Customers often ask….”what is the best track tire?” For many years, the answer was the Bridgestone RE-71R….but, Bridgestone stopped making and shipping that tire in late 2020. The expectation was that there would be a replacement tire made available….but we have been waiting and waiting. Finally the wait is over (April 2022). Here are the details (they have a fairly large list of sizes, check w us often to see if the sizes you want / need are available.
Developed with advanced technologies used in motorsports tires, POTENZA RE-71RS is a street legal and circuit driving tire that offers superior cornering grip performance, precise handling and enhanced durability.
- Street legal and ciruit driving tire
- Superior cornering grip performance
- Precise handling and enhanced durability
Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS, first available in 2020 in Japan and Austrailia, is “the fastest in street radial history”, as its Japanese manufacturer claims. It is characterized not only by a high level of traction and precise handling feedback but also by a long expected mileage. The tire is designed to be used on both race tracks and public roads.
The Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS model inherited its «sporty» habits from its predecessor, Potenza RE-71R. It is noted that «R» in the model name stands for «racing», while «S» can be interpreted either as «sport» or «second». If we are to compare the two tires, RE-71RS definitely prevails, because it provides a better grip and has higher resistance to wear than it’s predecessor.
For example, according to the tests performed by the manufacturer, the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71 RS in size 265/35 R18 97W XL showed the best lap time on the Tsukuba racing circuit. The tire’s breakaway on the fastest lap was 2%, while the average overtake did not exceed 1.1%.