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When it comes to choosing tyres, with so many variety and brands out there with some offering you the world and others over delivering on their product. Toyo I believe is one where they are modest about the product you’re getting but the tyre outperforms what’s said on its product description!
Having used Toyo T1R in the past one of my previous car (Integra Type R) and liked the grip I got from it, I then wanted to try a set of R888 to see what amazing things I can expect from it. Unfortunately at the time.. being a Uni student, living away from home, having quite the social life, and well petrol prices hitting for the first time over 1.50/l for 98RON it was a rough time so I never had the chance to try them out so naturally it has always been something on the to buy list and now I can finally tick that off!
I’ve been on the R888 a month shy of a year. Club discount pricing made it very attractive and the track day was the icing on the cake and I was due for new tyres as well which was awesome timing!
I’m like many of you and only have a set of wheels and not 2 sets like the hardcore circuit boys in the club, use the car for my daily commute with the occasional track day. With the pricing approx 100 bucks cheaper per wheel compared to my previous tyres (AD08R), there was no reason not to buy those bad boy Semis!
The end result? Well after 25000kms (well a little more than that) what I can say is that the R888 far exceeds my expectations. As mentioned above, I do believe that the product fact sheet sells these tyres short!
To give you guys and girls an idea one of the benefits in the factsheet was “Excellent resistance to aquaplaning for a “semi-slick” tyre”. I remember the first time driving on them home from work in the rain, previously no matter what UHP street tyres I was on, I will break traction without fail in the rain, obviously some more so than others. Being a semi slick and recalling the factsheet stating that it has an excellent resistance and recalling how many owners stay off the circuit when it rains and all they have are semis I was thinking to myself “good going sho.”
But… nothing happened. As in I did not even break traction going in corners normally as I do while at the same speed and corners with the previous tyres, I would see the TCS light flicker up like a Christmas tree. Not these R888 however. Don’t get me wrong, they will slide in the wet if you really push it but they exceeded my expectations and also sold themselves short in my opinion.
The amount of mileage I got from it as well is nothing short of being sensational over 25000kms. I don’t think I’ve ever got this much mileage from a set of tyres before apart from the Prius tyres that came with the 86 but that’s not a performance tyre.
These weren’t all just driving miss daisy and Sydney bumper to bumper traffic mileage as well mind you, 3 days at Wakefield, 2 at the creek and one down at Phillip Island over the last 11 months and the grip is unreal from the R888 and very consistent in terms of lap times with it which means that the R888 cope with the heat.
Would I buy them again? The answer is a simple NO. With its successor the R888R out and being the successor of the R888, there is no reason for me not to go grab a set of R888R especially when I am in need of some new threads now too!
Its hard a rough life as you can see. Some of the best days seen on both road and track with this set!