Originally Posted by supradude
well guys i was reading some where that you could use electrical tape wrapped around your tires and so i tried it ....and come to find out it actually gripped better than some of my old rubber tamiya tires
so im gonna have to try this abs stuff
Yeah, electrical tape is fairly grippy, it's not quite as sticky as sorex 40's at the temps I've run at. But it's not just stickiness that gets you traction with taped tires, the softness of the sidewall and insert will also buy some traction. This is why the yokomo treaded drift tires recommend using inserts for less grip - harder/stiffer tires grip less.
From what I've tried, from least to most grip: (?on guesses)
?worn foam core abs
yokomo treaded drift tires
hard race tires (40's etc) (depends on track temp)
HPI x patterns :P
good grip tires
There are some other changes besides grip - ie the sharpness of losing and regaining grip varies, mostly as an effect of stiffness.
ABS is the most fun because you don't need to go fast
The Yokomo tries looked the most like real car drifting
On asphalt tape was least consistent, followed by the 40's
On carpet rounded, fresh abs was best.