Bridgestone Releases Street-Legal Track Tyre, The Potenza RE-17R


The Japanese tyre manufacturer, Bridgestone, has news for those track-day enthusiasts looking for a good tyre in Gold Coast, or anywhere in Australia.

The company has recently made a statement, saying that the Potenza RE-71R, its street-legal track designed tire model, will be available for purchase by Australian customers. However, the company has added that customers may have to undergo a waiting period following their order of a set.

According to the company’s spokesperson, Myles Wallace, the RE-71R is a low volume model, and, as such, requires importing from the company’s home country of Japan, which usually takes around four months.

To help with this issue, they have encouraged their dealers to acquire the notable stock of the most popular tyre measurements, especially if they have a considerable amount of track-day customers patronizing them.

Bridgestone released information on the RE-71R, saying that the tyre model is aimed at the track-day enthusiast demographic looking for a tyre model that is usable for both racing and daily driving. The RE-71R is said to feature improved contact patch and better tread compound, utilizing Bridgestone’s UltimatEYE technology, a Bridgestone-developed high-grip polymer they are marketing with the capability of adapting to varying road surfaces, on top of additional contact area on the tyre for better grip in a wider range of conditions.

Bridgestone made statements regarding the tyre, saying that the RE-71R showed improvements on lap-times on Japan’s Tsukuba Circuit, the country’s primary automotive testing grounds, all without sacrificing the needs of daily driving, such as comfort or durability. Data from the manufacturer showed a 3% increase in minimum corner speed and a 1% lap time improvement on the tests, done on the Tsukuba Circuit with a Toyota 86, and compared with the company’s currently outgoing performance tyre model, the RE-11A.

Andrew Moffatt, Bridgestone’s Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, said that the company has managed to develop a model of tyres that are capable of acting as the standard for track-day enthusiasts looking for a good tyre in Gold Coast, Australia or NZ, whilst also delivering the same performance levels on regular street conditions.

The Potenza RE-71R is now available for interested buyers through official Bridgestone stockists, with sizes ranging from 165/55R14 to 295/30R20.