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Old 07-25-2013, 03:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"Narrower tires equal fun."

"And on the street, fun is better than speed."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...90yNX-mY&t=174
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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THAT was funny!

I actually knew a guy who had the ear of Nissan execs back in the 90's when the 300 was coming out. He was a race driver/instructor and spent a fair amount of time in the pre-production 300's.

He told the powers that be that a narrower width tire would have made it more enjoyable to drive in a wider range of conditions. At least I think that's what he said...
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Top Gear's Clarkson came to the same conclusion while testing Toyota's/Subaru's new sporty car. He actually praised the narrow LRR tires that come standard.

Also, this is the concept behind the gocart racing on talc powder.
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That video was awesome!

I was driving on a doughnut today to get to the tire shop--had a ghastly puncture and needed new tires anyway (side note: 4 new Bridgestone Ecopias!)... I guess I should have tried to floor it in the corners. By the logic of this video, I could have increased my horsepower by a good bit.

Maybe that extra horsepower would offset my Ecomodder decal and put me back where I was before I added it?
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That was great, they do a sequel.....on ice/snow!!!!!
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Love that guy and his reviews. Most of them are some form of sideways.
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Harris' work is always fun. Been reading his articles and watching his vids since he was in Autocar... he's moved several times since then.

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More grip never makes for more fun. Some of the best times I've had on the road and track have been in cars with 155-175mm wide tires. Just pump the beejesus out of them to firm up the sidewalls and you're off and sideways.
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... assuming you don't have a FWD car, you know the ones that can't steer by using your right foot.

for FWD i would put skinny on the rear and stock up front.

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