Every now and then, we end up with a new product that becomes a must have or must try out. This year it’s the Zestino Gredge Drift Tyre that has made it’s way to the USA from Japan.
Many great drivers have been getting excited about, and enjoying this tire in Japan, Europe and all over Asia. It is the fastest growing tyre on the market today. The results are becoming podium finishes and lots of exposure on a global scale. This has sparked our interest and we had to get more info on this tyre.
We spoke with Ernie Gonzalez who is the first Drifter in the United States to be sponsored by Zestino Tyres and this is what he had to say while smiling from ear to ear.
EverythingDrift: So can you tell us more about the tire and what can we compare it to that is known on the market today?
Ernie: That is a question I get asked daily. I guess the best way I can answer that is by telling you how it became the tire that it is now. So picture this; You and 12 of your friends Drift on different tire brands. Each of you writes down on a piece of paper what you like and dislike the most about that tire. Then you all put those papers together and approach a tire company that is well known for building great UHP tires for different brand labels. In 2012 the project started and by the end of 2014 it was sent out to other parts of the world for testing. (not the USA lol) After receiving great feedback, the tire was launched a few months later. Since the launch, Zestino has added two additional compounds, which gives us options of 140tw, 180tw, 240tw, and a 280tw, which will be released by end of this year. So to answer your question, there is nothing on the market today that you can compare it to. This is not a UHP tire that already existed and had the compound or tread pattern changed a bit in order to deliver better performance in one specific area.
“This is a tyre built for Drifting”