Protoura Race is now availableTuesday 5th September 2023
Introducing our first ever track tyre for the Davanti range, the Protoura Race.
Engineered to win, Protoura Race has been designed to provide unbeatable performance on the track.
Protoura Race was developed in some of the most demanding, controlled testing scenarios to ensure the tyre was capable of delivering the pace and agility needed.
One of Europe’s toughest proving grounds for summer testing saw Protoura Race excel.
The tyre was put through a series of wet and dry handling and braking tests against its peers to ensure the tyres performed at the top of their class.
The tyre was tested using a Golf GTI TCR race car, as well as a series of road cars including the latest Golf GTI, to determine on-road performance. It achieved ‘A’ grade status for braking capabilities and excellent grip in the wet and the dry, proving its control.
At the Calafat Circuit, Protoura Race was specifically tested for durability, focussing on abrasion and heat resistance using the full race version Golf GTI TCR. The tyre was heated and cooled repeatedly over multiple sessions to assess its consistency, how suitable it is for racing and its ability to transition from the track to the road. The result proved excellent, with the integrity and feedback necessary to make drivers feel confident.
Pitting the Protoura Race against its competitors, we tested the tyre at Silverstone using professional TSL timing and qualification standings, pushing it to the edge. Once again, Race proved its handling capabilities on the challenging high speed corners and its adaptability to transition from a damp circuit to a dry line.
Ray Collier, Managing Director and Chief Engineer of TREAD, the independent testing organisation that tested Protoura Race, said: “The result of this stringent testing is a tyre that is best in class for consistency, reliability and speed. It has been tuned for progressive handling to give drivers ultimate control, and the ability to withstand changes in temperatures while performing consistently without substantial wearing, allowing the tyre to be driven on from the track to the road repeatedly.”
Key features of Protoura Race
Its semi-slick tread design provides a combination of excellent dry grip and control in the wet without compromising speed, making it a successful formula to outpace the ordinary. Key features of our first-ever track tyre which provide drivers with the power and handling to achieve podium results include:
- Directional tread pattern to provide superior control in wet weather conditions.
- Enhanced carcass strength to provide direct feedback to the driver and control under high cornering forces experienced on race tracks.
- New compound with added grip for greater braking and acceleration power.
- Semi-slick tread design allows the tyre to be driven from the track to the road.
Although predominantly designed for the track, Protoura Race also has road legal status, making journeying to and from the track easy.
Davanti Tyres’ General Manager Peter Cross comments:
“It’s an exciting time for Davanti Tyres as we launch our first ever track tyre, Protoura Race. Now we have a semi-slick track tyre, our performance range offers more options for our specialist retailers and motorists.
“The testing we’ve undertaken with Protoura Race cannot be understated and is something we are incredibly proud of. From the IDIADA facilities in Spain to iconic motor racing circuits such as Silverstone and Spain’s Calafat Circuit, the Protoura Race has proved its capabilities in tricky conditions and challenging apexes. It’s thanks to our rigorous development process we can offer a tyre that is genuinely engineered to win.”
The tyre is available in sizes 13” to 18”.