Slick tyres are the ultimate, the last word in performance driving and grip, able to transform the handling capabilities of any car that they’re fitted to. Clearly unsuitable for use on the public road or in anything other than bone dry conditions, there’s nevertheless a large and growing market for specialist slick tyres, primarily amongst those that regularly attend track days or partake in club-level motorsport. This explains why Toyo, one of the most respected performance tyre makers around, has developed the Proxes RS1, a full slick competition tyre available in a variety of popular sizes.

Slicks owe their extreme levels of traction to their construction, with the unbroken, tread-free design allowing for a huge contact patch that promotes massive grip in the dry. Again, not suitable for use on any public road, slicks can give any trackday driver a huge edge while also inspiring massive levels of confidence, in turn resulting in them being able to brake later and carry greater speed through corners.

The Proxes RS1 differs from most other slicks in that it represents an exceptional balance between out-and-out performance, consistency and durability. This is significant, as there’s little worse (or indeed more potentially dangerous) than a slick with grip levels that run out swiftly and fall of a ‘cliff’ when they do stop functioning correctly. The key to the Proxes ability to manage these three separate traits is its advanced Rayon casing, a Toyo development that’s been specifically developed for applications of this nature, and one which promotes impressive levels of durability and stability at high speed.

The Proxes RS1 can also call upon its high-modulus bead filler and steel reinforced sidewalls, both of which offer excellent steering response and crisp, predictable handling when pushing to the ragged edge of the performance envelope, an important trait as any race driver will tell you!

The compound used within the construction of the Proxes RS1 has also been developed to offer an excellent spread of abilities, balancing class leading dry braking capability with equally impressive levels of wear resistance. The end result is a highly capable tyre that provides high grip levels across a broad range of temperatures, something helped by the RS1’s spiral wound cap ply.

Toyo recommends the following general set up guidelines for the Proxes RS1:

Operating Temperature: 160°F to 220°F

Hot Inflation Pressures: High 30s to Low 40s (psi)

Camber: -2.5° to -5.0°

Caster: As much positive as possible

The Toyo Proxes RS1 is a stunningly capable tyre and one that can act as an ideal introduction into the world of high performance slick rubber. The full range of sizes and fitment options can be found below.

Tyre Size                     Wheel Diameter

195/57R15                  15

205/580R15                15

235/620R17                17

245/640R18                18

285/680R18                18

(Example price 235/620/17 = £192)

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