On a rare occasion at the Sepang Circuit, Toyo Tires introduced their newest Proxes TR1 for driving enthusiasts in the country. Toyo Proxes TR1 replaces the previous and performance-oriented Proxes T1R. To mark the occasion, the company shod several BMW 320ds and Honda Civics with the new Proxes to give media members and guests an opportunity to run with their latest pride and joy. Several well-known professional drivers were brought in to ferry lucky guests and media guys around the former Malaysian F1 track.
WHAT’S THE BUZZ ABOUT THE NEW TOYO PROXES TR1
The Proxes TR1 is the latest version of the Sporty Ultra performance tyre series aimed at delivering a fun-to-drive experience for motoring enthusiasts and owners of sporty sedans. Designed to fascinate a variety of consumers be it for track-day events or for weekend cruising pleasure, the Proxes TR1 combines unique edgy and functional designs, expressed through stylish and attractive asymmetric tread patterns to deliver impressive wet performance and improved cornering stability.
Merging the designs of both the Proxes Sport and the Proxes T1R, the Proxes TR1 has a tyre profile that also looks aggressive and is functional at the same time. The aggressive design on the tyre’s shoulder was drawn from the Proxes T1R, which has long slant grooves and open lateral slits for better water drainage whilst functional aspects were taken from the Proxes Sport by adding wide grooves, a high stiffness rib and tapered slits to improve both water drainage as well as grip and stability during cornering.
One of the best features of the Proxes TR1 however is the unique ‘wear process finder’ which provides a visualization of wear progress. Beginning with 5 stars, as the tyre is used, the number of stars will decrease and at zero star, it is highly recommended that consumers change their tyres.
The second unique selling proposition of the Proxes TR1 is the use of advanced materials used to create the Proxes TR1, combining Super Active Polymers and a high silica content to create a balance of better wet grip and low rolling resistance.
The construction of the Proxes TR1 also combines three features. A spiral-wound cap ply that supports good wet and dry handling stability; high tensile steel belts to improve handling and directional stability and finally high-hardness bead fillers that improves cornering grip and stability.
The Proxes TR1 is available in Malaysia in 24 sizes, ranging from 15 to 19 inches rim diameter (see fact sheet), with recommended retail prices ranging from RM199 to RM800 per tyre, depending on tyre size. It available at Toyo Tires authorized dealerships. For a limited time, when you buy a set of Proxes TR1, you’ll receive a Targus bag worth RM 109 while stocks last.