The GT Radial Champiro HPY ultra high performance tire turned some heads with its performance in extreme heat at Firebird Raceway near Phoenix at an event held for GT Radial dealers and the news media.
Available in 17 sizes (35 to 50 series) for 17 to 20-inch wheels, the Y-speed-rated GT Radial Champiro HPY is designed to deliver outstanding cornering and traction capabilities for today’s sports cars without breaking the wallet.
“We believe the GT Radial Champiro HPY is the right tire at the right time for drivers looking for value in this economy but not wanting to sacrifice the performance of their sports cars,” said Tom McNamara, vice president of sales for GITI Tire USA.
According to Motor Age: “The new tire features an asymmetric tread pattern design for minimizing noise levels at high speeds consisting of an inner and outer shoulder area; the open inner shoulder has continuous lateral grooves to disperse water while the compact outer shoulder ensures optimum road contact and excellent cornering stability.”
Here’s what Car and Driver had to say: “GT Radial’s presentation on the Champiro HPY showed a performance test comparing its new tire to other unnamed performance tires, and the results look good. We also had a chance to take a few laps around a road course and do a short slalom exercise in Champiro HPY–equipped cars. Based on our brief experience, it looks like GT Radial’s claims should hold up. The laps weren’t driven at the limit, but the HPY seems like it has a good amount of grip and returns good feedback to the driver.”
Although the media are not as familiar with GT Radial tires yet, they were very impressed with the brand’s track record in Asia. According to Ilikecars.net: “GT Radial provides original-equipment fitments on over 100 models in its home market, including General Motors, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz products. GM even named it supplier of the year in 2005 and 2006.”
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