2013 Scion FR-S: Back to Basics
November 21, 2012
In preparation for our Black Friday autocross, I dug the Scion's original wheels and tires out of storage. My plan is to run the majority of the day on these tires in order to save the new set that are currently mounted.
I had to make a trip over to Stoke's to get some valve stems put in and get the wheels balanced, since the TPMS sensors are now on the Volk aftermarket wheels.
Running the harder Michelins gives us a chance to learn the course without wearing off the sticky tires. It also gives us the opportunity for a little tail-out entertainment (okay, that's the real reason). In the last couple of sessions, we'll make the switch. I'm guessing the Yokohama's will be significantly quicker than the old Michelins, but I also predict the Michelins will be way more fun.
The Focus doesn't have a spare set of tires, so we'll take special care not to needlessly scrub off too much rubber. Smooth is fast, after all.
In any case, Kurt and I are sure to be pasted by my sister, who'll be joining us in her STi with Hoosier slicks.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor