How We Evaluate Tires on the Test Track

If you've ever researched tires online, you've probably come across one of our tests. Have you ever wondered exactly how we do it? What our test course looks like? Here are some of the highlights and a video that show you exactly how a typical test lap goes. A few of the key aspects include:  Identical vehicles Three to four different tires per test Over 800...  Read More

I Have an Audi with Quattro, Do I Still Need Winter Tires?

Often our sales team is asked if a driver should still purchase a set of winter tires even if they have the all-wheel drive Audi with the Quatrro system. The answer is a resounding yes. There is no question the Quattro system will distribute the power to the tires in such a way as to maximize traction during acceleration. What about stopping and turning? The...  Read More

All Hail the King: Bridgestone's Blizzak DM-V2 Impresses on the Ice

With a four-wheel drive truck or SUV, you have a notable advantage accelerating in slippery conditions when compared to most passenger cars. However, even the most capable all-wheel drive vehicles shod with all-season tires will find difficulty compared to two-wheel drive passenger vehicles equipped with dedicated winter / snow tires. If you want the absolute...  Read More

First Impressions of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2

Bridgestone has historically lead the way in winter condition traction. The more Mother Nature expresses her fury, the happier Bridgestone's winter tires seem to be. In the crossover, sport utility and small truck markets, the Blizzak DM-V1 has been the go-to tire. This fall brings us the all-new Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2.   We took our SUV test vehicles...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus

I am writing this review as I'm purchasing my second set of P Neros from Tire Rack. First of all, there should be a category above Spirited for the type of driver I am. To make matters worse for my tires, I live in the Appalachian mountains so curvy roads with inconsistent pavement mean my tires don't last long. The hard cornering & braking that mountain...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

This is my first set on winter tires and I have now driven these during two significant snow events in Wisconsin. The difference in traction, braking distance, and just the general sense of driving confidence they give you is nothing short of astonishing. Putting these on has made my car's ABS and VSC systems incredibly more effective - in the absence of...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

I have a love/hate relationship with the Ecopia tires by Bridgestone. I like the Eco-friendliness factor and overall ride comfort, but I certainly dislike the tire's lack of ability in snow and ice conditions. These tires have virtually no grip on ice and and snow. Just the other day, I was traveling at about 25-30 miles per hour on a light-medium snowpacked...  Read More

How to Prepare for Your First Track Session in Four Simple Steps

Today is a great day to be an automotive enthusiast. Perhaps more than ever before, road courses across the country are opening their gates to any and all drivers looking to experience the thrill of driving on a track. Combine this level of access with the increased performance of today's vehicles and it's possible to have more fun than ever before for less...  Read More

Conquer the Snow with Your Jeep Grand Cherokee

About twelve years ago, our SUV-test fleet consisted of 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokees. Since then, we've had sportier SUVs like the Touareg and Cayenne. However, there's a part of me that misses the Grand Cherokee. There is something about sitting in a Jeep that makes you feel like you're unbounded and that you can travel anywhere. And apparently, there are many...  Read More

Tire Pressure Monitor Systems

Recently, there's been a push for consumers to better understand their vehicles both for safety and efficiency. We now have oil life monitors, tire rotation reminders, monitors that will tell us if we have a light bulb out and since the mandate was introduced in 2007 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Tire Pressure Monitor Systems...  Read More

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season vs. Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Many customers call in asking what's the difference between the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season and Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. The tread pattern is the same. They are both all-season tires. They are usually offered in the same speed ratings. So, what makes the "Plus" a distinct model? Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus The...  Read More

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

O.Z. Racing Tuner System Wheels

Spring is here and what better time than now to outfit your vehicle with a set of O.Z. Racing Tuner System wheels. In 2006, Tire Rack became the North American distributor for O.Z. Racing wheels. This partnership includes O.Z. Racing's prestigious, custom 3-piece wheel program -- O.Z. Racing Tuner System. This program helps expand fitment limitations...  Read More

Looking for Lightweight Track Wheels at a Great Price? The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is Your Answer

Autocross and track season are quickly approaching and many racers have already begun to plan for upcoming races and events. As most enthusiasts know, switching out your vehicle's heavy, factory steel or alloy wheels is one of the easiest performance upgrades to your track vehicle. By switching to a lighter weight wheel, your car will instantly feel quicker...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

These tires are excellent for winter-rated rubber on dry and wet roads, with progressive and predictable traction loss as you approach their limit while cornering. They are plenty capable of propelling my Subaru Legacy 2.5GT through over a foot of snow, although they are obviously aided by the AWD system's viscous limited slip differentials in this task. At...  Read More

What Makes Your Track Car Stop?

Race season is near and you've bought a fresh set of competition tires, lightweight wheels and sport suspension, but what about your braking system? Hawk Performance offers a wide selection of performance friction material for your autocross or road race car. Take a look at the following options from Hawk and see if one is right for your vehicle.  HP Plus...  Read More

Free Shipping at Tire Rack on Parts and Accessories Orders Over $50

Starting this week, we've made some changes in regards to the way we handle our shipping charges. Free shipping is now offered on all products in the parts and accessories categories (shown below). Eligible products purchased must total $50 or more (not including taxes) to qualify for free shipping. Accessory items that qualify for free shipping include: Brakes...  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

Why You Need Winter / Snow Tires

Many people are not convinced of the advantages of winter / snow tires. With traction control, ABS, stability systems and all-wheel drive systems, some drivers think those are enough to get by when weather turns bad. There's no arguing that all of these help the driver, however none of them increase the amount of available traction. Anti-Lock BrakesAnti-lock...  Read More

Are All-Season Tires Enough for Winter Driving If I Have Front-Wheel Drive?

As front-wheel drive cars were first marketed to the United States, one of the major selling points from the manufacturers was that traction would be enhanced by having the weight of the engine over the drive axle (especially in snow). With this in mind, many drivers feel that all-season tires on a FWD vehicle is all you need this winter. To put this...  Read More