Warning – this post may contain content about a certain brand of car beginning with P. I feel like I’ve been gushing a little too much about my latest acquisition so I’m trying not to mention it too much lest people get a bit sick of it – but HOT-DAMN, it’s good!
If there’s one thing I fell in love with straight away when it comes to my 968, it’s the grip. Much of that comes courtesy of the car’s transaxle, 50/50 weight balance and limited slip diff. But the finishing touch was the four rubber patches holding it to the road – the Yokohama tyres that, whilst road legal, are designed primarily for the track.
The downside is that they’re very, very noisy. They create a whining sound that rises in volume as you accelerate and to be honest, they made driving the car around town more laborious than it should be.
So last week I made my first post-purchase decision and had new tyres fitted. The new tyres are Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2’s.
Here’s a photo of the new tyre next to the old one:
Result – a much more pleasant driving experience!! The Goodyears are not only a LOT quieter, they seem to absorb the disturbances in the road a lot better, too, making for a much more comfortable drive all round.
I’ve undoubtedly lost a little bit of that grip, but I tested the new rubber out on a couple of 180+ degree off-ramps the other day and I can tell you: there’s still plenty of grip there to be enjoyed 🙂
The Yokohamas are now in storage and will come out for special occasions, like the Porsche Club of Tasmania hillclimb at Baskerville race circuit in a few weeks from now. It would have been a waste to wear those Yokohamas out on regular streets, anyway.
A couple of things noted during the tyre change:
1) It’s nice to know I’m not the only one that has trouble with the low stance of this car.
The guys at Beaurepaires couldn’t get their hoist under it to change the tyres so they had to do it with trolley jacks instead.
2) While the wheel was off and for no good reason at all, I picked up one of the wheel nuts. Porsche’s commitment to always thinking like race-car builders was evident straight away.
The wheel nuts are made of lightweight alloy and weigh next-to-nothing. I picked up the wheel nuts from the Holden Commodore in the next bay and they must have been at least three times as heavy.
When it comes to unsprung weight, every little bit helps.
The next spend will be on the 120,000km service, including the timing belts and associated bits and pieces, just for my own piece of mind. After that, I’ll be hunting for a spare set of Cup I wheels so I don’t have to go back to Beaurepaires every time I want to change my tyres.
Of course, there’ll be some very pleasant driving between now and then and maybe, if it’s OK with you, some more photos and posts on the website about the expeirence.
It might even be time for a film.