Long-term Lotus Fanatic
I don't know about "more predictable"... I think the AD07s are pretty predictable -Jefft said:The 48's are much more predictable than 07, I think everyone would agree? Like I said, R compound is better in every way they just dont last for near as long.
After a bunch of track days in varying conditions I pretty much know what the AD07s are going to do when they're going to do it. I can tell when they're at their limit of adhesion - I can induce oversteer with a little lift - deal with understeer - no surprises. I guess I'm not sure what you're talking about.
On the other hand, playing the devil's advocate (edit - having driven the AO48s on track only once)... Is it true what I've heard (edit - and experienced) about the AO48s? Yes they do have a much higher level of grip. But when you finally exceed that point -do they let go with a vengeance?
Ok - probably not, again if you know what you're doing, and are used to the tires (edit - I wasn't), they probably let you know what's happening well before catastrophe strikes.
So predictable, in reality, comes with experience.
(Note - my edits - I forgot about the Elise Driving Experience I took in 2005, where I lost it in a big way by slightly lifting at the edge of adhesion in an Elise - not mine - with AO48s. Luckily no damage...)