E46 M3 Track Tires and Wheels

The E46 M3 is great for high-speed cruising and awesome for the track. If you're doing lapping days once a year just make sure your tires and brakes are in good shape. If you're heading to the track every weekend then fix the car's understeer by upgrading your wheels and tires and getting a "track" alignment.   Wheels: Running wider wheels and tires of the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta ASX

Pretty hard on tires here. Had the second worst winter in 25 years this past winter. Could be the car's power or the tire but I had almost NO traction in any snow conditions. I respond to the firehouse when weather is at it's worst, and I will never buy these again. never really pushed the car in wet traction but they almost always spin with even alittle bit...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S001

In Italy only S001 is available and not S04PP. My car has and ECU mapping and a TarOx B33 10 pots calipers and 335mm discs system on front and 315mm discs on rear. With Carbon Lorraine RC8 pads on front and RC6 on rear. With such a braking setup and 175Bhp under the bonnet with loads of torque, it is easy to detect tires' performances on such a light car....  Read More

Summer Road Trip? Use This Maintenance Checklist.

Before setting off on your summer adventures, take some time to check your car over to ensure everything is in good running condition. A little bit of time spent in advance can save a lot of time and trouble on the road. The following is a good basic checklist to help get your vehicle prepared to take you wherever you want to go: Brakes - Since many traction...  Read More

Performance Pads: Which Compound is Best for You?

Frequently, I receive calls from customers looking for the best brake pads for their vehicle. With a large assortment of products for driving and race enthusiasts, we have many braking components that are right for you.Hawk Performance brake pads are manufactured using the most sophisticated manufacturing process available. Recognized as an ISO 9001...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

These tires transformed my grocery-getter tC into a worthy track machine. I drove my car to the limits on the tires that came on it, which were Goodyear Eagle RSA. Those are All-Season tires and they showed it in their grip levels. I canyon my car regularly to get to places around town, and the immediate improvement with these tires was staggering. My car...  Read More

Need the Best Braking Power for Autocross or Lapping Days? Consider Dedicated Track Only Brake Pads.

Upgrading a vehicle's braking system is one of the easiest ways to increase driving performance and decrease lap times for any track event. The most common mindset a driver has is: "I need to make my track car go faster," but top-speed or acceleration is only half of the battle. Just because a track car is the fastest doesn't mean it'll finish first.     The...  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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

90% of my mileage on this tire is on track, the balance is going to and from the track. I'm really impressed with the grip and predictability of the tire. I've got Michelin tires on my street wheels and as soon as I swap wheels for the track, the car is transformed into a corner fiend. I use a very aggressive brake pad for the track and the tires work like R...  Read More

Two Days at the Track with the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the Porsche Sport Driving School in Birmingham, Alabama and push the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 to its limits and beyond.  The school prides itself on using cars and SUVs that are not modified in any way from the versions on the showroom floor which includes: stock brake pads, calipers, suspension and the Porsche N-s...  Read More

Seeing Red

After putting a nice Tire & Wheel Package on my son's car, we noticed that we could see a lot more of the brake caliper than we could with the old wheels. We had previously upgraded the brake system with good looking and great functioning Ate PremiumOne Slotted Rotors and Goodridge Stainless Steel brake hose, but the brake calipers looked dull, faded and...  Read More

Choosing the Best Brake Rotors for Your Vehicle

Selecting the best brake rotors for your vehicle can be more difficult than you think. This is especially true if you have a specialty application for track use, heavy towing or face challenging road conditions such as steep hills.Essentially, your brakes transfer motion into heat, sound and sometimes light. This energy transfer allows the car to slow...  Read More

Super Tire: Michelin Pilot Super Sport

I recently had the opportunity to test the new Michelin Pilot Super Sport on our test track and on the road. The Pilot Super Sport is Michelin's newest Max Performance Summer tire; however after the test drive, I can tell you this tire is definitely going to push the limits of the category. Developed for the world's most sophisticated performance vehicles...  Read More

Choosing the Right Brake Pads

With all the talk about horsepower, torque, 0-60 times and top speed, what often gets overlooked is the performance of a vehicle's braking system. Let's face it, how important is 600 bhp and a 0-60 in 2.9 seconds if your car takes a country mile to stop? This may be obvious to some, but ask yourself when was the last time you saw a commercial for a car or...  Read More

Day Brake

What do a Sumo wrestler, a high-speed train and a sunrise have in common with brake pads? On initial examination not a lot but read on. In Japanese, Akebono means dawning, such as daybreak or sunrise.Akebono ceramic brake padsare some of the finest made in the world. With more than 75 years of brake design and production expertise, Akebono provides...  Read More

Say "Ah-Tay" for Brake Rotors

As soon as you see ATE PremiumOne® Rotors, you know they’re different. A distinctive set of elliptical grooves have been machined into the rotor face. A satin silver coating covers the entire rotor. The patented RotorLife® Elliptical Groove Wear Indicator and MetaCote® protective coating deliver performance and convenience unequalled in other rotor lines. Th...  Read More

Big Brake Kits at Tire Rack

Brembo Big Brake Kits upgrade the look and performance of your vehicle's braking system. The brake systems combine fixed 4-piston aluminum calipers and high performance brake pads, with 1- and 2- piece vented discs and Goodridge® steel braided brake lines. These race inspired Brembo Big Brake kits are designed to offer superior stopping power for drivers...  Read More

Turning Rotors. Should I or Shouldn't I?

As spring nears, many drivers wonder if they should replace their rotors, or simply turn them? To address this question, there are a few basics to consider. Technically speaking your brakes are an energy transfer device. They take the force of your vehicle and absorb it into the braking system, causing heat from the friction. The bigger the "heat sync" or ...  Read More

Stop Easier with Hawk Disc Brake Pads

Not stopping as well as you would like? Hawk Performance Brakes has a brake pad to help improve your braking performance. Hawk makes disc brake pads for sedans, SUVs, light trucks and sports cars. Let's take a look and see which of the Hawk brakes may work best for you.HPS Street Brake PadsDesigned for high speed driving or repetitive heavy...  Read More

Hawk Brake Pads for Your Honda Civic

Hawk Performance offers several performance levels of brake pads for Honda Civics. If you are a casual driver and do not push your car to its limits then you should take a strong look at the Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pad.This pad will offer improved stopping power over the factory brake pads and since they are ceramic they will not produce any dark brake...  Read More