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Old 05-18-2019, 06:05 PM   #1
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ZL1 in the rain? Safe or not?

Have read about two ZL1s being wrecked in the rain. Here in Florida we get rain probably 3-5 days a week during the summer. Donít want to buy a daily just to use in the rain. I am not getting the 1LE package. Just wondering how the car does in the rain if you are driving sensible. I think one car hydroplaned at only 45mph? That seems really slow to hydroplane.


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Old 05-18-2019, 06:21 PM   #2
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DRVN, you have to be more careful driving in the rain or after it has rained because of the Supercar Goodyear tires tend to hydroplane more than the tires with more tread. And of course the idiots out there that want to drive fast in the rain you have to be on the watch out for them too. My advice would be just slow down some and let the other drivers pass you if it’s raining and get a feel for the car in the wet conditions.
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:22 PM   #3
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I have hydroplaned at 40mph and 50 mph both times driving what I consider quite sensibly. That’s 2 of the three or four times I have had to drive in rain.

The oem tires excel in dry conditions, but hey will try to kill you in rain. If you’re going to daily the car in Florida, replace the goodyears for MPS4S. You can sell the GY’s easily on these forums as the oem tires are excellent track tires.
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:24 PM   #4
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I have hydroplaned at 40mph and 50 mph both times driving what I consider quite sensibly. Thatís 2 of the three or four times I have had to drive in rain.

The oem tires excel in dry conditions, but hey will try to kill you in rain. If youíre going to daily the car in Florida, replace the goodyears for MPS4S. You can sell the GYís easily on these forums as the oem tires are excellent track tires.


That is crazy slow! I run the 4s tires now and love them in the rain. Guess I would swap out to those.


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Old 05-18-2019, 06:25 PM   #5
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Tires, man, tires. My 2018 ZL1 1LE convinced me very quickly to buy a set of street wheels/tires and save the factory Goodyears, that came on it, for the track. I found a moderately wet freeway to be scary at anything over 55 mph. Hyrodplaning still a mild issue with heavily treaded Nittos I use for the street but mostly cause they're fat tires not because of the tread design.
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:26 PM   #6
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DRVN, you have to be more careful driving in the rain or after it has rained because of the Supercar Goodyear tires tend to hydroplane more than the tires with more tread. And of course the idiots out there that want to drive fast in the rain you have to be on the watch out for them too. My advice would be just slow down some and let the other drivers pass you if itís raining and get a feel for the car in the wet conditions.


Do you run the car in wet mode when raining? I would assume that uses the most safety functions.


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Old 05-18-2019, 06:31 PM   #7
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OEM tires, not recommended. Switched to PS4S and now I don't have to pretend I'm driving on ice. Also, run track mode PTM setting wet. If you run sport mode it does weird stuff and you will lose control. My car side stepped a lane in sport mode. PTM wet is amazing.
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:31 PM   #8
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I live in Florida and drive my ZLE daily to work on Toyo r888rís. If you read the forums I should be dead by now with the 1-4 inch an hour down pours common here. Fact is I used to drive my C6Z06 on drag radials in the same weather as well. Slow down and manage the go pedal. Your not going to be doing 65mph in a heavy down pour. You could also slap some PS4ís on the car as they are good in the rain. Be smart and you will be fine.
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:47 PM   #9
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OEM tires, not recommended. Switched to PS4S and now I don't have to pretend I'm driving on ice. Also, run track mode PTM setting wet. If you run sport mode it does weird stuff and you will lose control. My car side stepped a lane in sport mode. PTM wet is amazing.

4S and wet setting sounds like the plan.


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Old 05-18-2019, 06:51 PM   #10
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I keep mine in Sport Mode most all the time and definitely with the traction control nannies on too even in the dry conditions. Like everyone has said the tires are the factor in the wet conditions. I have had mine step out a few times driving in the rain and I just slowed down more.
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:57 PM   #11
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Agree Exorcised with your reply!
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:01 PM   #12
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The wider the tire, the more the car has chances to hydroplane. The type of tire has a lot to do with it as well. I have a ZLE & picked her up in North Carolina and drove her back down to Florida on the interstate in some rain. Never had any issues. Car was running some PS4s though which are night & day difference
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:12 PM   #13
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I live in Florida and drive my ZLE daily to work on Toyo r888rís. If you read the forums I should be dead by now with the 1-4 inch an hour down pours common here. Fact is I used to drive my C6Z06 on drag radials in the same weather as well. Slow down and manage the go pedal. Your not going to be doing 65mph in a heavy down pour. You could also slap some PS4ís on the car as they are good in the rain. Be smart and you will be fine.


Didnít expect to be doing 65 in the rain, was just thinking canít even do 40 and not hydroplane. I will just switch out tires and keep the OEMs for the track.


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Old 05-18-2019, 07:16 PM   #14
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PS 4S, rain is not problem at sensible speeds. You try to throttle out, you will have bad day, so use your brain.
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