Developed for use in circuit, gymkhana events, the ADVAN A052 will come in 16 sizes, ranging from 16 inches to 18 inches.
The ADVAN A052 will be the successor to the ADVAN A048, an ultimate street sport tyre. The new tyre improves upon the ADVAN A048's already superior cornering and stable handling to deliver unprecedented grip performance in wet and dry conditions. The tread design is developed from the tarmac rally tyre ADVAN A051T which has been using at many rallies in Europe, and also that is derived from the legend tyre, YOKOHAMA A008.
Positive - Friendly tyre to drive, slight understeer balance and it felt softer on the sidewall / slower to react than the Falken and BFGoodrich, but it was very easy to drive quickly. Extremely fast warm up, very good for autocross style events.
Negative - Peaky first lap grip with rapid drop off in time, high levels of wear.
Overall - The Yokohama Advan A052 has a quick warm up and predictable friendly handling which makes it an excellent choice for the less confident driver, or those doing sprint / autocross style events.
Positive - Forgiving of mistakes, greatest cornering grip, good wet grip.
Negative - Expensive, high wear, not designed for heavy rain.
Overall - Similar handling to the Trofeo R, but very novice friendly as it forgives over driving. The A052 doesn't require a strong warmup, and it keeps its peak grip for 2-3 laps before settling into its race pace. Even when worn to the limit the pace remains strong!
Very high treadwear for a 200 tyre, 100-120 seems more realistic.
don't take the wet grip, wear, and comfort scores seriously. After all it's a track tire for dry conditions. As such it does a beautiful job. I haven't come to the point of registering any fading despite driving a 330hp FWD track car. That's also why the front tires are over after 150 miles, though the rear tires have done way more and are still at 50%.
These are the best MSA 1a 1b or 1c Blue book tyre, they are labelled as a 200 treadwear but seem to wear more like a 100 semi slick but have twice the grip of any R888r, AR1, Direzza or Trofeo R in the wet and that's a big deal in the UK!
I've used them all on various cars and now these are my Go-To track/race tyre, especially for cars that I drive to and from the track.
The main downside is the quick wear in hot conditions, especially if the car does not have enough camber. I had to add about a degree compared to Toyo's so please bear that in mind when switching. Stiffer springs helped too as the grip is closer to a slick! They don't get slower after many heat cycles so you can use them until the cords show through.
Then there is the cost but these sort of tyres are getting fitted to expensive cars and at tracks like the Nurburgring, saving £200 on a set of tyres can cost thousands in barrier repairs when a light dusting of rain occurs!!
So overall, the best Semi-Slick around, just don't cry when they only manage a handful of trackdays. People will think you or your car are much better than they are! haha
while driving a
Subaru Impreza WRX STI
(225/45 R17) on
a combination of roads
I have this tyre for a year and 8 months. The grip is phenomenal on dry but on wet not that great. But they are expensive tires.
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