Review 3 of 3
, from sunnyvale, ca|
Value = very good RACE tire for the price
Sticky = confidence level high when on the auto-x or road course
o Don't use these tires in the rain!
o Would like a quicker time to reach operating temp
This is not a street tire even though it is DOT rated. Preferred usage is for the road course, i.e. Sears Point Int'l Raceway or Laguna Seca Raceway. Okay for auto-x, but it takes a little bit of time for the tire to reach optimum stickiness.
I enter 4 - 6 track schools, plus 6 - 10 auto-x races, per year. So, you can imagine the need for race tires as I go through a race season. Since I run both the full road courses and the auto-x circuit, I had to compromise between an auto-x tire (reaches optimum operating temp quickly, softer compound) and a tire designed for road courses (lasts longer than an auto-x tire, takes a little more time to reach operating temp). The BFG T/A R1 fit my performance requirements and budget very nicely. A set of tires will last approximately 4 - 6 days on the track (4 x 20 minute sessions/day) or about 10 - 12 auto-x races.
Prior experience is with auto-x tires. Thus, I cannot compare the R1's to other road racing tires, yet. I do know that R1's stick very nicely at high speeds and have a predictable feel. No issues with quality or performance. So far I have only used these tires on a '95 M3 with a factory suspension setup and factory tire sizes (235/40-17). I easily kept up to other cars with modified suspension setups. Could be the tires or it could be driving skill -- probably a combination of the above.
Availability is based upon your time of need. BFG has a limited number of prodution runs for the R1's during the year. If your tire source is out-of-stock, then you either have to call around, wait for the next production run, or try a another brand/compound.
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