If you’re using your car for fast road and track use… you’re going to want to try the new Road Legal Nankang Motorsport range!
This story goes back a few weeks to GTI International whereby we attended a track day with a customer who has a heavily modified Cayman S (pictured below) running Toyo R888Rs, spending the day whizzing around the Rockingham National circuit. Unfortunately, on the first day, the R888Rs grew a bulge in the side wall as the day went on and we were left without a safe set of tyres which we could continue to day 2 of the event. Fortunately, Nankang was at the show with their AR-1 equipped 993 Cup Car which had similar fitment wheels to the Cayman, albeit another 20mm narrower front and rear to the Toyo R888R setup. Nankang kindly lent the wheel and tyre set to us for the day.
The difference was astonishing. The AR-1s provided a dramatic increase in traction, grip and stability like you would not believe. A perfect example of this is that out of the tight hairpin of Tarzan, on the R888Rs this was a second gear corner whereby you would struggle for traction and the Cayman with its relatively low power of 300HP would spin up both wheels and send the car sideways. With the AR-1s Tarzan became a 3rd gear corner with a full throttle exit, without any wheel spin. Adding to this throughout the 30-minute session the AR-1 did not have any performance drop-off whereas the R888R would overheat in around 3-4 laps and you’d have to cool it down before going again. Not ideal.
So that’s how we came across the Nankang range, and now we are delighted to offer it to customers! We’ve also equipped our own Golf 7R with the Nankang AR-1s and the tyres have since exposed other areas of the chassis which need to be tweaked in order to maximise their performance. On the PSC2s the car used to slide around a lot on track and wheel spin, with the AR-1s this is eliminated. If anyone wants to sample the AR-1s, stop by our pit garage at VAG Tuner Live and we’ll take you out for a couple of passenger laps!
These tyres come in at a really attractive price with ridiculous performance. We are also offering free shipping to any UK mainland address, simply enter the coupon code ” shipgrip ” at the checkout
Okay, so about the tyres…
NS2R = Fast road and track day
AR-1 = Okay on road, but offer the best performance on track
Don’t forget to use the coupon code “shipgrip” at the checkout for FREE UK Mainland Shipping!