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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier A6

10 events in the past 2 years on these tires. The tires wear very well on the 11.5 inch wide wheels I use. 50-60 laps on them and at least 50-60 more laps left in treadwear. The tire sticks better after the heat is built up in the tread, and over heating has not been an issue. turn in and overall grip is excellent. traction on acceleration seems to be...  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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Without any question, this is the best tire in production today for a combo 3 season + going to the track. Nothing else is close. You can drive to the track in the rain, do some rain sessions, do sessions in perfect conditions and do this from spring till fall - and then drive home in a downpour in just above freezing conditions and get home alive. Your...  Read More

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

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

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...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier A6

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes. Hoosier A6 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.38 2004 Mazda Miata MazdaspeedMore Tire Reviews for This Vehicle Buy/More Info Miles driven on tires: 90 Location: EDGEWOOD, MD Driving...  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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

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....  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

Looking for the Best Autocross Tires?

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...  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