Topic: Tires - is wider better for corners - or is it the weight of the car?
Hi - I noticed many of the Class A and a couple Class B folks pulling away from us at Thunderhill last weekend, zipping and zagging through the chicanes and corners. We have some tightened coil overs already on the car, and try to ride the corners until just before the tires are chirping, so it seems we are at the limit of traction with our current set up. At times we were right behind some of these cars so essentially following the same line and braking pattern.
We were running 235/40R-17 FALKEN AZENIS RT615K+ SL on 7" wide rims. The car is FWD weighing ~3000 with fuel and driver, about 60/40 weight distribution front to back and nicely balanced side to side.
I was wondering if jamming in some 10" wide rims and going to a tire more like 285/35/18 Hankook R-S4, would significantly help us (that would increase our tire width 17%, ~2" from 9.3" to 11.2")?
Thanks for your insights!!