The test provides a rare glimpse into how the two super premium, original equipment track tire heavyweights of the day compare. And provides a great reference point for the new Toyo R888 R as well.
No one here at MinimumTread HQ was surprised to learn that the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R rated as the best tire in dry conditions. When psi, ambient temp, track temp, and the stars align just right over Milan, we can confirm the Trofeo R is magic. Sport Auto test drivers commended the the Trofeo R for its "steering precision" and lap time.
Nipping at the heels of the Trofeo R was the new R888 R with a dry condition rating of 10.6 as compared to the Trofeo R's 11.
The Pilot Sport Cup 2 was a bit off the pace of both with a score of 9.9.
The Pilot Sport Cup 2 demonstrated its superior versatility in wet test conditions. It scored a 5.1 vs the Trofeo R's (also not surprising) 4.3.
However, neither of the two heavyweights could match the R888 R in wet conditions; it scored a 5.5.
(Note that all three "semi-slick" tires were considered questionable for wet road use.)
The Proxes R888 R is about $200 less per set than the Michelin in size 275/35-18. And as far as Trofeo R pricing… Fugget about it.
We suggested last fall that the Proxes R888 R looks set to augment Toyo's excellent reputation in the track tire arena. Going blow for blow on a performance basis with Michelin and Pirelli's best, and undercutting both on price by a wide margin is a good start.