Marketer Becomes Tire Tester

After three-and-a-half years on the job, I finally got the call I was waiting for: a chance to be a Tire Rack tire tester! Along with other members of the Tire Rack marketing team, this was OUR opportunity to get behind the wheel of our test BMWs and develop our own opinions on tire performance and truly understand what it takes to get our findings out to...  Read More

Best Brake Pads for 2014? It Could Be Brembo's New Offering

All brake pads produce dust as they wear. However, there are some pad materials that create a less noticeable dust and don't make your wheels look like they're covered in tar. A newer form of friction material, called ceramic composite, creates a light-colored dust that's much less noticeable and is less likely to stick to your wheels. Ceramic pads are...  Read More

Upgrade Your Vehicle's Performance with Brembo Brakes

Brembo is the brake component manufacturer many race teams, enthusiasts and daily drivers depend on to give their vehicle the increased braking performance they demand. To Brembo, racing is the most advanced experimental laboratory for assessing the success of its products. Teams equipped with Brembo brakes have won hundreds of automobile and motorcycle...  Read More

What Are the Best Brake Rotors for My Car?

When choosing a new rotor, the fist question should be: "Are you happy with the current stopping power of your vehicle or would you like to increase the braking performance?"  Tire Rack offers many rotors which will be direct Original Equipment replacement rotors, like the Centric Plain 120 Series and Brembo Replacement Rotor. These rotors maintain the...  Read More

Picking the Best SUV, Crossover and Truck Brake Pads

If you're looking for a premium set of replacement brake pads for your light truck or SUV, then take a look at the Hawk LTS Truck/SUV Pads. Having used them on my own vehicles with good results, I recommend them to family, friends, neighbors and customers. Key Features & Benefits of Hawk Performance LTS Brake Pads: Improved braking over standard replacement...  Read More

What is the Best Brake Rotor for Your Vehicle?

Choosing the proper brake rotor is determined by the vehicle you drive and how you drive it. The majority of vehicles produced will have solid vented rotors. However, some high-performance vehicles like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are built with slotted or cross-drilled rotors, which are also vented.   If you were happy with your stock rotor's performance...  Read More

Looking for BMW Brake Pads?

Many BMW owners have a love-hate relationship with their factory brake pads. The factory pads provide excellent modulation and stopping power, but they produce a lot of dust. The black, metallic dust quickly coats your wheels, and if you don't clean them regularly it can damage the finish of your nice alloy wheels. When brake pads wear down, we often...  Read More

A New Player for Your Crossover/SUV

Pirelli recently unveiled its new addition to the Crossover/SUV category with the Scorpion Verde All Season. This new offering is built for lighter weight SUVs like the Audi Q5, the BMW X3 or X5, and of course, our test vehicle, the Porsche Cayenne.During the road ride for the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season, I noticed right away something that...  Read More

The Lowdown on Low Rolling Resistance

With the advent of new green propulsion technologies for cars, light trucks, and SUVs, it is only natural that tire manufacturing companies would take an interest in developing more fuel-efficient tires. Market demand for such tires will only continue to increase as the fleet of hybrid, electric, and diesel-powered vehicles grows and becomes more and...  Read More

Cryogenically treated brake rotors?

Like many other drivers, are you looking for long lasting, warp-resistant brake rotors? Look no further than Power Alloy Cryo-Treated Rotors by Power Slot! Whether you drive a BMW, Audi, Porsche or even a sport truck or performance SUV, you can experience the benefits of cryo-treated rotors. What is cryogenic treatment?  Deep cryogenic treatment is a...  Read More

You have to watch out for more than just the other drivers on the track.

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tires. Check. Hawk Blue 9012 Track Only Brake Pads. Check. Forged Racing Wheels. Check.A day booked at the track. Ahhhhhhhh. Bliss. The smell of hot brakes, tires and engines. Old, bald men going through their midlife crises and standing around their new Porsches and BMWs comparing the size of their tires and scratching their...  Read More

Ate brake pads and rotors for high quality replacement brakes.

Looking to upgrade from conventional brake pads?  The Ate (Ah-Tay) brand has been developed by the Continental Teves' group which is responsible for many outstanding original equipment braking and stability control systems. Among these OE applications are the BMW 3-series and Mini Cooper.   The pads incorporate vehicle specific formulations which provide...  Read More

Looking for a lighter and more durable race battery?

Let us assume you have already changed to the perfect Michelin tire. The Brakes have already been updated to HAWK pads. What's next?Braille Batteries are some of the most durable, versatile and light batteries on the market for your racer or weekend warrior! Have a New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and looking to save some weight somewhere? Braille could be...  Read More

What Speeds Up Must Slow Down, Don't Forget the Brakes

Don't overlook your brake system when upgrading your vehicle with performance parts. Tire Rack has a number of brake pads and brake rotors available to fit the needs of your driving style. If you prefer replacement brake pads similar to the Original Equipment pads or something with a little more performance or event track pads, Tire Rack has them available...  Read More

Brake Squeak!

Are you having issues with your brakes squeaking? Is it time for a replacement or are they fairly new?Let's start with the possibility that they need to be replaced. Often the manufacturer of your brake pad will add metal clips that cause squealing or squeaking to occur when the pads are worn. If this seems to be the case, time for new brakes. Here is a...  Read More

Why ask Henry about tires?

Hi! I have worked at Tire Rack for over 13 years. Part of my job is to test the tires we sell on both the highway and on our test track where I push the tires to their limits in both dry and wet conditions. I test all kinds of tires from Standard Touring All-Season tires, High Performance All-Season tires to Extreme Performance Summer tires. Some of my...  Read More

Ready for warm weather? Check out our selection of M3 tires and wheels.

For some of us, the sun has been shining a lot more frequently. For others, temperatures are just about worthy of a top-down drive. That means it's high time you drive away in a new set of M3 tires and wheels. Tire Rack has a pretty vast selection to choose from, so we'll start you off with a recommendation: Michelin Pilot tires and Breyton wheels. The Pilot...  Read More

HAWK HPS Brake pads

Are you looking for more initial bite and grab with your brake pads? Do you always buy the best in tires like Michelin, Bridgestone, or Continental? The Hawk HPS pad is the pad for you!  From a heavier vehicle to a sporty compact, the Hawk HPS pads are some of the best pads money can buy. Best-in-class stopping power, initial bite, and livable road manners!...  Read More

BMW Wheels and More

Pretty cars need pretty wheels. Or, to take it from another perspective—high performance vehicles benefit from aftermarket wheels to enhance tire performance and handling. But still, they do make a car look really good. The 2009 135i Coupe below features 18" O.Z. Racing Allegerita HLT wheels in an anthracite finish. The following BMW wheels will look just...  Read More

Brembo Brake Pads

In 1961, Brembo took the brake market with their knack for design, development and production. To this day, they lead the industry with racing and aftermarket brake components and systems—which is why Brembo brakes appear as Original Equipment components on some of the world's finest passenger cars from the likes of BMW, Porsche, Ferrari and more.In...  Read More