I was given a pen and paper to note my opinions on the new C.drive2 tyre.
We were fed a healthy lunch too.
After lunch and a short introductory talk we were broken up into groups to test the new tyre.
I was with the go2space guys and we were sent off to the peanut track. At this stage we were more distracted by the LFA on the main circuit (more on that later!). Hard to focus on 2 Hyundai's when a super car is flying through turn 1!
Ian was our instructor. $10/cone you knock over. After my run I owed him $30.
That's me in the blue car. The blue car was fitted with the C.drive2, the red car had OEM tyres.
We then hit the skid pan for slalom + a big circle exercise too (always fun).
I got an invite from Yokohama to attend one of their tyre test days. Preliminary for their dealer network but they had room for more and I was more than happy to check it out. There were 3 exercises to do in the cars, each involved 2 cars: One with the new Yokohama C.drive2 tyre (launching soon) and one with the standard OE tyres the car came with. The peanut track was used to test the cars out in some snaky figure eights in the dry and the skid pan was used to do a wet slalom, as well as a large circle where an instructor in the C.drive2 fitted car would try to catch the gap between you in the car with OE tyres (happy to say I managed to keep my distance from the guy albeit I had a lot more work to do with the steering wheel and accelerator inputs!).
I thought the big circle test was the best test of the lot as the difference between the C.drive2's and the OE tyre were night and day. The OE tyre was squealing at all times and traction control would kick in if you tried too hard. Had to do a lot of steering to keep the speed up too but in the C.drive2 there was no squealing, you could almost just hold the wheel in the one spot and not once did traction control kick in either. Impressive.
Whilst the C.Drive was once marketed as more of a performance tyre (I had them on my MX-5 once and they were a blast on the race track, in fact in this video Canto is driving my car on C.Drives), but today the C.drive2 is marketed as an everyday tyre which focusses on safety. I thought it was amazing in the wet and it's definitely a tyre I'd be happy to see my Mum and sister driving on.