Federal Tire Well Rated in Japanese Performance Test
Praise for Federal Tire’s 595 RS-R has been handed out by Japan’s Rev Speed magazine. The popular performance and tuning magazine recently described the semi-slick tyre as a “a high-performance offering features a sporty personality, with a genuine bargain of attractively and affordable price.”
In testing the tyre, Rev Speed sent a team of evaluators to the Nikko Circuit in central Japan, where they spent a full track day behind the wheel. The Federal product was pitted against four competitors from the UHP tyre sector. Testing on the 235/40R18 size tyres was carried out using a Subaru Impreza GRB, which performed numerous time attack and drifting manoeuvres. During five “hot laps” the steering characteristics delivered by each tyre were analysed as a measure of overall balance.
As Federal comments, the outcome was that the 595 RS-R was recognised to offer quicker response and higher levels of grip, as well as greater consistency lap after lap. According to the magazine’s May 2009 edition, Federal adds, the 595RS-R performed particularly well in all factors relating to drive overall satisfaction. Two test drivers Takashi Oi and Mitsuhiro Kinoshita, expressed enthusiasm about the Federal’s performance, commenting that “there is always a phenomenal amount of traction on the tread for Federal 595 RS-R, its steering performance remained responsive when initially turning off centre as the vehicle accelerated around some of the tighter corners on the test track.”
In conclusion, Federal notes that the 595RS-R is an upgraded all round tyre that endures in high-powered driving. It is designed, the company adds, to “get the maximum out of your machine”. And therein lies, the company believes, “a class leader that truly differentiate our product from other existing options available in the market.”