The All-New 2016 Mazda MX-5 Tested on Our Track

As a longtime owner of a first-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, I have been very excited about the upcoming 2016 model. The new 2016 MX-5 is often referred to by its production code "ND" in the automotive community as opposed to the previous generation 2006-2015 model's production code of "NC". The design of the new generation MX-5 has been impressing drivers...  Read More

New Lightweight Track Wheel from MOTEGI RACING

Anyone who has spent a Saturday at an autocross event or a road course knows that lighter is better. Lighter is especially better when referring to unsprung weight. Unsprung weight is anything not supported by the suspension of your vehicle such as wheels, tires and brakes. As one of the best bang-for-your-buck upgrades, a set of dedicated lightweight...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

For having a RWD car as my daily driver and considering the Miata's small size, people said I was going to have a tough time travelling during the winter. My buddy reccomended these tires for winter since he had a set that worked really well. I have not had any issues driving in snow, sleet and freezing rain as they kept traction at all times. These tires...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I live in the NC mountains, where it snows in winter. I have encountered two inches of snow without incident, thanks to the Conti Extreme Contact. It really bridges all-season capability with high performance. This tire lets me enjoy my Miata year-round.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Attended SCCA Starting Line school in the driving rain and my car equipped with a fresh set of RE-11's had the fastest times when driven by the instructor or myself. Standing water in a number of spots on the course and these tires constantly delivered. Slides easily recoverable with a lift of the throttle. Excellent manners on turn in. Can't wait to try...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I live in New England, and have the Miata 2009 Grand Touring factory Michelin Pilot tires, great in dry, so..so in winter. After 28,000 (2.5 yrs) the tires had to be replaced, wore out too fast even when you rotate them... I read on the Miata forum that the continental extreme contacts DWS were highly recommended for all seasonal. They have been the best...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H724

DISCLAIMER: First off, I am not affiliated with TireRack or Hankook Tire Co. I have been a customer of TireRack for over a decade and I've never had 1 single problems. For Hankook tire set, this is my first time experience and I am not writing this review to endorse them either. I am simply giving you my perspective, specifically, the use of Hankook Optimo...  Read More

How to Prepare for Your First Track Session in Four Simple Steps

Today is a great day to be an automotive enthusiast. Perhaps more than ever before, road courses across the country are opening their gates to any and all drivers looking to experience the thrill of driving on a track. Combine this level of access with the increased performance of today's vehicles and it's possible to have more fun than ever before for less...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama S.drive

I've 4800+ miles on these tires, including a road trip from Ohio to Flyin' Miata's Summer Camp in western Colorado & running around the hills of southern Ohio. Great steering response, excellent wet weather performance, good dry weather handling, though my standard here is an STi set up for Solo II on Dunlops. Short of an all-out performance tire, I'm quite...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

We use this tire on a Set Kosei K1 wheels for our stripped out Miata (2000 lbs) that competes in 24 hours of LeMons. The car is a 92 Miata with 99+ bilstiens and NB Slignment settings are best to be said as moderate. We are a 5 driver team, with very similar driver profiles. These tires have held up amazingly well. We run about 32psi front and 31psi rear....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Posts on miata.net suggested this tire was not a 'performance' tire and the Miata might like a more responsive tire. Rudy confirmed this assessment. Since I have moved well into senior citizen territory the quick turn-in, more 'rigid' ride, etc. attributes I wanted in a tire a few years ago are no longer on my tire wish list.So, do I like these tires, yep,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Corsa System

I got these tires on a new Evora, not an S but the drop down doesn't allow for a base Evora. I drive these tires on twisty backroads where they eliminate the need for an S or any other more powerful car. I go through the 45mph rated curves.... well because this is on the internet... I go through them a little faster than that with great ease. The Evora is...  Read More

Taking Your Mazda Miata to the Next Level

The Mazda Miata has long been a crowd favorite with driving enthusiasts. While it's an amazing vehicle, the level of excitement can be taken to the next level with the right equipment.    Tires are a top priority and the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec and Hankook Ventus RS-3 (Version 2) are both favorites. When we tested each last fall, the ZII Star Spec...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

I did not drive my Miata in winter until I put these on my car. I do not drive it in heavy snow. I do drive it plowed or light snow covered roads. Very happy   Read More

Stationed Overseas and Need Tires?

#thinkingabouttires, but stationed overseas? We can help! Having been stationed overseas myself, USMC, Okinawa, Japan (2005-2008), I understand the challenges when trying to purchase items from the United States. Here at Tire Rack, we can ship tires, wheels, brakes, suspension and other accessories to our service members and Department of Defense contractors...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

This is for my weekend fun car which I drive rather aggressively. It's a great tire for the price - very good dry traction with decent break-away and they're quiet when running hard. For an inexpensive replacement tire for the factory Miata size, it's hard to beat.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Purchased these in 2008 for our summertime-only Miata. Drove mostly on the highways, where they showed excellent adhesion and cornering. Treadwear was not as advertised, with tread bars showing on two of the tires now at 31,000 miles.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

I've had a lot of different tires/cars, but this tire is outstanding! I have a lot of curvy 2-lanes to play on and I have a difficult time even breaking the rear end loose intentionally. I had Bridgestone RE 760s on my last Miata and 2008 Mustang Bullitt, but they do not compare in either dry or wet conditions. On freeway cloverleaves, the speed at which the...  Read More

On Our Way to the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships

It’s an annual tradition for a few Tire Rack employees to make the trip to Lincoln, Nebraska to compete in the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo Finale beginning this weekend. Chris "Trent" Harvey, John "Woody" Rogers and William "Bill" Loring each compete in different classes and are seasoned veterans. In fact, Trent has brought a...  Read More

Check Out Sumitomo for Affordable Tires

Who is Sumitomo? Headquartered in Kobe, Japan and involved extensively with the tire industry since 1909, Sumitomo has very close relationships with Dunlop and Goodyear. Sumitomo has produced tires in cooperation with Dunlop and Goodyear for many years. In fact, so much engineering, technology and manufacturing is shared between them that I sometimes...  Read More