Grippy tyre for the Elise released

Yokohama Advan Neova
Yokohama Advan Neova
Need new, grippier tyres for your Lotus Elise, closer to the original spec? Yokohama has ridden to the rescue.

We hear that stocks of the original spec Pirellis are long gone and a lot of people have swapped over to slightly wider (195/50 front, 225/45 rear), track-biased Yokohama Advan Neovas.

Now, Lotus-approved skinnier rubber is available from Yokohama in the form of the C.Drive (185/55 front, 205/50 rear, as per the originals). Apparently these tyres have been around for a while, it's just that very few people are aware of them; they haven't even shown up on official Lotus lists as yet.

The C.Drives have 'proper' tread so should be better for those who want to use their Elise S1 through the winter and because they're narrower at the front than previous replacement tyres, they should lighten up the steering a tad. Inevitably there'll be some lowering of the outer limits of adhesion, but on the other hand Yokohama has, apparently, given the C.Drive a slightly softer rubber compound for use on the Lotus.

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  • mrdemon 21 Aug 2006

    205 is not wide enough for the rear ?

  • Narvanath 21 Aug 2006

    Yokohama said:

    ...a slightly softer rubber compound for use on the Lotus


    Does that mean new tyres every 5k miles?

  • bher 21 Aug 2006

    Narvanath said:
    Yokohama said:

    ...a slightly softer rubber compound for use on the Lotus


    Does that mean new tyres every 5k miles?


    Yes if use on the wet otherwise we can't tell

  • S Works 21 Aug 2006

    mrdemon said:
    205 is not wide enough for the rear ?

    I thought the early S1 rears were 205?

  • shangani 21 Aug 2006

    Oddly enough, that picture is of the Yoko Advan 07 which is in S2 sizes and is now standard fitment on S2 cars excluding exiges. The Advan Neova for the S1 has been around a long time and is a popular choice on the S1.

    Edited by shangani on Monday 21st August 14:35

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