Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL55
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Loudon, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

Tires transform the car. It feels like it is all wheel drive. Steering with the throttle is a snap. The limits of the car on the street with these tires have not even be tickled by me; I would need a track for that. The stock Bridgestones are unacceptable and wore quickly. I thought the Hankook V-12s were good until I tried these PSS. I have a set of Pilot Alpin PA-4s on separate AMG wheels for winter use. I do not believe in all-seasons. Frankly, there is no other choice than the PSS unless you want a DOT approved race tire which has its compromises in the wet. The PSS do not.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Youngsville, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

I wasn't sure if I should stick with the more expensive Sports or try the Super Sports. Glad I chose these, turn-in is much improved, understeer is all but gone now, the car provides much more confidence entering a corner. I do drive in a spirited manner, these tires are providing many smiles per gallon. I'll be putting these on the rears next

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Audi A3 2.0 TDI Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

So far so good. I'm really happy with my choice. They're really sticky on the road, both in dry and wet. They slip the odd time in dry. In wet they're pretty good too. Inspire confidence unless the roads are flooded, more than 1" of water. Otherwise, they're quiet, absorb highway cracks pretty good, great at high speed. I constantly do above 140 km/h (80 mph) and they drive my car like a go-cart. Will definitely buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Pembroke Pines, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
June 09, 2014

I bought a set of these tires back on July 2013. The tires have now 10k miles already, and even after the fact that my car literally "eats" tires for breakfast, the tires are still holding and I think I can extract another 1-2k miles from them (on the rears, the fronts still have thread for more than that). I tried everything on the market: Hankook Ventus V12s, Bridgestones Potenzas RE970s, Pirelli P-zeroes, Yoko Advans, and nothing came close to the excellent combination of performance, thread wear, road noise and stickiness of the PSS. I definitely recommend these tires to anyone.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.57
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Golf TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Dallas, TX
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
May 19, 2014

Firstly I want to say that this tires "some" things right...but more wrong! I bought these after reading all of the glowing reviews about the comfort and noise levels being very good with these tires. I have to say they are good..."up to about 50mph", then all -------- breaks loose! Noise, tramlining, rough, and squirmy?!? I had to slow to 70mph because the car would vibrate so much. Lot's of hopping at highway speed...which I hear can happen on a Golf VI on 18's unless the tires are right. These tires were put on after a factory VW alignment and a Hunter road force balance so I know it wasn't that. I really wish these tires had the highway manners that they had at low speed because they were awesome cruising around city streets. Anyway, I ordered some Michelin AS/3's so we will see what happens when these go on.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.80
 
 

1998 Honda Accord Sedan LX V6
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Bothell, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
June 19, 2014

Got these tires 225/50R17 for '98 Accord V6 LX sedan (291K miles) on an exchange as recommendation . The Primacy MXV4 had a left radial pull and needed front axle balancing about once a week. After Dealer did aligned the vehicle 8 times and balanced the tires 11 times, replaced every worn out front-end suspension part. I have tried every major tire on this car, pulls to the left, unable to maintain balance, noisy or worn out too quickly, I was ready to give up. I later learned this last set of tires were defective.
I highly recommend these tire for most Asian imports. With less than 100 miles mostly freeway, the care doesn't pull left. Tires are very quiet. Have not had rain or snow to evaluate handling during wet driving. Dry roads the vehicle handles great, like new again. Base on the mileage, ride comfort and handling, I give these tires a 9.5 score.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.73
 
 

2001 Chevrolet Corvette
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Miles driven on tires: 8,568
Location: Garland, TX
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 8,568 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

These are performance run flat extremely high quality sport tires. They are on a 350HP sport car and although it is driven with care and safety in normal city and country traffic and on hard paved roads, these tires just don't wear like fifty thousand mile tires do on large less "sportily driven" slower family sedans. That being said, I wouldn't have it any other way. These tires are great at what they have been designed to do, and no matter what I ask of them, they perform flawlessly. I trust them. I just keep buying them because they suit my style of easy and sometimes spirited driving and they are run flat. My Corvette has no room for a full size spare; don't like or trust the donut. Oh, as a note, only buy my tires from Tire Rack and am totally satisfied

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2015 Subaru Forester XT Touring
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Morton Grove, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
June 11, 2014

This is my initial review after 500 miles. So far, these tires are quiet, ride smoothly, and appear to handle well in both wet and dry conditions. They are an upgrade from the stock Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 tires and complement the high performance nature of the Forester XT turbo nicely. If anything, they make the car feel more solid and luxurious, given the quiet and refined ride. Steering response is better as well. They are expensive, but worth it. I look forward to trying them in the snow next winter and will update my review then.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2012 Volkswagen CC LUX
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
June 14, 2014

These tires are awesome! Replaced half worn OEM ContiContactPro tires primarily because at 30,000 miles they drove me nuts with noise. (They weren't all that quiet to begin with). Only after replacing the Conti OEM's with the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3's could I really appreciate the driving and handling potential of my CC.

Now this is NOT a sports car by any means, but like most German cars, it is meant to be driven as opposed to riding in it. Handling is markedly quicker and more precise. Drove yesterday in a downpour and honestly, from driving the car, it felt like I was on dry pavement.

As far as noise control, nearly anything would be an improvement over the Conti's. But I have to say, these are as quiet as I have experienced with any tire in my many years of driving. They also seem to absorb those annoying surface irregularities such as pavement cracks and patches. On really good surfaces such as newer highways and freeways, they are inaudible over other noises such as wind or engine sounds.

To sum it up, my car is a whole different machine with the Michelen PS A/S 3's. I look forward to every drive I take, and have even taken it out for a few joy rides. Why wouldn't I?

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

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
May 22, 2014

I have purchased the Comp 2's to put on my SL because I have a set on an 2004 E500 and they are the best handling tire i have had on the car to date.The handling is superb in wet and dry and the noise level is very low and the comfort level is very high. It almost feels like you are riding on a rubber pad. Takes bumps and road imperfections and absorbs them very nicely. They replaced Michelin Pilot A/S which were noisy and cumbersome,and just not an aesthetic looking tire for the car,still a great tire, but doesn't have the gripping power desired. I have taken off ramp turns at almost double the speed limit without any slipping or squealing from any corner. It's just a real good tire for the money,cant beat that combo. Very pleased.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

I have purchased these tires for my new vehicle this winter and also have them for my Sierra truck and for my daughters Hyundai car and for my sons Silverado truck. I wouldn't go a winter here in Manitoba without them. This year it hit -50 c and we had alot of ice. I wish Manitoba would make it mandatory to have these tires on and they will soon. There would be alot less accidents with them. These tires are the best as they provide less skidding, less spinning and better gas for the the winter as you don't spend all your time spinning your tires to get going. The stopping on these is incredible. You just have to watch out for the others that don't have them on as they will slide into you maybe. Great job Michelin keep up the great tire as I will get more as the years go on. ONE HAPPY CUSTOMER HERE.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Monterey Park, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 11, 2014

Replaced 4 Michelins with these tires, did not think I would like them better, but I did. Took them up on a 700 mi round trip, in the storm on a weekend ski trip. Traction going up and back on dry road was confident inspiring. Handling in the snow and night icy road to help a friend with a stuck car was great, and I drove a lot of tires on snow over the years. I would heartily recommend this tire!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ102

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2009 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Rochester, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 29, 2014

I bought the DZ 102's because they were priced well and I really needed summer tires. I only have driven on these for a few weeks but must say these tires rock! The dry grip is much better than the factory Michelin's. They have a stiffer sidewall so the my cornering and handling has really improved. And the sound/road noise is a drastic improvement over the factory tires. I have not driven on these tires in the rain yet. I would buy these again from what I have experienced so far. My only complaint so far is that they look less aggressive when mounted on my car then I expected. They are a very nice looking tire off the car and from the side view but, the view of the tread from behind my car is less aggressive than I expected.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2012 Mini Hardtop
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Thomasville, NC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 07, 2014

Love these tires, have not had long but has made a huge difference in the ride and sound. Had runflats when I purchased the car and they wore out quick and we too stiff and loud! This is so much better. I get 37mpg combined and love that too! Get rid of the run flats and really enjoy the ride!!!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2005 Cadillac STS V8
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 16, 2014

I've only had these tires for a week, but wow what a difference! I got this car with the OE Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 and was shocked by it's poor performance. With traction control on in the rain, it was normal to have the car hesitate as the rear tires fought for traction. With TC turned off, well, it was a wild ride indeed. Lots of fun but very dangerous for the inexperienced. Snap oversteer ruled the day. In the dry the Michelins were a little better but still very overwhelmed by the Northstar's torque. I've been itching to try a good set of Extreme Performance or Max Performance tires on this car since I got it but waited until the Michelins were used up. I can say that these DWs have transformed the car. It's rained several times in the past week so I've had several opportunities to try out the wet traction. Where normally with TC off (that's how I drive) I would get severe oversteer with normal throttle application (meaning no aggression whatsoever) on turns with very slick asphault, these Contis just bite like crazy. I have to get very aggressive to induce some slip, and when I let off, they come back into line beautifully.

On the highway, at speeds approaching 70 - 80 mph, there is a little vibration in the steering wheel, especially as the tire comes up to temp. They are noticably more noisy than the Michelins but that's to be expected. Ride comfort is good but the stiffer sidewalls are definitely felt. Not a bad thing in my opinion but conservative buyers should be aware. I read a recent review from a Jetta owner giving these tires a bad review stating that turn-in is poor and that he can feel the sidewalls squirming and the only thing I can think of is that his width is way off compared to his wheel width. There is no reason why the experience he describes would happen with properly matched tire widths.

I'll update later as I get more miles on these tires but so far so great!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2010 Lincoln MKZ
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Mantachie, MS
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
May 26, 2014

My car came oem equipped with 225/50/17 tires. To give my car a better 'stance', I up'd the tires size to a 55 series so the 'fender-to-tire' distance wouldn't be so large. In doing so, the Optimo727 was my pick of choice since it was a well rated cheap tire that had good wear numbers. Boy am I glad I did! The factory Michelin tires couldn't even start to compare in ride comfort to these tires. The 727s made my car actually ride like a Lincoln should. They are whisper quiet, buttery smooth on the highway, handle great on dry corners, and have a nice tread design. Even after 20k miles, these tires look new! With the way I drive, I can easily get 70k from these tires. This past January I had the opportunity to drive this car from north MS to Detroit, Michigan to the auto show. While on my trip, snowy roads plagued the entire journey. These tires performed flawlessly throughout it all. Not once did I feel uncomfortable driving at 70mph on the snow. I bet I saw 30 cars and trucks go into the median, but I felt secure with these tires. These tires have definitely made me a believer in the Hankook brand, and I look forward to purchasing another set when these wear out. I've read on here where people whine and complain about how noise gets more pronounced as these tires age... So?! Doesn't everything get a bit louder as it gets worn? If I can get 60-70k reliable well performing miles from a set of 'cheap' brand name tires, I promise I'm not gonna complain about it going "woopwoop". And I'd like to bet that the ones who DO complain about their Prius's tires getting a bit noisy with age, are probably the same kinda people who complain about how their FlipFlops give them sores when they go jogging... Ya gotta match the product to the situation it's gonna be used in! This is a soft riding luxury touring tire meant for heavier vehicles. Not a Low Rolling Resistance hybrid tire for light cars! I'll Happily slap on another set of these bad boys when the time comes. They're great!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2008 BMW 535i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Boulder, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
May 30, 2014

Yes, yes, yes! Thats all that needs to be said, but I'll explain my love for these tires. I've driven ~30,000 miles on the PSS in my 535i and I absolutely love them! I purchased a 2007 335i a few weeks ago and its sitting on Hankook Ventus V12 Evo's, which don't even compare.
Due to the sport package on each car the tires can't be rotated. My first set of PSS's lasted ~15k miles in the rear. I have 15k on my 2nd set of rears and they still have at least 35% tread left. I'm at 30k on the fronts and they're down to ~20% tread but the grip is still unbelievable.
Even with the worn down fronts the Michelin PSS tires have better turn-in, stability, and both wet/dry traction than the Hankook Ventus V12s. They're also quieter and more comfortable. My 535i out-handles the 335i despite its heavier weight all because of the Super Sports.
I can't wait for these trashy Hankook's to wear down - which should be quickly due to poor tread wear - so I can put Michelin PSS tires on my 335i too! Michelin really blew the competition to pieces on this one as no other Max Performance tires have this much grip & composure.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2009 Honda Fit Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Kansas City, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
June 04, 2014

Okay, bought thise with a set of Enkie PF-01's in 15" so my wife would be happier with the ride. At first I lost about 7 mpg gas mileage. They take quite a while to break in but mileage has slowly increased back to around 42 on the highway (I got used to the 47mpg with the Continental DWS's at 70mph- calculated, not the computor). The Enkie's are a half inch wider & I've lost very little cornering power. These Defenders flat go in the snow. Having a door dent repaired I was left with Hankooks mounted on a Kia. That thing would slide completely through an intersection at less than 10 mph on packed snow. My Fit would easily stop at the same intersection from 35mph with the Defenders. i have boosted presure to 39psi trying to improve mileage but it takes away the ride characteristics. Handling is great, wear is great, steering turn-in is reasonably good, dry & wet cornering is admirable. The steering response saved me major repairs when I dodged a deer on I-49 in the middle of the night. Most other cars would have hit it for sure. Good tires, just plan on poor mileage until they're broken in. Tire Rack is the only place to go, received these tires/wheels in 48 hours from ordering.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2006 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 29, 2014

A great improvement over the slippery OEM Michelins or my last tire the Continental DW's. It's like getting a new car. I never knew my Acura could ride this nice or this quiet. Wish I would have bought these years ago. A tip for tire researchers: Search by tire size not by car model. This tire does not show up for my car when searching by car model but it has turned out to be perfect for my car.

How to Choose the Correct Track Tires

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Are you heading to your first driving school or lapping day? Or are you already a track veteran who's looking to go even faster? Whenever you go to the track, having the right set of tires is essential to going fast, being safe and having fun.

What type of tires do you need to bring for a track event? Depends on the type of event, the expected conditions and the resources available to you.

Take a look at your available options:

Street Tires 

Some people run their cars on the track with the same tires they use on the street. If you're already driving high performance tires, that set may work for you on the track. This scenario works best when you're attending beginner driving schools, casual lapping days or other events where the focus is more on polishing your skills rather than setting fast lap times. Street tires are not recommended for track use, and driving them in a track environment will most likely void their warranty. Keep in mind that if you overdrive them into corners, you could easily render them useless after only one day at the track. An example of this type of tire is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

Pros of Running Street Tires:

  • Convenience
  • Price
  • Can drive to the track safely.
  • Most street tires perform well in the rain.

Cons of Running Street Tires:

  • Performance - These tires aren't as fast in dry conditions as track tires.
  • Longevity
  • Getting home - What happens if you lose a tire on the track? Do you have an option for getting home?

Extreme Performance Tires

These options are really a subset of street tires, but they're designed to take the abuse of occasional track days. They have more focus on dry traction and responsive handling. Extreme performance tires can be used on an enthusiast oriented daily driver, or mounted on separate wheels for track use. An example of this tire is the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R.

Pros of Extreme Performance Tires:

  • Grip - Better performance than regular street tires.
  • Durability
  • Value - Last longer at the track than normal street tires.
  • Convenience
  • Versatility

Cons of Extreme Performance Tires:

  • Competition - Drivers are at a disadvantage compared to drivers who use dedicated track tires.

Streetable Track Tires 

There are some tires that are essentially track tires, but can be driven to and from the track. They would wear out very quickly if driven daily on the street. These tires will generally have enough tread pattern to handle damp pavement, but will be very prone to hydroplaning. An example of this type of tire is the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo.

Pros of Streetable Track Tires:

  • Grip - These tires will outgrip extreme performance tires.
  • Convenient - If you can swap wheels at home, but your car won't carry a second set of wheels to the track, this can be the perfect solution.
  • Versatility - Some of these tires can work as an intermediate tire for damp or drying track conditions.

Cons of Streetable Track Tires:

  • Give up a little grip compared to the most specialized options.
  • Few miles of use as a street tire.
  • Hydroplaning can be an issue if caught in the rain.

Specialized Track Tires

Track tires provide the ultimate in grip. They discard most streetability characteristics in order to deliver the very best lap times. With lots of grip and shoulders that are generally more square, these tires can be more challenging to drive at their limits. They should be mounted on separate wheels and installed at the track. An example of this type of tire is the Hoosier A7.

Pros of Track Tires:

  • Performance - If you are racing to win, track tires are the way to go.
  • Easiest way to turn faster lap times.

Cons of Track Tires:

  • Track tires won't work in the rain. You need a separate set if rain is a possibility.
  • More challenging to drive at the limit.
  • Often requires suspension modification or a specialized set-up.