Federal Tires

General chat that fellow COM'ers may be interested in.
Post Reply
6PAK72
Speed Racer
Speed Racer
Posts: 759
Joined: Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:30 am
Location: Wilton NH

Federal Tires

Post by 6PAK72 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:20 pm

Any and all info about Federals...pre-season.

My R7 budget is busting me 😳
Jeff Baker
Wilton, NH
#42 95 Miata
72 TR6
79 TR7 V6 in shed

TunaNoCrust
Fast Lapper
Fast Lapper
Posts: 46
Joined: Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:57 pm

Re: Federal Tires

Post by TunaNoCrust » Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:29 pm

I ran the FZ-201 Soft at a few events last year and for the money I am quite impressed.

Grip level is greater than an R888R, but certainly not Hoosier level. I will have a better idea once I run Palmer again as I only ran the Federals at tracks that were new to me.

Wear seems to be better than A7s, probably on par with say an R888R.

Seems to be consistent through the number of heat cycles as I have one set at 10 heat cycles and another at 2-3.

Tires are very responsive to steering input with a beefy sidewall. Runs tire pressures a little lower than I would on other similar tires.

Only complaint was they did not like cold weather, probably more noticeable on lighter weight cars? At WGI they were ready to go a short way into the first lap. At the NHMS event at the end of last year, they were like rocks on the first lap...anybody behind could attest, especially Ken :lol:


All in all, they are cheap, good consistent grip, good wear characteristics...oh and they are cheap.


Jeff if you are at the test event at Palmer, feel free to try them out as I will likely be running my 10HC Federals.
Chuck Comeau
#55 T50 2019 Toyota 86

DPL8
Rookie Driver
Rookie Driver
Posts: 7
Joined: Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:11 pm

Re: Federal Tires

Post by DPL8 » Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:07 am

I ran them for the last event at NHMS last season, Once they heated up they seemed to have nice grip and after 10 plus H/C they seem to still have some life left in them.. but that first 1 or 2 laps it was like driving on ice, almost spun on me multiple times....


I ran Nankang AR1s as well and i really liked them as well..
17 FK8 CTR

beatus
Rookie Driver
Rookie Driver
Posts: 15
Joined: Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:30 pm
Location: Lynn, MA

Re: Federal Tires

Post by beatus » Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:28 pm

DPL8 wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:07 am
I ran them for the last event at NHMS last season, Once they heated up they seemed to have nice grip and after 10 plus H/C they seem to still have some life left in them.. but that first 1 or 2 laps it was like driving on ice, almost spun on me multiple times....


I ran Nankang AR1s as well and i really liked them as well..
Given the choice of the two, would you pick one over the other? Looks like the AR1s are like $25 more/tire.
Brandon Ganem
#005 T70 2005 Saab 92x Aero

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest