Japanese tyre manufacturer Toyo has unveiled yet another cost-conscious Clubman race series to remain on its Proxes R888 rubber for the 2015 season. Racers in the Hyundai Coupe Cup will use the road-legal semi slick tyre as control rubber for the entire season.
Like many other successful series, the Hyundai Coupe Cup fixes its sights firmly on ‘high thrills, low bills’ motorsport, which has led to it becoming a popular paddock for those looking to race competitively, without spending a small fortune to do so. The cars used are either the Gen 1 or Gen 2 coupes, which can be picked up in smart and useable condition for as little as £500. Thanks to a tightly controlled and scrutineered set of regulations keeping all cars close to production standards, it is then possible to add a package of MSA-approved safety and tuning components from as little as £1800, or indeed buy a complete turnkey car from a smidgen under £4,000. As attainable motorsport goes, it really doesn’t get much better than this!
The use of the R888 as control rubber has proven to be a popular and effective choice since the series was first conceived. As a clubman-spec tyre, the R888 is very hard to beat. It grips exceptionally well on dry tarmac, yet has much higher levels of grip than comparable semi-slicks when the going gets wet or cold – which it does in British motorsport… a lot. And then there are the wear rates of course, which can see some drivers nursing just 6 or 8 tyres to last them through a whole season of close and competitive racing.
Commenting on the continued relationship, Toyo Tires UK Motorsport and Technical Director Alan Meaker said, “The Hyundai Coupe Cup is a fantastic example of grass-roots motorsport at its finest, and we’re honoured to be the series technical partner once again for 2015. Our tyres really suit these cars, and are a perfect fit for drivers at every level, really giving predictable characteristics in all weathers. It’s another series that majors on paddock atmosphere being as important as on-track action, which I believe really adds to its appeal. As ever, the grid looks impressive for the 2015season, and I’m personally looking forward to seeing the many battles ahead this year.”