the V710 285/30x18s transformed this RX-8 from great to an incredible street car.
Running the car for testing purposes in B Stock (fun run) at SFR SCCA Solo's Championship Round 15 we had one of the class leading Super Stock Z06s wondering about our setup when our first run, scratch, was a half a second quicker than his. At the end of the day, results posted, our best time, if it had counted and it had been clean, would of PAXed first, sixth Over All in 186 competitors finishing in between a Factory Five Cobra and a SM2 Miata.
Yes, we know, could've, would've, should've and “frogs wouldn't bump their butts getting from place to place, if only they had wings”, yadde, yadda, blah, blah, whateva, but the point is that the big tires transformed the car.
Confident that the V710s wouldn't self destruct against suspension or bodywork we moved on to Thunderhill Raceway Park's 3 miles of 36 foot wide FIA Standard pavement and the results were, again, incredible. Without lap timers it's difficult to quantify but we were able to keep up with the Z06 of Gary McDaniel, a track day junkie and experienced autocrosser. Not only did the tires work for me, they did for Gary as well, pushing us both to the limit for the 20 minute session, separated only briefly by occasional lap traffic. The Z06 would pull the RX-8 on the long straights, the RX-8 would close under braking and we'd hang through the twisties. Please check back for the video.
So, how do you go about getting this kind of a contact patch working on the stock 8” wide wheels? Wish we knew!