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2009 Caterham Avon ZZR Superlights Review

August 2009
Filed under: CATERHAM Car News | CATERHAM Headlines
Avon Tyres most uncompromising ultra-high performance tyre, the ZZR, is set to be paired with another equally high-performance product, the Caterham Superlight range.

The two iconic British motoring brands long association, stretching back 18 years, has resulted in the creation of a bespoke version of Avons road-legal ZZR tyre, designed for maximum dry weather grip.

The ZZR range has proved itself to be a formidable performer, particularly among the track-day fraternity, which seeks a tyre offering predictable and progressive handling.

It is not the first time Avon, owned and manufactured by Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, and Caterham have combined - the much heralded Avon CR500 was developed specifically for the predecessor of the present-day Superlight R500, and is standard fitment across the current Superlight range.

James Weekley, Avon Tyres Operations and UK Sales Manager commented: “The challenge was to take our most extreme tyre and tune it to compliment the specific characteristics that are inherent to Superlight Sevens. A two-tonne Nissan GTR is an altogether different prospect to a half-tonne Caterham.

“Using all the data and expertise weve collected over the years, weve tweaked the ZZR with a lighter overall construction, using less stiff sidewalls, reduced reinforcement and a softer compound of rubber, making it ideally suited to the new application.

Available as an option on the Caterham Superlight range, the road-legal ZZR offers track enthusiasts the ultimate in grip and handling, with enhanced performance in the dry over the standard fitment Avon CR500.

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