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Federal Corp. introduced the 595 RS-R at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The D.O.T.-approved drifting tire features a semi-slick tread pattern and steel-belted sidewall reinforcement.

"You can use it for drifting or sport compact car and track racing,” said CEO Jamie Ma, who compares it to the Yokohama Advan Neova AD07.

Federal also launched competition tires targeting professional track racing events. The FZ101 and FZ201 are engineered for dry and wet surfaces, respectively. They directly challenge the Advan AD048.

Booth visitors also received a sneak peek at the 595 RPM, which will be introduced in the second half of 2008. It was designed for use on vehicles like the Mustang, Corvette, Porsche 997, Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo.

Solid outer shoulder blocks are designed for traction; inner siping is designed for optimum ride.

The asymmetric street competition tire will be available in sizes ranging from 18 through 23 inches, and will compete against the Pirelli PZero Rosso.

(For more information, see "Federal will show off new tires at SEMA Show," Oct. 23, 2007.)

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