You’d have had to have been living under a rock for the last few years to be unaware of the Toyo Proxes, Toyo’s flagship performance focussed tyre. Indeed, so successful has the Proxes been that it has gone through a number of evolutionary upgrades over the course of its existence, most recently becoming the Proxes R888R, a devastatingly effective bit of rubber that’s proved its worth on roads and race tracks around the world. This phenomenal success has encouraged Toyo to expand the R888R range, and from the start of 2017 this industry leading tyre will be available in an even greater selection of sizes.
It’s worth taking a few steps back to properly drill down into what makes the R888R such an effective bit of rubber for those that demand the last word in handling poise, grip and traction. The original R888 Proxes was famed as a ‘jack of all trades’ tyre, one every bit as capable of performing in scorching hot temperatures as it was in cold, and able to function impressively well in both damp and wet conditions. These traits meant that it was swiftly adopted as the tyre of choice for dozens of club race series across the world, as well as countless track day drivers and, in a move which underscored its abilities, was picked by Renault as the OE fitment tyre for the Megane R26R.
The R888R superseded the R888 at the start of last year and has already proven its worth, being both completely road legal and suitable for committed track work. This broad spread of capabilities is largely unmatched in this sector, with the vast majority of offerings from rival firms having been rendered illegal for road use thanks to the revised tyre labeling regulations which came into force in November 2014. This means that not only is the GG compound of the new tyre approved for road use, so too is the even grippier SG compound, though only on the PXR888 pattern tyres.
Don’t go thinking that because the R888R is a good all rounder it’s incapable of performing on demand though, because nothing could be further from the truth. It’s been proven to warm up quickly and is capable of providing stunning levels of grip, lap after lap, cycle after cycle, and in a broad spread of conditions. A rayon ‘super-high’ turn up ply on some sizes, combined with steel side plies, give the R888R precise steering response and feedback to the driver allowing full control in order to optimise lap times.
Toyo’s decision to dramatically increase the number of sizes included within the Proxes R888R range means that, from 2017, the tyre’s amazing abilities will be available for more cars than ever before. The complete list of fitment options offered can be found below, but the inclusion of 18, 19 and 20in sizes means that likes of the Porsche 911, the Nissan GT-R and the BMW M3 can now finally be shod with Toyo’s leading performance offering.
Commenting on the recent expansion of the R888R range, Toyo UK Technical and Motorsport Director, Alan Meaker said, “The Proxes R888R has already proven incredibly effective and massively popular, so it made a lot of sense to increase the number of sizes within the range. We’re thrilled by the positive reception this news has received and look forward to seeing the R888R beneath the arches of more race and road cars than ever before.”
For more information on this tyre, or to find Proxes R888R dealers, please click to www.toyo.co.uk
New sizes of PXR888R for 2017
285/30ZR20 (99Y) RD
255/35ZR20 (97Y) RD
275/35ZR19 (100Y) RD
305/35ZR18 105Y RD