We’ve had a great review from MX-5 forum user NickD about the Kumho Ecsta HS51 on his Mazda.
He tested the tyres on three laps of Rockingham’s International Super Sports Car Circuit which in his words is a course that “is famed for its abrasion in the dry and its less than stunning grip in the wet.” And it was a damp day… An extra challenging task for our HS51’s!
Here’s some snippets from what Nick had to say when the HS51’s were compared to the Toyo T1R.
“…where the Kumho felt direct and positive, ideal for a sports car, even just driving slowly round access roads, the Toyo felt far less so.”
“…if the same car was coming the other way and both braked, the point at which both Kumho shod cars would have stopped with their noses just touching would have resulted in a very substantial head on collision if the cars were on the Toyo tyres.
“…the HS51 is really quite a good tyre, it outshone the Toyo in just about every area that matters and just that stability of braking and progression in breakaway at the limit is quite possible going to save quite a few MX-5’s from making car shaped holes in hedges.”
Check out his video of the review, where you can see the drive yourself.
Thanks for the good review, Nick! We’re glad you were as impressed as we are. Click here to see the full review.