Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R VS Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport RS VS Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R

Test Summary
Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R: 43.55 M
Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R: 48.48 M
Dry HandlingGoodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport RS: 63.2 s
Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R: 64.9 s
Wet BrakingPirelli P Zero Trofeo R: 38.15 M
Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport RS: 50.73 M
Wet HandlingPirelli P Zero Trofeo R: 106.47 s
Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport RS: 116.87 s
Tyre WeightGoodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport RS: 50.68 Kg
Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R: 53.34 Kg
The Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport RS, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R and Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R are regarded as three of the fastest road-legal track day tyres in the world. To find out which of these three semi slick tyres reigns supreme, I've borrowed a 991.2 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and have use of Michelin's tyre test facility in central France to run my own testing program.

Not being satisfied with just running dry handling, I'm going to test the tyres in wet handling, dry and wet braking, and of course the all important dry handling, to find out which tyre is fastest in which conditions.

Data

 

Front 265/35 R20

Rear 325/30 R21

Tyre DOT Code Weight DOT Code Weight
Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport RS N0 1020 DMBK JM1R 11.05 3719 DMCB JE1R 14.29
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R N0 3519 6U0F 0HEX 11.14 0220 6U2U 00CX 14.76
Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R 3819 XJX0 V683 11.34 4219 XJ19 V684 15.33

Dry

Wet

Weight

Results

1st: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R
  • 325/30 R21
Test#Difference
Dry Braking1st
Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking2nd+7.53 M
Wet Handling2nd+6.83 s
Tyre Weight2nd+1.12 Kg
Incredible dry braking, very fast first lap pace, low levels of drop off. Excellent steering precision and feedback.
High levels of aquaplaning and low grip in the wet.
While the Cup 2 R is now equalled on first lap pace by the new Goodyear SuperSport RS, the longer run pace means its still the best in the category of extreme performance track tyres.


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2nd: Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport RS

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport RS
  • 325/30 R21
Test#Difference
Dry Braking2nd+3.73 M
Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking3rd+12.58 M
Wet Handling3rd+10.4 s
Tyre Weight1st
Very fast first lap pace, the best steering precision and feedback through the wheel.
Moderate levels of time drop once the tyre has had its best, high levels of aquaplaning and low grip in the wet. Relatively long wet braking.


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2nd: Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R

Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R
  • 325/30 R21
Test#Difference
Dry Braking3rd+4.93 M
Dry Handling3rd+1.7 s
Wet Braking1st
Wet Handling1st
Tyre Weight3rd+2.66 Kg
Excellent wet grip, in both wet braking and wet handling. Relatively low levels of aquaplaning. Stable lap times in the dry and easy to drive fast.
Relatively long dry braking and relatively average grip in the dry. Rear aquaplaning in the wet.
In this size at least, the Trofeo R should be a rival to the Cup 2, not the Cup 2 R. The Trofeo R was slower and softer in the dry, but had much better mechanical grip in the wet. As the lap times were more consistent, this is the type of tyre to fit if you plan on doing a lot of track days.


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