when reading through.

1st: Continental Sport Contact 6

Continental Sport Contact 6
Dry Braking3rd+0.8 M
Dry Handling6th-3.9 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-3 Points
Wet Braking1st
Wet Handling2nd-0.5 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-1 Points
Wet Circle1st
Straight Aqua1st
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise5th+1.2 dB
Tyre Weight3rd+0.15 Kg
Rolling Resistance4th+0.8 kg / t
Positive: Outstanding wet grip with a very neutral balance and excellent feedback. Very short braking distances in the dry with excellent steering precision and speed in the dry.
Negative: Slight oversteer in the high speed wet, average rolling resistance.
Overall: Proven wet grip, now with new convincing mix of abilities.

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1st: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2
Dry Braking1st
Dry Handling1st
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking8th+7.4 M
Wet Handling8th-6.9 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling5th-3 Points
Wet Circle9th-0.87 m/s
Straight Aqua8th-7.5 Km/H
Subj. Comfort10th-4 Points
Noise9th+2 dB
Tyre Weight7th+0.92 Kg
Rolling Resistance8th+1.1 kg / t
Positive: Outstanding grip and precision in the dry, very good feedback, very easy to control at the limit. Pressure change to 2.4f 2.1r (from 2.2f 2.2r) when hot recommended.
Negative: As typical for a semi slick limited wet performance and high rolling resistance.
Overall: Best dry grip of all the tyres.

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1st: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S
Dry Braking2nd+0.4 M
Dry Handling4th-2.9 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-3 Points
Wet Braking2nd+1.5 M
Wet Handling4th-1.1 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-2 Points
Wet Circle5th-0.39 m/s
Straight Aqua3rd-3.3 Km/H
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise4th+0.9 dB
Tyre Weight2nd+0.1 Kg
Rolling Resistance4th+0.8 kg / t
Positive: Very short braking in the dry, very stable, good feedback and steering precision with high dry grip. Balanced and reliable in the wet.
Negative: Average aquaplaning, average wet circle grip.
Overall: Ultimate sportiness on dry roads, amazing safety in the wet.

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2nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport
Dry Braking5th+1.3 M
Dry Handling5th-3 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-2 Points
Wet Braking4th+2.3 M
Wet Handling6th-3.2 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling5th-3 Points
Wet Circle3rd-0.3 m/s
Straight Aqua6th-5.5 Km/H
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise10th+2.1 dB
Tyre Weight5th+0.67 Kg
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.6 kg / t
Positive: Short braking and good dynamics with high steering precision in the dry. The high driving stability and excellent behaviour creates trust for fast times. Acceptable performance in the wet.
Negative: Average aquaplaning, reduced comfort.
Overall: The brand new Eagle F1 SuperSport is still missing some bite.

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2nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
Dry Braking4th+1.2 M
Dry Handling8th-4.1 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-3 Points
Wet Braking2nd+1.5 M
Wet Handling1st
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Wet Circle2nd-0.29 m/s
Straight Aqua2nd-3 Km/H
Subj. Comfort1st
Noise3rd+0.5 dB
Tyre Weight1st
Rolling Resistance1st
Positive: Good natured and easy to control in the wet, with high aquaplaning safety. Good handling in the dry, very low rolling resistance, good comfort levels and very quiet.
Negative: Slightly slower to steer.
Overall: Top performer with top liability and low rolling resistance.

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2nd: Bridgestone Potenza S007 RS

Bridgestone Potenza S007 RS
Dry Braking6th+1.6 M
Dry Handling2nd-1.4 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-3 Points
Wet Braking9th+8.1 M
Wet Handling9th-8.8 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling8th-4 Points
Wet Circle7th-0.54 m/s
Straight Aqua10th-13 Km/H
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise1st
Tyre Weight6th+0.87 Kg
Rolling Resistance10th+1.8 kg / t
Positive: Very precise steering and high cornering grip in the dry. Very quiet. Pressure change to 2.4f 2.1r (from 2.2f 2.2r) when hot recommended.
Negative: Limited wet grip, especially when cold compared to the Michelin Cup 2. High rolling resistance, low aquaplaning resistance.
Overall: The sportier version of the S007, active, precise and fast.

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3rd: Nokian PowerProof

Nokian PowerProof
Dry Braking8th+2.3 M
Dry Handling10th-5.4 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling7th-4 Points
Wet Braking4th+2.3 M
Wet Handling3rd-0.7 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-2 Points
Wet Circle6th-0.4 m/s
Straight Aqua5th-4.5 Km/H
Subj. Comfort9th-3 Points
Noise6th+1.4 dB
Tyre Weight9th+1.21 Kg
Rolling Resistance1st
Positive: Good braking performance, well rounded balance in the dry and wet, very low rolling resistance.
Negative: Reduced wet grip and aquaplaning resistance, average comfort.
Overall: A good mid-range summer tyre with slight weakness in the wet.

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3rd: Giti GitiSport GTR3

Giti GitiSport GTR3
Dry Braking10th+3.2 M
Dry Handling3rd-1.8 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling7th-4 Points
Wet Braking10th+10.4 M
Wet Handling9th-8.8 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling9th-5 Points
Wet Circle10th-1.06 m/s
Straight Aqua9th-9.6 Km/H
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise7th+1.5 dB
Tyre Weight8th+1.02 Kg
Rolling Resistance6th+1 kg / t
Positive: Excellent direct steering with high levels of feedback, great dry balance with exploitable grip. Pressure change to 2.4f 2.1r (from 2.2f 2.2r) when hot recommended.
Negative: Typically restricted semi slick wet performance with long wet braking and high rolling resistance.
Overall: Fast and active track day tyres for beginners.

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4th: Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

Vredestein Ultrac Vorti
Dry Braking7th+1.7 M
Dry Handling9th-4.3 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling7th-4 Points
Wet Braking6th+3.4 M
Wet Handling5th-2.8 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling5th-3 Points
Wet Circle4th-0.34 m/s
Straight Aqua7th-5.7 Km/H
Subj. Comfort1st
Noise2nd+0.4 dB
Tyre Weight10th+1.94 Kg
Rolling Resistance6th+1 kg / t
Positive: High dry driving stability, very quiet and comfortable.
Negative: Understeer and lower grip levels in the wet, only average aquaplaning resistance, high rolling resistance.
Overall: The updated Vorti stands for comfort over dynamics.

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5th: Toyo Proxes Sport

Toyo Proxes Sport
Dry Braking9th+2.7 M
Dry Handling6th-3.9 Km/H
Subj. Dry Handling7th-4 Points
Wet Braking7th+3.6 M
Wet Handling7th-4.7 Km/H
Subj. Wet Handling9th-5 Points
Wet Circle8th-0.71 m/s
Straight Aqua4th-3.7 Km/H
Subj. Comfort3rd-2 Points
Noise8th+1.8 dB
Tyre Weight4th+0.56 Kg
Rolling Resistance9th+1.2 kg / t
Positive: Progressive steering and dynamic handling in the dry, good protection against curved aquaplaning, quiet and comfortable.
Negative: Poor wet braking and handling, with strong understeer. High rolling resistance.
Overall: In spite of sporty driving, the steering feel is missing, especially in wet.

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