Toyo offers a wide variety of tires, but they're probably most known for specialty options that offer extreme performance -- off-road tires and track tires.
Their latest product for track day enthusiasts and racers, the Toyo Proxes R888R, is set for the U.S. market and looks primed to add to Toyo's excellent reputation in this arena.
The HPDE/track day tire scene was starting to get a bit stagnant, so the Proxes R888R's entry is well-timed.
The R888R promises to be an evolution on the original R888, with superior grip and handling characteristics on a dry track.
The latter characteristic will certainly be welcomed. Some of the options toward the more extreme end of the street-legal track tire spectrum require significant time to reach optimum operating temperature and PSI. Depending upon traffic, ambient temperature, and other variables, that can take half an HPDE session (see our Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R review). If the Proxes R888R delivers the goods with less effort, then that's a perk and distinguishing characteristic indeed.
Proxes R888R optimum hot inflation temperature range is anywhere from 32 to 38 psi depending upon the vehicle application, track, driver preference, etc. Optimum operating temperature range is 160-220° F. The Proxes R888R works best with camber of -1 to -3, and "as much positive (caster) as possible." Yeeeaaah buddy…
Additional Euro user feedback indicates that Proxes R888R's remarkable grip is achievable on the street, which supports Toyo's quick to optimum operating temperature claim.
The U.S. will be getting 32 Proxes R888R sizes, including 305/30-19, which happens to be our Camaro Z/28 sizing. Hmmm…
Learn more on Toyo's Proxes R888R product page.
UPDATE 3/21/2017: The Proxes R888R faced off against the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 in a recent comparison test. Results discussed in this article.