The All-New 2016 Mazda MX-5 Tested on Our Track

As a longtime owner of a first-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, I have been very excited about the upcoming 2016 model. The new 2016 MX-5 is often referred to by its production code "ND" in the automotive community as opposed to the previous generation 2006-2015 model's production code of "NC". The design of the new generation MX-5 has been impressing drivers...  Read More

Sumitomo HTR A/S P02: An Improved Low Cost Tire Option

For years we sold Sumitomo's HTR A/S P01 in massive quantities because it was one of the better priced tires and was available in a large number of sizes. While not the highest rated tire in the High Performance All-Season category, the tire performed well enough to satisfy consumers and make it competitive among other tires at a similar price point. This...  Read More

Is the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R the New Extreme Performance Summer Champ?

Do you love to drive? Do you have a fun car that comes out for track and autocross weekends or do you simply relish the curvy roads of your daily commute? You should consider the sticky grip and razor sharp steering response of an Extreme Performance Summer tire. Last year, the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec tested out to be the top performing tire in...  Read More

Introducing the Michelin Premier LTX

Last season Michelin introduced a new generation tire to the Grand Touring All-Season passenger car market. The new tire, named the Michelin Premier A/S has since risen to the top of our consumer driven surveys and performed well in our dry and wet track testing. Using rain grooves that expand as the tire wears, the Premier A/S is able to perform...  Read More

Track & Competition DOT Tires That Should Only Be Used on the Track

Are you looking for more grip than the sticky tire options covered here? Track & Competition DOT tires give you the highest level of grip, but their lighter carcasses, shallower tread depths and gummy compounds also make them too fragile for street use. Street use will also expose them to more heat cycles eventually causing severe drops in grip level. These...  Read More

Toyo Proxes R888: A Good Balance of Track Performance and Longevity

Today is a great day to be an automotive enthusiast. The performance available from today's vehicles is better than it has ever been before and there are large numbers of racetracks across the country opening their gates to the public for open lapping days. With more and more drivers on tracks, the demand for Extreme Performance Summer tires and dedicated...  Read More

The Best Tire Choice for Your Mazda 3

As far as options go in the compact car segment, the Mazda 3 offers a competitive package that is more visually pleasing than some of its rivals and is also a fairly pleasurable car to drive. While it certainly will not set any track records, the car has many strengths that make it a popular choice among consumers on the road today. Due to the high...  Read More

Sticky Tires for Your Fast Car: Tires You Can Drive on the Road and Take to the Track

Are you ready for autocrossing? Looking to do some lapping days at your local track? Participating in the Silver State Classic in September? Maximize your fun by picking the right tire for your car and the events you're going to run. There are essentially four types of sticky tires you should consider for your days at the track:   Extreme Performance Summer Str...  Read More

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3: A Year in Review

Launching last year with much anticipation was Michelin's latest entry to the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, the Pilot Sport A/S 3. Having secured a spot in our internal test last summer, we quickly found this tire to be extremely competitive in both the dry and wet. With the sharpest handling and best communication of the group, the tire...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy Saver A/S

Very pleased with the performance of these tires - far superior than the OEM Goodyear Infinity that only lasted 41,000 miles and got up to 48mpg at best with fair performance. With the Michelins at first got around 46-47 mpg, then as they wore in got closer to 50 mpg, with 52 being the best in ideal circumstances (summer, no A/C, etc). Ride is extremely...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

Feels very similar to the WS 70, if not slightly lower in performance? Have been running WS 70 for last 5 winters. The WS 80 feels like it has less grip at the limit (same with RE 11A for summer). Could be the set I have. Average 5000km per performance tire (20000km/set) winter or summer. If my next set of WS 80's are still feeling worse than WS 70's, I will...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

We had our first large accumulating snow in NW Ohio this past Sunday and the tire performed very well. When others were stuck in parking lots and drifts, I had no trouble plowing through to get to my destination. I feel confident on the highway and notice a big difference even when snows are light (ie 1-3 inches). These tires are very quiet, even at speeds...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

This tire is a revelation on my new MK7 Golf R. In simple terms the PSS allows the brilliant all wheel drive R to reach it's higher levels of driver engagement & is a pleasure to behold. I have done one track event using the PSS s well as a great deal of spirited backroads driving & the grip, feedback & confidence inspiring feel is well worth the price. In...  Read More

Kumho Ecsta 4X Replaced by New Ecsta 4X II

Many drivers haven't heard of Kumho tires even though they've been sold in the United States for over ten years. If you're shopping for a great value on a performance all-season tire and haven't researched Kumho tires because the brand name seems unfamiliar, you definitely need to reconsider.   Tires like the Ecsta 4X have proven that Kumho manufactures high...  Read More

Introducing the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

Continental continues to produce many of the Original Equipment tires for a large amount of vehicles in production today. However, they do much more than manufacture the ContiProContact that may have come equipped on your vehicle from the factory. They have several lines of performance and touring tires for cars, trucks and SUVs that are at a reasonable...  Read More

Kumho's Ecsta V720 is SCCA Eligible

SCCA rules require that tires used in stock classes be available in at least six sizes across four rim diameters by April 30th to be approved for competition. The Kumho Ecsta V720, which had very few sizes available when I wrote "Best Autocross Tires for 2015", made it just in time when Kumho delivered six sizes that span 15" through 18" rim diameters. Kumh...  Read More

Hawk High Performance Street 5.0 Brake Pads: The Update to an Icon

For many years, the Hawk HPS pad has been one of our best sellers. Known for its low dust levels, quiet operation and increased bite compared to most factory pads, the HPS deserves its praises. Much like we commonly see in the tire industry, even great products like the HPS must be revised from time to time to make sure they're still competitive in a fast...  Read More

Best Autocross Tires for 2015

We'll be running tests this summer as usual, but motorsport season is already getting underway. Here's a sneak peak at some of the best options available this year. BFGoodrich is introducing the g-Force Rival S, an autocross optimized version of the Rival. Though this tire is not yet widely available, it looks like a promising addition to the Extreme...  Read More

Introducing the BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

BFGoodrich is attempting to do to the Ultra High Performance All-Season market what they did to the Ultra High Performance Summer market with the g-Force Sport COMP-2. They used the same internal casing in the new g-Force COMP-2 A/S as they use in the Sport COMP-2 to make production volume move faster and keep a proven casing as the base for this tire. The...  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