Cool Kit

GEAR YOU NEED, NOW

- Dylan Campbell

05 THING WE WANT

1 PETROLICIOUS CAP $50 petrolicious.com Wear this cap to remind everyone life’s too short to drive boring cars. It comes in navy (pictured) or light grey, made from cotton twill, with a fabric strap and in one size.

2 BMW LUGGAGE SET $24,000 bmw.com.au This ‘surf bag’ is part of a set of five luggage pieces that together fit perfectly in the boot of a new BMW 8 Series. Made in Italy by Montblanc, only 15 sets will be made. Price not a typo...

3 TOYOTA 86 DIFF COVERS $495 harrop.com.au Add some cool to your Toyota 86’s or Subaru BRZ’s rear differential with these covers that boast fins and increase oil capacity. CNC-made in Australia, they are available in five colours.

4 SUZUKA TEE $50 t-lab.eu This tee’s graphic is actually Japan’s famous Suzuka circuit. The figures above are more cryptic, abbreviating the words ‘super eight’ that nod to the track’s figure eight layout. Available small to extra large.

5 LEGO 911 RSR

$250 shop.lego.com This Porsche 911 RSR follows up Lego’s Bugatti Chiron and 911 GT3 RS in its Technic series. It’s made from ‘only’ 1580 pieces, yet has a working rear-diff and flat six, so will turn the uninitiated into brick geeks very easily.

4.0 STAR PRODUCT ROADTEST

PRODUCT: BRIDGESTONE POTENZA RE-71R

PRICE: $1640 (set of four; 235/35 R19)

WEBSITE: www.bridgestone.com.au

WHO WOULD HAVE thought, 20 years ago, that you could one day feasibly commute on a semi-slick? That is true of Bridgestone’s track-focused RE-71R, a tyre with satisfyingly more grip than your regular high performance tyre, but one not as temperature sensitive as track tyres of old - and one that works quite well in the wet, too. Yes, they’re noisier than regular tyres, and toward the limit they’re a bit binary - making them ‘exciting’ to drive fast on - and if touring is still your main thing, we say stick to something on the level of Bridgestone’s cheaper, quieter RE003 with less grip but more progression. But if you prefer track days - and have nowhere to put a second set of wheels and tyres - the RE-71Rs are a great compromise.

- Dylan Campbell