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Old 06-05-2012, 18:05   #1
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Perfect UHP tyre for the Leon

Ive been running the michelin super sports ultra high performance tyre for a while now, and they are hands down the best tyres Ive ever had. Phenomenal grip, and they last longer than the ps2 and ps3!

Developed to rid understeer from porsches and ferraris, they have done wonders for my TT. The cars handling is pretty neutraln now and does what it says on the tin.

However you Leon lads havent had the pleasure of having these tyres as they are not yet available in your sizes in the UK.

Well your wait is over, and its not from michelin, but instead dunlop.

Introducing the Sportmaxx RT and sportmaxx Race.



Press Release
Dunlop looks to take pole position with new Sport Maxx Racing Tyre

Sport Maxx RT delivers on Dunlop’s race to road vision

Brussels, Belgium/Ascari, Spain – February 16, 2012 – Dunlop, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high and ultra high performance tyres, announces today that it is launching a new European breed of sports tyres. The new Sport Maxx RT (Racing Technology) road tyre, designed especially for the driving enthusiast, will deliver to the needs of the continent’s most passionate driving aficionados, who savor the feeling of being in control of significant horsepower and dream of being in pole position at some of the world’s most prestigious races.

“The Dunlop heritage stands on its achievement in racing and with the driving enthusiast on the road”, states Sanjay Khanna, Managing Director, Dunlop Brand. “Today we are launching a new breed in the field of performance road driving with the Sport Maxx RT. It combines the very best of our over 120 years of experience on the track and on the road. It is a tyre with heritage and power is just bursting to get out”.

The new tyre has been developed to deliver performance to the road, with racing technology knowhow integrated into the tyre’s design and development. On road surfaces, the Sport Maxx RT delivers enhanced grip, thanks to its motorsport derived compound, which provides increased adaptability to road surfaces, improving the tyre’s overall grip on both dry and wet surfaces. The tyre also delivers a high handling stability, built on its massive outer shoulder block, increasing the contact area when cornering, especially at high speeds.

On wet the Sport Maxx RT delivers the necessary performance to the road, building on its racing heritage. The tyre features solid aquaplaning performances built on a set of large central grooves which increase water flow volumes. A round footprint allows the water flow to be pushed out via the lateral grooves, ensuring the tyre delivers its performance to the road, and not the water surface.

A shorter braking distance, especially at high speed is delivered by short-braking blocks, set into the tread pattern of the tyre. These blocks, re-enforced by lateral blocks ensure an anti-lift effect on the trailing edge thanks to their increased stiffness. Supporting the need for reduced fuel consumption are both the optimal material distribution, supporting the reduction of heat generation and aerodynamic sidewall, and sleek shoulders which reduce air drag.

Recent TÜV tests run with the new Sport Maxx RT confirm the tyre’s solid road capabilities. Compared to its closest competitors, the Sport Maxx RT showed it could outclass on both dry and wet braking results by showing a significant 7% lead. Additionally, the independent tests showed a clear 11% better rolling resistance, compared to its key competitors on the market .

“In 2012 we are introducing the Sport Maxx RT to ensure we can continue to claim a leading position in the Ultra High Performance (UHP) tyre market”, explains Sanjay Khanna, Managing Director, Dunlop Brand. “We are seeing a solid growth in the UHP market and the Sport Maxx RT will help us deliver on this demand.”

The Sport Maxx RT introduction comes at a time when drivers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) are increasingly walking away from 16 inch rims and expanding strongly into 17 and 18 inch rims, two sizes which the Sport Maxx RT will cater to. The new tyre is developed to fit the needs of some of the road’s leading performance brands including the Audi, Maserati, Mini, BMW, Jaguar, and the Mercedes AMG, to mention but a few.

There's an interesting test comparing tyres and different sizes on the TT Rs in this months Sportauto magazine,
Times around the Hockenheimring/ slalom
245-40-18 Bridgestone RE050A ( 24.5 kg)= 1:15.50/67.7 km/h
255-35-19 Toyo T1 sport ( 24.8 kg)= 1:15.00/69.6 Km/h
255-30-19 Conti SC 5P (21.3 kg) = 1:15.00/ 67.3 km/h
255-30-20 Dunlop Sport Maxx Race (22.3 kg ) = 1:13.1/71.6 km/h

As you can see, the car is much quicker and handles much better with the Dunlop track day tyres.
If you want a better handling car for track days,then decent track rubber and upgraded pads are where you should invest your money.

Currently available dimensions (Sport Maxx RT):
205/55R16 91Y,
205/50R17 93Y,
215/45R17 91Y,
225/45ZR17 (92Y),
225/40ZR18 (94Y).

Dimensions that should be available from march/april 2012:
245/40R17 91Y,
205/45R16 83W,
215/55R16 93Y,
215/55R16 97Y,
215/55R17 94Y,
225/45ZR17 (91Y),
225/50R17 94Y,
235/55R17 103Y,
245/40ZR18 (93Y),
245/40ZR18 (97Y).
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Old 06-05-2012, 18:06   #2
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The sportmaxx race looks very similiar to the design of the michelin supersport, I will assume however that the sportmaxx race will be a even better tyre for track!
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Will be keeping my eye on this to see if any independant reviews start rolling in. They do look good in the pics don't they!

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