Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Mountain View, CA
Tire code is 3714, so not that old really. And the tires did not feel old or heat cycled either.
My question is if the tire was defective, what would trigger losing a strip of rubber like that? Blistering? And wouldn't other people have seen something similar before? Toyo is telling me to find an authorized dealer to examine the tire in case there are warranty issues. Finding a local toyo dealer that know how to lift lotus cars is a different story ... :-)
I looked carefully in the wheel well and felt the inside with my hand and nothing seems out of place. At this point, I am also thinking temporary debris that cut the tire during that session and later fell off, as Kiyoshi said. I am taking it to a shop on Wednesday to replace the tire. I plan to ask them to take a close look, just to be sure it is not something permanent that needs fixing.
I was pretty bummed out when it happened. But at this point, I am pretty happy that the tire did not go off completely (losing a tire at Sonoma would have been ugly.....)
Last edited by spaparizos; 11-23-2015 at 04:17 PM.