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How Much Faster is a Car on Slick Tires?

Posted by: Jesse Kleib on October 25, 2021

When we think about the modification list that one might have in mind for any given performance build, certain parts might be toward the top of most lists. Perhaps we’re thinking about a new means of forced induction like a turbo. Maybe that nice and shiny set of headers and a full exhaust can make an enthusiast drool.

However, there are definitely some modifications that are simple and that a lot of people don’t think about. When push comes to shove, though, these can be some of the most important things to pay attention to.

Sure, adding a turbo is going to be a lot more exciting than picking out just the right tire to put on your ride. However, tires are certainly an important part of the equation and can make the difference between a winner and a loser. Depending on the application, the right tire can put a car in an entirely different universe!

This time, we tune in with the Tyre Reviews YouTube channel, our host takes the liberty of comparing a road tire to a track tire and a drag racing slick. In the video, we watch as a Hyundai I30N is thrown around the track with three different types of tires on it. For those not familiar with the nameplate, it’s a 250 hp hot hatch that’s not available here in the states.

In order to make this test come to life, we check in with three different tires from the same manufacturer. Down in the video below, we get to see the difference when the Pirelli P Zero PZ4 ultra high performance 300tw road tire, the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R track day treadwear 60 tire, and two different types of slick race tires are put to the test.

It is noteworthy that the two street legal tires are 245/40 R18, and the two slicks are 235/645-18 and 245/645-18.


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