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Yokohama Parada Spec-2
Dry surface - Now that the tyres are worn in the dry grip is prooving solid and progressive, tyre walls firm and fast directional changes give positive feedback that surpasses the soft emotionless Toyo's that my car previously ran. On limit driving isn't as good, the fast grip is strong but tyres break at higher speeds, nothing severe just a gentle slip into understeer easily corrected with less throttle. I would however prefer a more aggressive initial grip and oversteer. Damp-to-wet - a greasy road is no fun for a tyre and the Parada spec2 really struggles with damp oily surfaces. Again as with dry peformance theres no snapping or sudden loss of grip just more along the lines of 4 wheel drifts. Heavy rain - recent heavy rain has risen these tyres to a new level. You only have to look at the massive grooves cut into these tyres to realise why they aren't the best dry weather tyre - they excel in the wet. They actually feel like they produce as much grip in the wet as they do in the dry. The car changes direction very well, footing is strong and speed carried through the corners is so much better then the Toyo's, throw in excellent grip underbreaking and you have a very good tyre. The Parada Spec-2 is a very good all round tyre, it should be marketed as an intermidiate tyre which considering the changeable british weather is no bad thing - very good in the dry and excellent in the wet. For track use the tyre faired very well, I ran the fronts at 34 psi on a winter day and after about 10 laps on track they became to hot and traction reduced massively, I am however an aggressive/fast driver so if your less 'enthusiastic' around the tight bits you wont have a problem with these tyres. Wair on track was low, Yokohama always have made tough rubber.
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