Toyo Proxes R888: The Newest Race Compound Offering from Tire Rack

In recent years, performance street tires have come a long way. The amount of performance that can be had from new age Extreme Performance Summertires has lead to rapid growth in competition classes that mandate street tires with a UTQG treadwear of above 140. These tires, which can be driven on the street, allow drivers to commute to their local autocross...  Read More

Wheel and Tire Fitments for Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S Now Available

Since the release of the Subaru BRZ and its twin the Scion FR-S, we have been able to get both vehicles to Tire Rack's headquarters for measurements. First indication is that these very capable cars have been very "under tired" from the factory. Despite its excellent poise and impressive skidpad numbers, the BR-Z and FR-S are shod with a narrow...  Read More

A 2012 Street Tire Auto-X Favorite: Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Although the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec's name is a bit taxing, its popularity and test results have been quite clear. As one of the top Extreme Performance Summer tires, the Z1 Star Spec has been a hit among drivers looking to be competitive in street tire racing classes which demand a treadwear of 140 or higher.It seems that the creation of a new...  Read More

Win, Place or Show with Toyo Motorsports Tires

The first Saturday in May is no ordinary Saturday, especially if you like speed. This day means horses galloping down the stretch at Churchill Downs and even more horsepower on our skidpad. In Louisville, the Race for the Triple Crown begins with the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby. In South Bend, we start the 29th edition of the Tire Rack One Lap...  Read More

UTQG Treadwear Numbers: What Do They Mean?

Often, I receive calls about a tire's life and the tire's relationship to its assigned UTQGtreadwear indicator. UTQG numbers are assigned to indicate a tires overall level of performance and tread hardness. These numbers beginning at 0 for race products and traveling north of 800 for some of the longest lasting all-season tires, are nothing more than a...  Read More

Hoosier A6 and R6 Race Tires

Not only do Hoosier's racing tires provide outstanding performance on the track, but they're also produced right here in Indiana. Experienced road racers and autocrossers who get great performance from this Midwest tire company will tell you to look no further than Hoosier for your race tire needs.Hoosier's racing tires are popular for competition use in...  Read More

Hoosier A6 or R6: Which Tire is Best for my Needs?

Hoosier A6 and R6 Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only tires have proven themselves to be at the pinnacle of racing performance, but many autocross drivers don't know which one best suits their needs. There are some overlapping qualities between the two, however these tires are purpose-built for two different functions.   Hoosier A6 tires are intended to be used...  Read More

Toyo Motorsports Tires Now Available at Tire Rack

Recently, we announced our new relationship with Toyo. Although we have carried Toyo tires in the past, fitments had been limited to those that came Original Equipment on select newer vehicles.    Adding Toyo's line-up of tires will strengthen our already wide selection of competition-based tires and allow customers to select from popular intermediate...  Read More

Want the Best Traction and Longer Treadlife from Competition Tires? Heat Cycling Delivers

The first run of a competition tire'slife is the most important. If we look at tire construction from a microscopic level the tire is made up of many weak and strong molecular bonds. During any run a tire will stretch and flex which breaks the weaker bonds and generates heat. However, if you take your new tires that have never been driven on to the track and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT

This is the OEM summer tire on the 2012 Nissan GT-R. Daily driven, these are fantastic in the dry and light rain. With half-tread left, they like to hydroplane in standing water. I used these tires to place 7th in the 2011 Spectre 341, better than many people with modified cars and Hoosier A6/R6 race rubber. They are great, if not a little expensive.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus Z214

Been R6 fan but they are very sensitive to alignment (uneven wear). Just came back from VIR event and have all good things to say about this tire (C51). Takes a couple laps to warm up when stone cold but no different than R6's. In terms of grip, unless back to back, wouldn't be able to tell difference between these and Hoosiers. Seems to be more tolerant of...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus Z214

These are racing tires. I used them on my IT-C Renault at Mid Ohio two weeks ago and won all three races and set a new track record by over half a second!Their wear seems better than the Hoosiers that I have been using and the price is much better. They are a little heavier than the Hoosier, but not too bad for my class. The pressures and setup are the same.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier Radial Wet H2O

My 2006 Mazda MX-5 (3rd generation Miata) is prepped for C Street Prepared class autocross competition, where I compete against the smaller & much lighter 1st and 2nd gen Miatas. My drivetrain/suspension mods include AST 5220 coilovers, Hyperco springs, Hotchkis RX-8 front swaybar (no rear bar), full polyurethane bushings, and Mazdaspeed LSD. The engine is...  Read More

Project STR races in C Street Prepared at the Solo Nationals

 Following the fun of our R-compound tire test, we thought it would be an interesting experiment to run the car in the C Street Prepared class at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Championship event in Lincoln, Nebraska. Since our regular drivers can’t compete in more than one class we drafted GRM’s newest editor and long-time Miata owner Alan Cesar to make his first...  Read More

At the Track with Hoosier Tires

The A6 Radial from Hoosier is a Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only tire developed for drivers who compete in autocross, time trial and hillclimb events in dry conditions where responsiveness and high levels of grip are desirable. This particular Hoosier tire begins with a tread depth of 4.5/32" and does not require shaving for competition. However, it will...  Read More

New 18" Lightweight Rear Wheels for the C6 Z06

With summer time here, it's time to get your Corvette out and go! Of all the cool sport cars that we get to work with, the Corvette is among my favorites because so many Corvette drivers drive their cars daily. What's the point of having a great car if you're not going to drive it? For C6 Z06 drivers that drive on the street and the track, rear...  Read More

We tackle installing an aftermarket limited slip differential to help solve our wheelspin issues.

As we look through our comments in the log book, one that stands out is rear wheel spin as we try to accelerate to the next corner. We’ve worked on the KW coil-over suspension to try and increase rear end grip, and even tried different tires, settling on the Hankook Ventus R-S3. And while this has helped, at most event sites we can still slide the rear...  Read More

Tire Rack.com - More Than Just A Tire Website

Most race enthusiasts know if Hoosier tires are the right choice for their next competition. But what about the consumer who needs help comprehending tire speed ratings or how to make an informed purchase based on a tire comparison? Our website is filled with shopping tools that make your online experience as efficient and enjoyable as if you were talking...  Read More

Project STR Competes in 4 Events in 3 Weeks

It's been a busy few weeks for Project STR as the summer race season has finally made its way to the Midwest with three back-to-back weekends of competition. First up was an outing to the Tri-State Sports Car Club event at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL for a shake down on the installation of our new KW Clubsport suspension. Installation went well,...  Read More

Autocrossing with Bridgestone, Dunlop and Hoosier!

Here in the Midwest, the temps are rising, the sun is out and drivers are bringing out the toys. Lets go racing! Tires are what makes it all happen. All the power and suspension in the world is for naught if the tires don't deliver the goods. Tire Rack has test results and reviews on Extreme Performance and R-compound tires.Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Dunlop...  Read More