Looking at my shortlist options now (Nankangs seem to be too track focused):
Avon ZT7 - Caterham standard 14" wheel fitment. No feedback on here
Uniroyal Rainsport 3 - Quite a few recommendations. Great in the wet. Not so good in the dry and can squeal
Dunlop Sport Blue Response - A couple of recommendations. Seems a good all-rounder
One not mentioned is the Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance - some excellent reviews in the recent Auto Express/ADAC tests and comes out better than the 3 listed above.
You have to recognise that tyres like Goodyear Efficient Grip and Dunlop Sport etc are built for cars that can be upto 2 times the weight of a Caterham, and consequently their sidewall construction are quite stiff to support cars of increased weight. This stiffness isn't conducive to providing a decent ride quality at all, which is why i suspect very few people stray too far from proven solutions.
I'd go with Toyo R888rs myself, I have them on 13s and they work well.
Tazio, I’m leaning towards the R888rs as well ( on 14”). What is the general view on the correct pressures?
Just replaced my A021's with Nankang NS-2R 185/60R14 and they are much quieter on the road. They have a B wet weather rating which is why I bought them. The 888' have an E wet weather rating.
I've now done about 150 road miles on NS2Rs (14") and am very impressed. Especially so with wet weather performance after 20 mile drive to Brands Hatch yesterday morning. Conditions started as "take the tintop" weather and after 10 miles or so encountered the aftermath of a cloudburst with road completely awash in several places. No loss of grip or twitchiness even in serious standing water.
In both wet and dry conditions I am driving with same confidence as I had in AO21s. I'd been using them for 25+ years including race use in early days.
Very happy with my NS-2R having run AO 21's for twenty years. Think I made the right choice, though I think they will wear quickly if one does a lot of miles.
Is the XL rating for the 14" size significant?
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