A not Scientific test of different tire compounds in Dirt Rally 2.0
I have for some time wondered what my tire choices would do on my overall time. This is especially important in custom events and Clubs. Some have 4-6 stages before Service.
So, I’ve done a little test on five stages in Greece using tires in this order: Soft/Medium/Hard.
Citroën c4 in the 2000`s class.
The stages I choose was completely random but in a different way than Australia. Instead of 2 long and 2 short I made it with 1 long and 4 short stages
· Stage 1: Perasma Platani – 10,69km
· Stage 2: Pedines Epidaxi – 5,38km
· Stage 3: Ypsona tou Dasos – 6,59km
· Stage 4: Ampelonas Ormi – 4,50km
· Stage 5: Abies Koiláda -7,09km
A total of 34,25km with no tire change and no service on the car
Since its too early in the day for compensating like I did on the Australia test I made my driving style into “No Crashing” had to drive so safe on each tire compound that there would be no damage to the car, still as fast as possible but with zero change of damage. The stage times are included on each tire
The soft tires work quite brilliant from start to finish. I felt a change in grip after stage 1. Stage 2 and 3 were somewhat different but still great grip. Stage 4 and 5 the tires were worn, but I still felt I had control over the car and no significant change in the two last stages. But it required earlier breaking and it was overall more slippery and hard to take hairpins. Fun fact: The rattle noise from things hitting the wheel arch disappeared when tires were worn.
· Stage 1: 06.38
· Stage 2: 04.15
· Stage 3: 03.33
· Stage 4: 03.33 WORN
· Stage 5: 04.33 WORN
· Event : 22.34
The Medium tires is always safe to use. That includes Greece. Felt a slight change after the first stage but had a good and consistent grip for the rest of the event
· Stage 1: 07.02
· Stage 2: 04.23
· Stage 3: 03.39
· Stage 4: 03.38
· Stage 5: 04.33
· Event : 23.13
The hard tire compound gave me a loose grip in every stage. And this being the third time in this event in a short period of time I should have driven a bit faster but pushing more than I did would result in damage to the car and a dnf.
· Stage 1: 07.00
· Stage 2: 04.21
· Stage 3: 03.41
· Stage 4: 03.36
· Stage 5: 04.33
· Event : 23.12
Times on each event is somewhat irrelevant since this is more a test on how I felt the car behaved on each tire compound, even though it gives you a clue on your choice.
The clear winner is SOFT. Even after it was worn it was better than hard.
Little tricky after the tires were “done” but I still sat solid times compared to medium/hard
The last thing I have noticed is that the state of the tires does not change mid stage, always in between stages.