Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s Avon Tyres subsidiary launched a DOT-legal Tech RA competition tire in six sizes through mail-order and online marketer Tire Rack, based in South Bend.
The tire is designed to maximize acceleration, braking and cornering, according to Avon. A high-grip tread compound molded into a near-slick tread pattern combined with a revised internal construction and casing performance are aimed at advancing the tire's performance beyond the original Tech R.
``In comparison to the original Tech R, which is already an outstanding motorsports tire with good treadlife, the new Tech RA is designed to reduce times by blending great dry traction with improved steering response and cornering stability without a reduction in treadwear,'' said Julian Baldwin, motorsport director of Avon Tyres Racing.
Avon made the tire available for use in the 2005 Sports Car Club of America's Solo competition. The six sizes will be: 205/55R14, 205/50R15, 225/45R15, 225/50R16, 225/45R17 and 275/40R17.