Toyo Proxes R1R Gets Reclassified to 200 Treadwear – What You Need to Know Before Heading to the Track
By Bradley Iger
December 16, 2014
Toyo recently announced that the popular R1R extreme performance tire has been reclassified with a new treadwear rating of 200 AA A. While that might not seem like a big deal on the surface, it actually has fairly significant effects with regard to considerations like race class eligibility. We spoke with Julie Sediq, Senior Manager of Marketing Communications for Toyo Tire to get the low-down about the reclassification.
When will the new tire be available?
JS: The tires will be available beginning in January. The transition will be a rolling change with the new 200 rated tires being sent to dealers as they are produced. A driver should specify to a dealer if they are looking for the 200 rated tires.
What can you tell us about pricing and available sizes?
JS: Pricing will vary by size requirements and the dealer you purchase the tires from. You can get a list of authorized Toyo Tires dealers at http://toyotires.com/dealer-finder/.
The Proxes R1R comes in 15”-18” sizes, and all are being reclassified. A list of sizes is available at this link. The treadwear is shown by size on the Specifications tab.
What sanctioning bodies have reviewed/approved the reclassification?
JS: With this reclassification to a 200 treadwear the Proxes R1R now meets the requirements for several racing groups including SCCA, Goodguys autocross, Optima Challenge, SoCal Challenge, Chump Car, LeMons and classes in Time Attack.
Has the R1R's level of grip changed with the tire’s new classification?
JS: Overall tire performance has not changed with this reclassification. For racers who have been using the Proxes R1R, it is important to note that vehicle set-up does not need to be altered to achieve the same overall tire performance with this reclassification.
Check out the press release below for more details from Toyo.
CYPRESS, CA –Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announced today that the Toyo Proxes R1R is now eligible for even more racing classes. The popular extreme performance tire has been reclassified to have a UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grade) treadwear of 200 AA A. These new tires will be available beginning in January.
The Proxes R1R has proven extremely popular with the Street Touring classes of SCCA, both in the Solo® National Championships and SCCA ProSolo®. It is designed with a high-grip compound and an autocross-inspired casing design which makes it ideal for the street, slalom courses or on the track.
“The overwhelming demand from the autocross community was a big motivating factor for the reclassification,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager, Competition Performance Products Division, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “With this change to a 200 treadwear, the Proxes R1R now meets the requirements for several racing groups including SCCA, Goodguys autocross, Optima Challenge, SoCal Challenge, Chump Car, LeMons and classes in Time Attack.”
The Toyo Proxes R1R has an aggressive, arrowhead tread design which also makes it popular for vehicle customization. It was originally released with a grade of 140 AA A treadwear. For more information or to find a dealer, visit www.toyotires.com/proxes.
About Toyo Tires®
Established in 1966, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. represents the innovation, quality, performance, and excellent service that Toyo Tires has delivered worldwide for nearly 70 years.
The company offers a complete selection of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including light trucks, SUVs, high performance cars and luxury vehicles as well as commercial trucks. Consumer product lines include the popular Open Country® tires for light trucks and SUVs; Proxes® ultra-high performance tires; Versado® tires for luxury passenger cars; and the value line of Extensa® passenger car tires. Many of the tires are built in the United States at their state-of-the-art factory in Bartow County, Georgia.