E46 M3 Track Tires and Wheels

Monday, August 6, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

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 same size in the front and back in a square set-up will remove some of the car's inherent understeer. We offer a few 18x9.5 35mm offset wheels designed to work with 265/35R18 and 275/35R18 tires. 18x9.5 ET 35mm on either size will require a combination of fender and wheelwell modification, along with changes in negative camber to fit. Even with the changes, this is a proven E46 M3 set-up.

For this wheel size, take a look at the matte grey TR Motorsports MT1 and the O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT in anthracite painted finish. You can also special order the black, blue, gold, matte graphite silver, orange, red and white.

18x9.5 5-120 ET35 Matte Grey Painted TR Motorsports MT-1 $329**
18x9.5 5-120 ET35 Matte Grey TR Motorsports MT1
18x9.5 5-120 ET35 Anthracite Painted OZ Alleggerita $419**
18x9.5 5-120 ET35 Anthracite Painted O.Z. Racing Alleggerita


Non-Streetable Track Tires:

Are you installing a second set of wheels at the track? Then the ultimate grip from non-streetable track tires such as the BFGoodrich g-Force R1 available in both 265/35ZR18 and 275/35ZR18, 275/35ZR18 Hoosier R6 and 275/35ZR18 Hankook Ventus Z214 are great options to consider.

BF Goodrich G-Force R1 265/35-18 $289** & 275/35-18 $299**
BFGoodrich g-Force R1
275/35-18 Hoosier R6 $334**
Hoosier R6
275/35-18 Hankook Ventus Z214 (C51 Compound) $235**
Hankook Ventus Z214


Streetable Track Tires:

Will you be using the same set of tires at the track that you drove to the event on? The non-streetable tires mentioned earlier are easily damaged by road debris. A piece of wire the size of a paper clip can get picked up by the tire, work its way into the shallow tread, through the tire's lightweight plies and puncture the inner liner.

So if your track tires will be driven to the track, consider streetable race tires like the Toyo Proxes RA888 available in both 265/35ZR18 and 275/35ZR18. The 265/35ZR18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup or the 265/35ZR18 Toyo Proxes RA1 are also great options worth taking a look at.

Toyo Proxes R888 265/35-18 $300** & 275/35-18 $270**
Toyo Proxes R888
265/35-18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup $351**
 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup
265/35-18 Toyo Proxes RA1 $268**
Toyo Proxes RA1


Drivers will differ in their preference in predictability versus overall grip, but the Toyo Proxes RA888 provides slightly better grip than the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup and a little bit of a better value. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup's main advantage is more consistent grip from lap to lap, therefore it may be the better choice for a longer event. Toyo Proxes RA1s are less sensitive to small flaws in the vehicle set-up, so if you're still tuning with respect to damper settings, ride height and camber, then the Proxes RA1 would be a good choice.

Alignment:

Optimum alignment settings will vary with tire, damper and spring choices. Most drivers will find that running 3.5-3.8 degrees of negative camber and zero toe for the front to be optimum. You'll need to get adjustable camber plates for the front so you can run that much negative camber.

For the rear, 2.4-2.6 negative camber and the high side of the factory toe-in is normally ideal. You should be able to adjust to these specs without a camber kit. Camber is adjusted at the lower eccentric bolt attaching the lower control arm to the hub assembly (under the axle).

E46 M3 Track Wheels and Tires FAQ:

  1. I've heard of other drivers running 285/30R18 or wider tires on 18x10 wheels, will that fit? When we assess the risk of rubbing we're very conservative. We consider the above wheels and 265/35R18, 275/35R18 and 285/30R18 sized tires all to be custom sizes requiring varying degrees of fender modification and wheelwell modification. High negative camber helps with front tire clearance, too. If you've changed to coil-overs or aftermarket struts, you may have less inside clearance with any of the above sizes.
     
  2. I still drive a fair amount of street miles on my M3, can I adjust camber at the track so I can preserve some tire wear? For the front you can mark your camber plates so you can adjust between track and street settings. In the rear, the washer at the bolt head has notch marks on it that can be highlighted with paint.
     
  3. What about brake pads for my vehicle? For better bite and fade resistance switch to dedicated track pads like the Hawk DTC70 in the front and DTC60 in the rear. Once you get back from the track be sure to switch back to your normal brakes, as the race pads will be noisy, dusty and ineffective in cool weather.
     
  4. Do I need to shave and/or heat cycle my track tires? All the above tires will benefit from heat cycling which acts like a second curing for the tire and helps them maintain consistent grip from lap to lap. The Hoosier R6, BFGoodrich g-Force R1 are molded at 4/32" of tread depth so they don't need to be shaved. Shaving will improve dry performance for the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup, Toyo Proxes RA1 and Toyo Proxes R888.

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

Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

In recent years, performance street tires have come a long way. The amount of performance that can be had from new age Extreme Performance Summer tires 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 events or track days without bringing along wheels and tires to change out. Tires such as the Hankook Ventus R-S3, Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec and Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 have been very popular choices for drivers demanding street miles and acceptable levels of track performance.

For drivers that are looking to expand upon the traction threshold of a street tire, a race compound or R-Comp is your next step. Offered in UTQG treadwear numbers ranging from 0 to 100, race tires sacrifice mileage for softer tread compounds that focus on maximum dry grip. 

Recently, Tire Rack came into contract with Toyo to offer their motorsport line of products. This allows us to sell their new Toyo Proxes R888, which has been a popular choice for racers seeking an intermediate race compound that finds a happy medium between lap times and longevity. With a UTQG treadwear rating of 100, these tires are softer than a street tire and provide improved dry performance all while still offering a good amount of seat time. Compared to a shallow tread designed tire like the Hoosier R6 (UTQG 40), drivers can expect superior wear and better wet traction. While the Toyo may not be ultimately as quick in the dry compared to a Hoosier R6 or BFGoodrich g-Force R1, they are more cost-effective, longer wearing and endorsed as a spec tire for many racing bodies such as the SCCA and NASA.

Available in a large range of diameters and widths, Toyo's Proxes R888 should help fill the gap between a competitive street tire and the most extreme of road race compounds. 

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

Friday, June 22, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

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 215/45-17 all-season tire from the factory. Such a fitment, although good for fuel efficiency and tread life, severely inhibits the cars' true performance. The wheels also seem a bit too narrow and use a very conservative high offset which makes them appear sunken into the fenders.

Based upon our measurements, these two cars are capable of running a 245 width tire on all four corners -- utilizing anywhere between a 17"-19" wheel. If you're wanting to run a staggered set-up, the rear fender arches can accommodate a width up to 265mm with the correct wheel.

Autocross and track driving participants will likely wish to use a square set-up to maintain the car's balance. The hot set-up for these, in my opinion, would be a 17x8 wheel using a 245/40-17 tire at all four corners. This tire size allows for many popular street tires to be installed including the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08, Bridgestone Potenza RE-11, Kumho Ecsta XS, Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec and Hankook Ventus R-S3. Are you looking to utilize a purely competition tire? You may find interest in the Hankook Ventus Z214, BFGoodrich g-Force R1, Hoosier A6 or Hoosier R6

With many tire choices available, as well as a large inventory of wheels from manufacturers like Enkei Racing Series, O.Z. Racing and Sparco, the best way to start looking for your desired set-up is to view our Tire & Wheel Packages.

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

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

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 class, dubbed Street Mod Street or SMS for short in SCCA's SOLO II category, has added to the Dunlop's popularity. This class allows drivers of highly modified vehicles to use the Star Spec as a more cost-effective alternative to R-compound tires. Where as before in Street Modified, the only way to be truly competitive was to run a low tread depth tire (2-4/32") and extremely soft compound (Hoosier A6). Now drivers can enjoy tires that can be driven to the event, wear much longer and are easier on the budget -- all while staying class competitive.

Recently, I went to a SCCA event in Fort Wayne, Indiana and counted approximately 15 cars using this tire. The types of cars varied greatly and included the SMS class winner in a well-prepared Acura Integra, as well as two newer body style Mustang GTs, an E46 BMW M3 and a handful of Miatas. Given the large amount of available sizes ranging from 14-18", the tire's low price point and phenomenal track times, I can't say that I was surprised at what I saw.

If you're looking to outfit your sports car, sports sedan or grassroots racer with a competitive street tire, then watch "Testing the New Extremes of Extreme Performance Summer Tires" and see how this tire can help you enjoy driving more.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force R1-S

Monday, June 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force R1-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.57
 
 

2008 Audi TT 3.2T Quattro Coupe
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Location: Simpsonville, SC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10 Miles on Tires
May 29, 2012

Time on street tires: 64.527 time on BFG R1-S 59.209 and that was only my second run. My third and fourth were on a wet track with puddles all over it. I was the only idiot that actually pushed his car and they only lost traction twice (thank you Audi for the wonderful quattro or I may have ended up in the grass) I am giving it a high water rating because for a DOT slick, nothing came close. I still did 60.333 soaking wet. The tire pressures went up 5lbs on the first lap, 2lbs on the second. 3rd and fourth were in rain, so I didnt bother checking pressures since I am quite sure they got cooled a LOT.
Everyone in CCR wanted me to give feedback so they would know to rebuy Hoosiers or get this new tire and I have to say that there is NO need to buy Hoosiers. This tire is very crisp and does not slowly lose grip. It holds the road like glue, and when it lets go it is immediate, not a slow loss of grip like in the Kooks. I prefer knowing when I push things too hard so I do not consider that a negative. I led DS by 4 seconds, and my PAX was higher than the ASP cars that ran in the dry.

BUY THIS TIRE!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier A6

Thursday, May 17, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hoosier A6Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.38

2004 Mazda Miata Mazdaspeed
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Miles driven on tires: 90
Location: EDGEWOOD, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 90 Miles on Tires
May 09, 2012

100 percent autocross. Good for about 100 runs on the local Big courses, 50+ seconds. No problems with getting too hot, Miata is reasonably light and even with two drivers they have never gotten "greasy". Good grip right up until they cord.

Win, Place or Show with Toyo Motorsports Tires

Friday, May 11, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

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 of America.

Whether we're on the autocross track or the horse track, we all want to win. Winning the Derby requires a serendipitous collaboration between horse, jockey and trainer. Winning on the asphalt requires similar partnership between man, machine and tires.

We're all very excited about our new partnership with Toyo Motorsports. Tire Rack now offers the streetable road race/time attack Proxes RA1, the Proxes R1R, the Proxes R888 and the Drag Racing Radial Proxes TQ.

 

275/40-17 Toyo Proxes RA1

275/40-17 Toyo Proxes RA1

275/40-17 Extreme Performance Toyo Proxes R1R
275/40-17 Toyo Proxes R1R
275/40-17 Toyo Proxes R888
275/40-17 Toyo Proxes R888
275/40-17 Toyo Proxes TQ Drag Radial
275/40-17 Toyo Proxes TQ


The RA1's strengths are its wide variety of sizes, a track record of relatively good wear and resistance to heat cycles, ease of use and handling predictability. R888 tires add even more grip but it's more sensitive to vehicle set-up. Both tires give you tons of grip but can still be driven to the track (as opposed to the track-only BFGoodrich g-Force R1 and Hoosier R6).

Although the Hankook Ventus R-S3 offers outstanding performance in dry conditions, the Proxes R1R has shown surprisingly good traction at cooler ambient temperatures and is a tire worth considering in the Extreme Performance Summer category. Toyo Proxes TQ radials help lower your 1/4-mile time at the strip, while allowing you to drive back home on the same set of tires.

With these new choices to choose from, we definitely have the right tires for the thoroughbred in your garage.

TOYO FAQ:

  1. Can I special order another Toyo tire that's not listed on your website? With our current Toyo agreement we only carry the Toyo tires that are listed on our website.
     
  2. You mention that many of these tires can be driven to the track, how come the Hoosier R6 and BFGoodrich g-Force R1 don't fall under this category? These tires have such a light carcass and gummy compound that any minor debris will work its way through the tread and puncture the tire.

UTQG Treadwear Numbers: What Do They Mean?

Friday, April 27, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Often, I receive calls about a tire's life and the tire's relationship to its assigned UTQG treadwear 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 general guideline to assist customers in making their correct tire purchase. 
 

While certain performance standards are held standard, such as Traction Grades and Temperature Resistance, UTQG treadwear numbers are published by the manufacturer based upon their test findings of a tire's life expectancy. It's important to note that not all manufacturer's standards are equal and similar ratings may lead to different real world results between similar product types.
 

On a large basis, however, most manufacturer's figures are surprisingly accurate. To gain a better understanding of the process, take a look at a few of our popular performance categories beginning with soft compounds and working our way up.

Track & Competition DOT

These tires offer maximum grip in race environments where performance is key and treadlife is sacrificed. In order to be competitive, these tires feature a soft tread compound that tends to be very adhesive. These soft tires wear much faster than a standard street tire and aren't recommend for street use. Take a look at the Hoosier A6, a popular autocross tire to see an example. Note this tire's low UTQG figure of 40.
 

Max Performance Summer

This category features high-performance tires designed for street use. Although not nearly as soft as the race products outlined above, they're at home in a performance environment. This is an optimal choice for a driver looking for acceptable levels of treadwear combined with a high-performing grip level. Even though these tires offer much more flexibility, I'm reminded of an economics lesson: There is no free lunch. The longest wearing Max Performance Summer tires will not outlast a good performing all-season option. Sometimes a driver must choose between smiles and miles. Take a look at our current top-rated summer tire, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and its 300 indicated UTQG treadwear.
 

Ultra High Performance All-Season

Perhaps our most popular and best-selling category, the Ultra High Performance All-Season, promotes higher treadwear in exchange for some loss in ultimate dry grip. Although not as soft, and therefore not as sticky as the Max Performance Summer tires, these tires still place a good amount of focus on performance. This new breed of all-season tires typically lasts between 30,000-50,000 miles and allows the driver to experience practicality while also including good performance features such as a responsive sidewalls and higher speed ratings. The Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position is currently the number one tire in this category and carries a UTQG number of 400.

Standard Touring All-Season

Tires in this category sacrifice performance in terms of ultimate dry grip to focus on maximum life and mileage. These tires are designed for conservative drivers that are looking for the best in ride, treadlife and practicality. These tires aren't meant for track use or for aggressive street driving, but often work well as purposeful all-season tires. The popular Hankook Optimo H727 is a great example of such a tire. Notice that its 700 treadwear fits this category to a tee.

Hoosier A6 and R6 Race Tires

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 by Gary Stanley

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 the following events:

  • Autocross
  • Road Racing
  • SCCA Racing
  • Time Attack Racing
Hoosier A6
Hoosier A6
Hoosier R6
Hoosier R6


If you're chasing cones in an autocross event or have a very light road race car and want maximum grip at the cost of some wear, choose the Hoosier A6. The tire is an exceptional choice for autocross events because it heats up very quickly for the short runs. As mentioned, Hoosier A6 tires can be used at the track on a lightweight vehicle, but will wear quickly due to its very soft rubber compound. 
 

For heavier cars and most track driving applications, the Hoosier R6 is the proper choice. With a more gradual warm-up time and consistency lap after lap, the tire is well suited for lapping sessions and competition driving.  

When viewing the tires, you'll notice that both the A6 and R6 have the same two groove shallow tread pattern that's designed for maximum dry grip and reduced tread squirm. The difference between the two is in the rubber compound.
 

For detailed information on each tire's temperature recommendations, initial run heat cycle, tire pressure recommendations for competition and more, download "R6 & A6: Tire Care and Safety Guidelines" (PDF). 


Note: Hoosier A6 and R6 tires meet Department of Transportation requirements for marking and performance only and aren't intended for highway use. And like all Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only tires, these Hoosier tires are not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice. It's also essential these tires be stored indoors at temperatures maintained above 32 degrees F.

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

Friday, April 13, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

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 as autocross tires. The science behind this function is the very soft rubber compound. The tire has a lower operating temperature for maximum traction. Many autocross events are too short of a course to get a typical race tire up to its optimal race temperature, therefore if the tire is too cold you'll never get the best grip the tire can offer. A downside is that the treadlife is lower on the A6 when compared to the R6. However, if you want the quickest lap times at the autocross course, the A6 is definitely the tire that can deliver. 
 

Hoosier A6
Hoosier A6
Hoosier R6
Hoosier R6


R6 tires are designed for drivers who compete in road racing where there's longer road courses or lapping days over a longer period of time than an autocross event. R6 tires use a harder rubber compound which takes more time to build up heat to reach its optimal operating temperature. Harder rubber compound also offers a longer treadlife.
 

The Hoosier R6 is also seen on many autocross courses and is still appropriate for use at these events. Many racers like this tire for autocross because they'll get much more racing time on their tire. However, if these tires are raced cold, racers will be sacrificing maximum grip for treadlife. It's recommended to run these tires hotter for autocross than the Hoosier A6 to maintain better traction.
 

Both tires will benefit from the Tire Rack Heat Cycling Service and it can be added to your order for $15 per tire.

Toyo Motorsports Tires Now Available at Tire Rack

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

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 compounds that are known to wear longer than super soft tires such as the Hoosier R6 and A6. Tires added to our line-up include the following:

Moreover, these tires are offered in a wide array of hard-to-find fitments and will make for good selections for those with few performance options. Given the outstanding reputation of the R888, I can't wait to get my hands on a set of 225/45-15s for my own personal use. This tire promises an excellent choice for those looking for a 100 treadwear tire.

Note: Many sanctioning racing bodies also use the Toyo RA1 as a spec tire in various classes.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus R-S3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
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Location: Allenstown, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 07, 2012

love these tires used them mostly for autox and some DD due to local club rules my classing is funky car should run stu but competes as BSP last season led points for most of the season missed a few events that cost me. most events i ran the same raw times as a friend who ran an 05 lotus elise on hoosier a6's, thats awesome for a street tire on a 3400lb car. i like these tires as much as the A046's that came on the car i would choose these over any tire in the same class. will be purchasing another set this season.

 

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

The first run of a competition tire's life 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 push them too hard and too long, you'll also break some of those stronger bonds. Breaking down these stronger bonds compromises the tire's ultimate grip.
 

In order to get the most life and best traction from your competition tires it's recommended to heat cycle them before competitive use. Tire Rack uses a heat cycling process which puts an inflated tire between rollers and applies pressure while the tire is brought up to speed. The natural deflection of the tire will build up heat within the tire's normal operating range. There's no artificial heat needed. The roller process allows the most even heat distribution across the entire tread of the tire which gives a more precise heat cycle than can be attained on the track.
 

Once the proper temperature is confirmed with a pyrometer, the tire is stamped to designate it's been "Tire Rack Heat Cycled." It's recommended that the tire not be driven on for 24-48 hours after heat cycling so the bonds broken during the process can reform in a more uniformed and stronger orientation. Hoosier racing tires, as well as competition tires from Yokohama and Kumho should be heat cycled before they're used in competition.  
 

Tire Rack's heat cycling service can be added to your order for $15 per tire. Take a look at our competition tires to see how Tire Rack can help you have a more successful racing season.

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!

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTTReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.38

2012 Nissan GT-R
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Gillette, WY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2012

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta XS

Thursday, February 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta XSReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.12

1999 Chevrolet Corvette
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: JUPITER, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2012

Great bang for the buck on the track and street. Note quite Hoosier stick but, darn good. It's nice to drive to events and not have to change tires. Good for autocross and track days. Wear is surprisingly good too. This is my second set. Getting ready for the third.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Monday, January 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62

2006 Porsche Cayman S With Standard Brakes
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Porter Ranch, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2012

First iuse this tire for track days. The car has 19" wheels so all tires are expensive. I run the tires until the bead shows. I have run r compound ties, michielin sport cups (3), Hoosier A6 (1), street compounds Michelin PS2 (4) super sports (4), Yokohama sport vans (6) ADVAN AD08. It is within this experience that I report on the RE11. The number in the parenthesis is the number of track days I got out of each tire. The RE11 lasted 7 track days and stick well, not as good as the R-compound as you might suspect. The ADVANs wore well but did not stick. The RE11 are a good compromise of wear (cost) and grip. Until I win the lottery and can afford to rin the R-compound I'll stick with the RE11s

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup+ / N-Spec

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport Cup+ / N-SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2011 Porsche 911 GT3
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Miles driven on tires: 1350
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1350 Miles on Tires
May 19, 2011

I've been to the track three times now and these tires are simply insane :-). They are wearing quite well and evenly. This is a track car only but is driven to and from the track. Some posters complained about that the tires give no warning before the give out. Well, mine are "singing" all the time and then I back off so no problem. They are, however, extremely pressure sensitive. The Michelin website says to keep the pressure below 36 but above 32 (hot)! I tried it at Thunderhill the other day and 36 seems to be the sweet spot. When I had 34, they felt sloppy (I like crisp turn-ins) and when they shot up to 39 in one session (temp went from 80 to 95F in half an hour!) they seemed to loose traction. Don't know how many miles I'm going to get out of this tire, maybe 5000 but I think this tire is the best short of Hoosier's IF you don't have to deal with rain. And I don't care since I don't drive in the rain. Hey, I live in California :-)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus Z214

Friday, January 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus Z214 Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

1985 Renault Alliance
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: WARREN, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
October 25, 2011

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier Radial Wet H20

Friday, December 23, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hoosier Radial Wet H2OReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 8
Location: Murphy, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2011

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 producing close to 200 hp and 170 tq (crank). It weighed 2360 at Nats this year, or nearly 400 lbs more than my competition. My best finish was 11th in 2010, although the car does have a National Championship title (Juliann Pokorny won the CSP Ladies class in 2009, in the rain on Day 2, on Hoosier Wets).

As a matter of fact, I've never been to Lincoln NE for a National-level event when it didn't rain! This past May, I was there for a 4-day combined SCCA National Tour & ProSolo, and it rained for the Tour. We finished mid-pack on my street Dunlop Direzza Star Specs, so I vowed to be prepared for rain at Nats.

I bought some "insurance" for Lincoln and installed a fresh set of the brand new Hoosier Wet H2O racing rain tire (275/35R18 on Enkei RPF1 18x9.5" 45ET wheels) just before the 2011 Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships. I also had a fresh set of Hoosier A6s for my dry race tires. We were in the first heat, and it had rained all night so there was not just standing water, but small rivers flowing across the course. After 1st runs, we were way ahead of our competition, and stayed on the H2Os as everyone else switched from rain tires to dry and back again, trying to find the edge. On my last run, with drying conditions accentuated by standing puddles, I layed down an astonishing run and finished Day 1 in 1st place, .6 seconds ahead of the field (including multi-time National Champions Matt McCabe, Scott Fraser, and eventual winner Tim Aro). I finished in 4th after Day 2 in the dry, so I give all the credit to the fantastic Hoosier Wet H2O tires for helping me achieve my first Nationals trophy!