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

New Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R vs Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A

Bridgestone is a leader in the area of research and development in the tire industry. It's no wonder that their Potenza RE-11, and its successor, the Potenza RE-11A have been top-rated Extreme Performance Summer tires since their initial releases. If you aren't familiar with this category of tires, take a look at "What are Extreme Performance Summer...  Read More

Bridgestone DriveGuard Run-Flat: Not Just for BMW and MINI

Traditionally, run-flat tires have been used mainly for limited vehicle types as specified by certain manufacturers for Original Equipment use. Prime examples of this is are BMW 3 Series vehicles since the mid-2000s, the new MINI Cooper and all fifth-generation and newer Chevrolet Corvettes. These vehicles once represented a small portion of the market that...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup ZP

My car is actually a 427 convertible, but the 'list' doesn't provide that as an option. Think of it as a steel-framed Z06 convertible, or a Grand Sport with the Z06 driveline, take your pick.I bought these exclusively for autocross. For some reason the 427s came with the ZR1 tire size (285/30-19 front, 335/25-20 rear), which I think is rather insane for a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

I put the Continental Extreme Contact DW's on my 1993 corvette. These were the top-rated tire by TR and your competitors. These new tires replaced the original Goodyear GS-C run flats that came with the car (yes, the car's factory set of tires). I am the 2nd owner of the vette and the car only had 33,000 miles on it. The Goodyears road like bricks with every...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

I rated driving style as average as my teenage son drives the car primarily. We did attend Street Survival when only had about 500 miles on these and the car handled remarkably well. Last couple of autocross runs, my son (driving only about 2 months at the time) 'hand timed' laps were only about 1 second slower than some of the Instructors hopped up cars.Othe...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

I am a longtime Blizzak owner. The first set I owned was in 1998 for my Mazda Protege. It's amazing how Bridgestone continues to improve what I regard as the best winter season tire available. I've used DM1V's on my trucks and WS on my cars and crossovers for nearly two decades. They generally last 3 seasons before the multicell compound is broken down and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

RWD IS350..drove through a winter storm today and the car handled itself very well! much better in every aspect than the OEM bridgestones. side walls are soft so that takes a bit away from steering feel but other than that theyre first rate! theyre lighter than the competition.. benefit is less unsprung weight. traction in rain I would say is this tires...  Read More

Introducing the New Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R

The Extreme Performance Summer tire market is an incredibly competitive category where manufacturers must stay on the top of their game in order to win the purchase of the consumer. Perhaps more so than in any other performance category, customers selecting from this field understand the value of a tenth of a second. As of March 1, 2015, Bridgestone has...  Read More

Michelin Premier A/S vs. Defender: Choose Your Destiny

With Michelin being the producer of some of the world's best tires, it's no wonder they have become a household name. Most people have heard of Michelin's Pilot and Primacy families of tires, but now that they've started getting rid of the Primacy tires and bringing out new lines, people are wondering what to choose. The two most recent additions to...  Read More

The Best All-Terrain Tires for On-Road Use

Maybe you like the look of an all-terrain tire, or perhaps you may be looking for a tire with a bit more biting edge than a traditional Highway All-Season, or you might even be a driver that explores light off-road use with your truck or SUV. If you fit any one of these examples, you represent a huge portion off the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire market. While...  Read More

Coming Soon: Bridgestone RE-71R Extreme Performance Summer Tire

The Extreme Performance Summer tire category has become increasingly competitive in recent years. Bridgestone's Potenza RE-11 has been one of the most popular and well-reviewed tires, but they can't afford to rest on their laurels. The Potenza RE-11A provided a refresh in select sizes to enhance their competitiveness against their newest rivals. And while...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta XS

I am using these tires in sizes 275/35WR18 in the rear and 245/40WR18 in the front, on the BMW OEM 18-inch rims. They are wider than the stock tires and, in fact, they are the widest tires that will fit on the OEM rims. My M3 has several modifications, including Dinan Stage-III suspensions and "CSL" competition brakes.After 3000 miles the tires are not very...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

I love having performance tires on my economy car! Never thought that I would ever buy Korean tires. I found these here on Tire Rack, saw the great reviews and decided to take a chance. I'm a fairly aggressive enthusiast but this MkV Jetta is basically my station car. These tires are sooo much better than the stock Contis. I believe that they are lighter in...  Read More

Continental TrueContact: A Competitive High Mileage Option

The Standard Touring All-Season tire market is a competitive place filled with multiple options from many reputable manufacturers. Traditionally featuring speed ratings of S and T, the goal of a Standard Touring All-Season tire is not to provide the most crisp handling or on-center feel, but rather to provide good all-season traction, a quiet and...  Read More