Originally Posted by bruce.augenstein@comcast.
Generally speaking, DOT-legal semi-race rubber tends to be worth a fat second a minute in lap times over tires like the PS2, so for me to state that I think the new automatic may result in slightly improved lap times even on PS2s means I'm giving the new box a lot of credit.
I'm guessing we'll never know. Pity.
I think that generalisation of a second a minute in lap time is a little misleading. Semi-race rubber performance various according to type of corner and entry speed, plus it gains nothing on the straights. So if a track has less corners than the next course of equal distance the improvement will also vary. The ring has a shit load of corners but not all will show the kind of improvements to expect a possible 8 second drop in lap time. I personally think a more reasonable 3 seconds might be closer to the truth with a similar improvement coming from the gearbox as well.