Autocrossing with Bridgestone, Dunlop and Hoosier!

Saturday, May 14, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
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 RE-11
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec
Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec
Hoosier R6
Hoosier R6

Extreme Performance tires deliver the most dry traction you can obtain without going to an all out dedicated track set up. These are completely useable in street applications while providing ample grip for weekend track events and serious auto crossing. While encompassing both street and track use, our latest test results favored the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 as the best all-around tire. It was the easiest tire to drive at the limit while also providing the most comfortable ride on the street. Read the full test report.

When you are ready to take the next step, you will want to look at Track aka R-compound options. Even though the tires are street legal, they are not recommended for street use. This is due to soft compounds and other track specialty features that make them less than ideal for daily driving.

Take a look at what consumers had to say about their experience with each tire:

"[The Bridgestone Potenza RE-11] is a perfect street tire for occasional track use." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 BMW M3 Coupe 

"[The Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec] is an amazing tire, overall grip is very close to an R-compound tire." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Porsche Boxster S

"...Hoosier track tires are my favorite. I can depend on them for maximum grip."
- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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