Looking for the Best Autocross Tires?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Choosing the best tire is one of the most important factors of a successful autocross season. Racers spend lots of time and energy in extracting every ounce of horsepower and torque from their engine, and sometimes forget that all of this power is useless unless it can be effectively transferred to the track. There are four small patches of rubber that play the most important role in determining your vehicle's level of performance.  
 

There are two distinct groups of autocross tires. The first group is made up of dedicated track tires that are DOT approved, but are never intended for street use. Drivers using these tires want maximum dry grip and will have separate wheels to install at the track. I believe the best tires in the Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only category are the Hoosier A6, Hankook Ventus Z214 and Kumho Ecsta V710.
 

Hoosier A6
Hoosier A6
Hankook Ventus Z214
Hankook Ventus Z214
Kumho Ecsta V710
Kumho Ecsta V710

 

The second group of tires is for the autocrosser who's willing to sacrifice some dry grip in order to have a tire they can drive to and from the track. In the Extreme Performance Summer category I like the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11, Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec and Hankook Ventus R-S3.

 

Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
Bridgestone Potenza
RE-11
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec
Hanook Ventus R-S3
Hankook Ventus
R-S3

 

I think these tires are the best choices in each group because of their dry traction and steering response are some the highest rated by customers who have used the tires. Unlike shopping for any other tire, these are the two most important attributes to an autocross tire. Anything else like ride comfort or road noise is ancillary to your autocross needs.
 

Whether you're looking for Hoosier tires for sale, Hankook reviews or to buy Dunlop tires, our website offers you everything you need to have the best autocross season!

Comments on Looking for the Best Autocross Tires?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Boris:
Hello i have an 2002 acura rsx type s i need rims and rubber for auto crossing i would like to go a bit wider if possible?
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Zig :
On your stock 16X6.5 wheel you can do the optional 225/50R16. This should be about 0.787" wider than your stock tire size.
Monday, June 2, 2014 by Aaron:
How are the road noise on the second group of tires listed? i have ironman imove tires on my car now and they are the absolute worst thing ive ever driven on so anything quieter will be nice. also, are these still the tires you would recommend for 2014?
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by Zig:
These are all tires with an emphasis on grip and handling so road noise really takes a backseat to the performance of the tire. If you track the vehicle I guess the quietest of that bunch would be the Bridgestone RE-11. If you don’t track your vehicle or driver spiritedly I would recommend looking in the max performance line of tires for much lower road noise. You can find those here:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/surveydisplay.jsp?type=MP&affiliate=WC3

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