The percentage of grooves on the RX tire complies with the minimum allowed by the FIA technical regulations to ensure maximum duration and efficiency even in the most extreme conditions. The square profile and rigid structure of this tire facilitates steering precision and prompt response.This construction is effective for both slow routes and fast routes with prolonged stress on the tire and fast changes of direction.
It is available in two compounds for specific weather and asphalt conditions. The softer compound is better suited for competition driving on smooth or damp surfaces, and at lower temperatures where a substantial level of grip is required. In these instances, the tread rubber would not be excessively stressed.The harder compound is reserved for special stages that require consistent performance over long distances and at higher temperatures.
The markings that appears on the side of the tires also tells us the basic size of the tire, the rim diameter and the width of the rim.
We will illustrate how to read two different types of branding that may appear on the side of the rally tires.
C: Nominal section width expressed in mm - 225
D: Nominal external diameter expressed in mm - 600
d: Nominal rim diameter of the rim, expressed in inches - 16
C: Nominal section width expressed in mm - 205
h/C: Tire’s technical series. This expresses the ration between the section height (in mm) and the nominal section width (in mm) - 65
Radial construction - R
d: Nominal rim diameter of the rim, expressed in inches - 15
The treads of the various versions of rally tires are described by one or two letters followed by a number. The letters identify the type of tread.
The number after the letter indicates the type of use, for example: RX 7
Make sure that tires are fitted by experts, with specialised dedicated machinery and equipment, who follow safety procedures.
Before mounting the tires clean the surface of the beads and the area of the rim that comes into contact with the tyre.
Use ONLY special tire lubricants for mounting tires. Do NOT use silicone or petroleum lubricants.
Check the state of the valves to prevent air loss: Check the seals and the tightness for metal ones and check also for any tears or cracks in rubber seals. If necessary, replace them. When the tire is being used, always use the valve cover top.
Follow the indications provided on the sidewall of the tire referring to the rolling direction and the correct positioning of the internal and external sidewalls, if specified.
Use the safety cage when inflating tires.
Before unseating the tire from the rim during disassembly, make sure that the tire has been fully deflated, removing the inner valve mechanism.
Temperatures measured on the tread are an excellent indicator for deciding the best choice of final compound and for optimising corner adjustments of the vehicle, such as camber and toe.
We recommend measuring the temperature at three different points: inner (innermost side of the vehicle), centre, outer tread.
In particular, average temperatures must be the ones shown in the table, the difference between the values measured internally, in the centre and externally must be maximum 20°, while the difference between the front and rear axles must be no more than 25°.
If these values are exceeded, we recommend a different final compound should be used or the vehicle’s geometry should be adjusted.
Working pressure values depend on the size of the tire in relation to the load that it is subjected to. In other words, it will vary according to the type of car, the weight and conditions of use.
In particular, as the weight of the vehicle, speeds and accelerations that the tire is subjected to increase, the working pressure must be increased. In any case, tires should not be used at pressures below 1.6 bar.
Using excessively low pressures would bring about the breaking of the tire due to excess force on the sidewall or unseating from the rim. “Hot” working pressures are usually in the range of 2.2 – 2.5 bar.
Initial inflation pressures vary in order to obtain these values, depending on whether the tires are preheated or used “cold”. Indeed, preheated tires can be inflated to slightly lower values than cold tires.
The difference will depend on the type of heater, the time it remains and the environmental conditions.
The tread on some types of tires can be hand cut to increase the size of the existing grooves.
Hand-cutting is useful for improving grip in certain intermediate situations, between dry and thoroughly wet surfaces, or on mixed gravel/rock and sandy surfaces.
The tread efficiency in the conditions for which it was originally designed will no longer be the same.
Hand-cutting must be carried out by experts using specialised equipment, suitable for use while observing safety regulations.
The red color is used to highlight where grooves can be Hand-Cut.
|tyre size||version||diameter(mm)D||section width(mm)C||tread wdt(mm)Cb||rolling circumference(mm)||rim
|tyre size160/560-14 TL||versionRX5 - RX7||diameter(mm)D562||section width(mm)C175||tread wdt(mm)Cb155||rolling circumference(mm)1731||rim
|tyre size190/580-15 TL||versionRX5 - RX7 - RX9||diameter(mm)D578||section width(mm)C203||tread wdt(mm)Cb190||rolling circumference(mm)1781||rim
|tyre size200/600-16 TL||versionRX5 - RX7 - RX9||diameter(mm)D601||section width(mm)C203||tread wdt(mm)Cb195||rolling circumference(mm)1854||rim
|tyre size200/625-17 TL||versionRX5 - RX7 - RX9||diameter(mm)D625||section width(mm)C203||tread wdt(mm)Cb205||rolling circumference(mm)1929||rim
|tyre size225/625-17 TL||versionRX5 - RX7||diameter(mm)D625||section width(mm)C220||tread wdt(mm)Cb205||rolling circumference(mm)1929||rim
|tyre size225/650-18 TL||versionRX5 - RX7 - RX9||diameter(mm)D646||section width(mm)C227||tread wdt(mm)Cb215||rolling circumference(mm)1995||rim