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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier R7

Just finished running my first set of R7s on the front of my BMW 135 race car at Putnam park. First, grip levels are excellent (at least as good as the R6). Second, the new tread pattern minimizes tire deformation under extreme track conditions (they wore perfectly flat across the tire). Third, one set lasted an entire 3-day track weekend. Typically I'll use...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Highly spirited driver here, with racing experience (Raced on Hoosier (#1), Toyo RA-1, Goodyear RS, Kumho V710). Came close to beating Wayne Leuthold at Mid Ohio. First set of Michelin tires for me. Awesome all around every day tire. So far tread wear is great. Very predictable, doesn't have the turn in feel I was expecting and you can feel the sidewalls...  Read More

The Continental ContiForceContact Now Available in United States

This year, we've added another Streetable Track & Competition tire to our line-up and are pleased to introduce the Continental ContiForceContact. Designed to compete with popular tires such as the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup and Toyo Proxes R888, the ContiForceContact (80 treadwear) has a compound that's soft enough to be competitive in a track environment,...  Read More

How to Choose the Correct Track Tires

Are you heading to your first driving school or lapping day? Or are you already a track veteran who's looking to go even faster? Whenever you go to the track, having the right set of tires is essential to going fast, being safe and having fun. What type of tires do you need to bring for a track event? Depends on the type of event, the expected conditions and...  Read More

The New Hoosier A7 Versus the Hoosier A6

For many years, drivers looking for race-winning performance in an autocross tire turned to the Hoosier A6. Not only are Hoosier race tires high quality, competitive products, they're made right here in Indiana. Building on the success of the Hoosier A6 is the all-new A7.   Hoosier's A7 is a DOT-legal slick tread design with alternating five-dash...  Read More

Introducing the New Hoosier A7

Hoosier has long been the gold standard when looking for the best racetrack and autocross tires. This season they have launched the new DOT A7 Radial. The tire replaces the widely popular Hoosier A6 and aims to set the bar even higher. DOT A7 Radials are Racetrack & Autocross Only tires developed for drivers who compete in autocross, time trial...  Read More

Hoosier Tires Made in Indiana!

If you're looking for race-winning performance in an autocross or road race tire, look no further than Hoosier Racing tires! Not only are Hoosier tires of outstanding quality, they're made right here in Indiana. Hoosier A6 Hoosier R6 Manufactured in Plymouth, Indiana, Hoosier's tires are popular for competition use in: Autocross Road Racing High Performance...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Use these as my street tires, in 255/35R19 front and 275/30R19 rear, mounted on a set of Volk TE37SL wheels (19x9.5 & 19x11) on my extensively modified M3. For reference, track tires are usually PS Cups, or Nitto/Hoosier R-comps.First off, these are the ONLY Street Tires I have run on this car that aren't immediately overpowered by the brakes, which...  Read More

Which Competition Tires Suit Your Needs Best?

Many are already thinking about the 2014 track season and some of those that live in warm climates are still racing. Wherever you may reside, choosing a competition tire can be overwhelming, especially for the beginner. Racetrack & Autocross Only Majority of tires in this class feature a slick type design that offers the top in dry traction, steering response,...  Read More

Hoosier A6 vs. R6: Which to Choose?

The Hoosier A6 and R6 are two of the most successful DOT-legal racing tires in recent years. A6 and R6 tires look identical, but are designed for different types of competition. How do you know which is best for your vehicle? The Hoosier A6 was developed with autocross competition in mind. It uses a softer compound for maximum grip and comes up to...  Read More

Hoosier Race Tires - Do I Need the A6 or R6 Compound?

Here at Tire Rack, we are lucky to be within a short distance of one of the best race tire manufacturers in the country: Hoosier Racing Tire. It all began in the early 1950s when Robert Newton raced on small asphalt tracks around northern Indiana. Bob, was not satisfied with driving on street tires, so he decided to produce tires specifically designed for...  Read More

Best Tires for Roadrace and Autocross Events

With spring here, many drivers are getting ready to purchase tires for roadrace or autocross use.   For those who want tires they'll use mostly on the street, but want to do some racing, the Extreme Performance Summer category offers some good options. Tires in this performance category won't give you the fastest lap times compared to competition tires,...  Read More

Differences Between BFGoodrich's g-Force R1 and g-Force R1 S

As the spring season gets underway and customers begin to shop for race tires, I have taken a few calls concerning the differences between BFGoodrich's Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only offerings, the g-Force R1 and g-Force R1 S. The BFGoodrich g-Force R1 is the tire most suited for extended road course use. It features a more durable compound designed for...  Read More

Search Race Tires by Size Quickly and Easily

Depending on where you live, race season will soon be upon us or is now in full swing for many SCCA racers and other racing organizations. We carry a variety of street legal race tires from Hoosier, BFGoodrich, Michelin, Kumho, Hankook and Toyo. If you know Hoosier is the brand for you, take a look at "Hoosier A6 and R6 Race Tires." While Tire Rack...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

This tire is hands down the best bang for your buck of any summer performance street tire. The dry and wet grip are outstanding. It has very respectable amount of feedback and is more comfortable than it has any right to be considering how much grip it offers. It has a ridiculous amount of grip for a street tire at nearly all temps. Even down below freezing...  Read More

Race Tires Versus Extreme Performance Summer Tires

I recently had a customer inquire about whether he should use R-compound Track & Competition DOT tires or if the tires in our Extreme Performance Summer category would be more appropriate. His email question is listed below: "Gary, I'm looking for tires for my BMW 335i that I can take to a non-competitive performance driving school to learn track...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

First off, I've found this tire to be louder than most... but, this is on a sports car, so I don't really care.For many years I've used the Michelin PS2s, and been very happy with them. I decided to go with the Dunlops based on a few recomendations and their slightly cheaper price. I don't usually track this car, because I have a race car with Hoosier R6s,...  Read More

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