R-Comp tire test: Yokohama A055 vs. Hoosier R7 vs. Goodyear Eagle RS

Andy
By Andy Hollis
Jun 12, 2024 | Tire Test, Hoosier, Goodyear, Yokohama | Posted in Features | From the April 2024 issue | Never miss an article

Photography Credit: Anna Overman

Every tire test we conduct represents but a single data point, and though we try to minimize variables in our comparison process, there will always be the chance that different results will be obtained with different weather, venue, driver, vehicle and setup. So what do we do? Test again. 

When we compared the current crop of R-comp tires a year ago–these …

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Comments
Bluebayou22
Bluebayou22 New Reader
2/13/24 7:58 a.m.

Excellent article as always. As a numbers nerd I would love to see durometer testing before during and after as well as pyrometer results. Have a great track season.

MCoupeLTW
MCoupeLTW GRM+ Memberand New Reader
4/18/24 11:51 a.m.

Curious why you pay no attention to Hankook Z214.   I've used them for years.  Good tire with slightly less peak grip than R7, but flatter torque curve good for half a dozen more HC's.  Would love to see how you compare them to others in this test.

Nockenwelle
Nockenwelle Reader
4/19/24 3:55 p.m.

^ Agree with the performance assessment. I tried a set of Z214 in the medium compound, 205/50R15. However, at about 14 HC (20 minute sessions), one of them failed with an internal tread belt separation during a session. I exited early before anything catastrophic happened (it was hard to miss...), but that scared me off. I can understand defects and imperfections in something as highly consumable as a track tire, but that kind of failure is unacceptable as a safety hazard.

Performance-wise, they just aren't up there with the current crop.

ledbette
ledbette New Reader
6/12/24 2:19 p.m.

I'd love to see some numbers for full 20-45 minute duration sprint race sessions.

Driving4fun
Driving4fun New Reader
6/12/24 2:54 p.m.

Am I the only person put off by how GRM recycles their "+" content?  This article was first published in Feb (approx 120 days ago) and as far as I can tell, just extended themselves another 180 days by rebooting an old article as new.  Total bait and switch for clicks imo.  Bummer.  

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
6/12/24 3:31 p.m.

In reply to Driving4fun :

Hey, thank you for the heads-up! The paywall for that article should have been 180 days from its born-on date. Somehow it reset and we're looking into that. It's back to 180 days from its born-on date.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Publisher
6/12/24 3:39 p.m.

Thanks for fixing, J.A. And FWIW we're looking back through other articles to make sure their expiration dates are accurate, too.

Driving4fun, I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't now plead with you to spend the $3/month (or get a print subscription) to support our small, family-run business. Reader support (and our small, passionate staff) is the reason we're able to post all of these articles, and the reason we're still testing tires when so many of our competitors have disappeared or resorted to nothing but rehashed press releases.

To use my mother's old metaphor: You're welcome to hang around our coffee shop for as long as you'd like without drinking, and it's great to see new faces here, but the people buying coffee are the ones paying to keep the doors open.

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) MegaDork
6/12/24 3:42 p.m.

....and while you're subscribing to the magazine, add a subscription to Classic Motorsports, too. That way you get more pictures!!

Torbjorn_Linderson
Torbjorn_Linderson GRM+ Memberand New Reader
6/12/24 4:32 p.m.

What rim are you running on the 245s?

Andy Hollis
Andy Hollis
6/12/24 4:39 p.m.
MCoupeLTW said:

Curious why you pay no attention to Hankook Z214.   I've used them for years.  Good tire with slightly less peak grip than R7, but flatter torque curve good for half a dozen more HC's.  Would love to see how you compare them to others in this test.

Good suggestion...certainly one to consider for the future.

This particular test started out with a notice that GY had a new compound they wanted us to sample.  Combine that with the desire to explore the physical sizing discrepancy we noticed last time (GY & Hoosier = fat boys, Yoko = normal), and we had our contenders.  Testing logistics dictate a max of three candidates for best back-to-back comparisons.  So that became the slate.

We are privvy to one other new r-comp in the dev stage, so perhaps when that one arrives we can add Hankook to the mix.

The other thing to note is that not all manufacturers want us to test their products and are therefore unwilling to furnish product for evaluation.

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