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Old 11-17-2003, 02:23 AM   #17
KoneKiller
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Member#: 39191
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Houston
Vehicle:
2004 WRX STi WRB
Red 1990 Spec Miata

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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Bridgestone RE070 225/45/17 (STi OEM)

#2.) what is your geographic location

Houston

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

AutoX

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

70/30

#5.) your review and personal comments

This weekend was the Evolution Driving School and my wife and I did both Phase I and II. Great school, you should try it. On day one, we started on a well-used set of Kuhmo V700s. After the first day of the class (about 60 runs), the V700's were showing a lot of cord, so we knew we couldn't run the second day on them.

The only choice was to put the RE070's back on the car. I was sure we'd lose a lot of grip and speed and I wasn't sure they would hold up to 48 autocross runs on our rather abrasive surface.

Well... I'm stunned. There was very little loss of maximum grip (1.06G vs 1.12G on the V700's). They were sharp and predictable on turn-in and braking. At the end of the day, there was some edge feathering, but no gross wear.

Even the instructors remarked on how good the grip was compared to other cars.

I've read a lot of criticism of the RE070's and was prepared to be sorely disappointed with my day, but the results were excellent.

I will still run V700's for autocross, but should I ever want to run in a street tire class, I'll feel confident that the RE070s will be up to the task.
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