Who is Cy

Hi, I'm Cy Chowattukunnel (in old country language, my last name means he who knows all about tires). I'm entering my 10th year at the Tire Rack.  So far it's been a great ride. I've enjoyed working with drivers across the country and around the world.  Read More

The Extreme Performance Summer Category Has Gotten More. . .Extreme!

With August upon on us, it won't be too long before the 2015 Tire Rack Solo National Championships arrive. If you're heading to Lincoln in September then you've most likely already made your tire choice. Wondering whether you picked the right tire? Want to know what else is out there? We've recently posted the official results of our latest Extreme...  Read More

Track and Autocross Tire Choices for Your Lotus Elise

Quite a few years ago, a friend of mine used to store his red Lotus Elan in our family's pole barn. He didn't drive it as much as he wanted, but when he did, it put a huge grin on his face. Lotus Elans are a rare sight these days, however many of us were fortunate when a Lotus Elise visited Tire Rack for an autocross event. Just like my friend's ride, this...  Read More

My #FirstCarMoment with a 1978 Honda Accord

By the time it got to me, Uncle George's 1978 Honda Accord had plenty of miles on the speedometer. No worries, it was my first car and a well maintained Honda is solid as oak, regardless of the mileage. It was burgundy red, with red velour cloth seats and manual transmission. I loved that car! It never let me down. Not surprisingly I've had eight different...  Read More

New Wheels for the 2016 Honda HR-V

Do you like the Honda CR-V but wish it were a little smaller? Your wish has been granted - say hello to the 2016 Honda HR-V! Legendary Honda reliability, a great combination of performance and efficiency, tons of cargo and passenger room, what more could you want? Hoping to add a bit of style and individuality to your HR-V before it gets lost in the herd? We...  Read More

Is the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R the New Extreme Performance Summer Champ?

Do you love to drive? Do you have a fun car that comes out for track and autocross weekends or do you simply relish the curvy roads of your daily commute? You should consider the sticky grip and razor sharp steering response of an Extreme Performance Summer tire. Last year, the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec tested out to be the top performing tire in...  Read More

Great Savings for Your 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic Sport Package

Love your 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic Sport Package but looking for a more cost-effective tire option?   Check your tire sidewalls to verify size, but the 2009-2015 Mercedes E350 4Matic w/Sport Package typically came with 245/40R18 tires. 245/40R18 is usually a more expensive size, but we've just received 245/40R18 Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tir...  Read More

Is the Bridgestone DriveGuard Right For You?

Compared to conventional run-flats, the Bridgestone DriveGuard rides better, while offering better value and wear. As a tire that can also be installed on some vehicles that didn't come equipped with run-flats as Original Equipment, many could be skeptical to the idea of switching to run-flats on their vehicle. Isn't a flat when most of us notice our tires...  Read More

Track & Competition DOT Tires That Should Only Be Used on the Track

Are you looking for more grip than the sticky tire options covered here? Track & Competition DOT tires give you the highest level of grip, but their lighter carcasses, shallower tread depths and gummy compounds also make them too fragile for street use. Street use will also expose them to more heat cycles eventually causing severe drops in grip level. These...  Read More

More Grip for Your 2015 Ford Mustang Fastback GT Performance Pack

As we saw for ourselves at Willow Springs, Ford has done an awewsome job with brand new S550 2015 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack! As you can see in the video, the driver had a great lap, but even the best cars can desire more grip. How about swapping on some custom fit closeout matte graphite 20x10 ET40 Hotckis Y-Sports on Extreme Performance Summer...  Read More

Sticky Tires for Your Fast Car: Tires You Can Drive on the Road and Take to the Track

Are you ready for autocrossing? Looking to do some lapping days at your local track? Participating in the Silver State Classic in September? Maximize your fun by picking the right tire for your car and the events you're going to run. There are essentially four types of sticky tires you should consider for your days at the track:   Extreme Performance Summer Str...  Read More

Do I Need to Match Tires? Yes!

How does your tire choice come into play when you experience oversteer or understeer? By matching your tires, you'll maintain the same overall tire grip in the front and back. When you have mismatched tires, you're either adding more grip to the front or more grip to the rear that causes abnormal and/or unpredictable oversteer or understeer. We've literally...  Read More

A New Look for Your MR2 Spyder

Name a fun, affordable and reliable mid-engine car? Sounds like a trick question, but the 2000-2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder hits that rare trifecta. WHEEL DIAMETER As you look at Spyder wheel options, you'll see wheels ranging in diameter from 15"-18". Although the Spyder can run 15", 16", 17" and 18" wheels, staying with a 15" wheel allows for broader tire...  Read More

Where Can I Find the Best Tire Prices? Take Advantage of Closeout Pricing on General AltiMAX RT.

When it comes to taking care of your vehicle, tires are a big part of your maintenance budget. You can't afford to overpay, but good tires are essential for safe driving. Even with the high quality brands we offer, we'll see major differences in overall performance, especially in wet traction. We've done head-to-head comparison tests where we've seen over a 4...  Read More

March Madness Means Autocross Season is Coming!

Our hometown Notre Dame Fighting Irish are known for their football team, but that may be changing after Notre Dame's amazing comeback victory over North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. What a game! Many of us at Tire Rack can't wait to see how the Irish do this week in the Big Dance. And with March Madness here, you know what that means...autocrossseason is...  Read More

Big Savings on Big Snow Tires

If you have a lifted 4x4 truck, Jeep or SUV with 35" mud tires, you may think you're ready for the worst conditions, but you're not. Four-wheel drive will obviously help you accelerate and ground clearance will help with deeper snow, however your mud tires are holding you back.  In order to have great snow grip, a tire must have the right compound, and...  Read More

Tires for Your Eighth-Generation Honda Accord

The second car I ever owned was a 1978 burgundy Honda Accord 5-speed. Ever since owning this vehicle, I've been an Accord fan. Honda has done an awesome job in constantly improving the Accord, and the eighth-generation (2008-2012) model is a car that can do just about anything! If you already own one of these Accords, there's no reason to get a new one. With...  Read More

Tires and Wheels for Your 2012+ Porsche 911 Carrera S (991 C2S)

There may not be a substitute for a Porsche, but if you're taking your new 911 to track, there's definitely stickier tires that will help you achieve faster lap times. Streetable Track & Competition tires, like the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, let 911 drivers run great times at the track without the hassle of switching tires or towing. The Michelin Pilot...  Read More

Conquer the Snow with Your Jeep Grand Cherokee

About twelve years ago, our SUV-test fleet consisted of 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokees. Since then, we've had sportier SUVs like the Touareg and Cayenne. However, there's a part of me that misses the Grand Cherokee. There is something about sitting in a Jeep that makes you feel like you're unbounded and that you can travel anywhere. And apparently, there are many...  Read More

Is the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology or ExtremeContact DWS Your Best Choice?

Germany is known for many things, including awesome cars, but their tires are pretty good, too. Based in Hanover, Germany, Continental has plants all over the world with plants in Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and North Carolina. A few of Continental's great offerings include: ExtremeContact DW ExtremeContact DWS PureContact with EcoPlus Technology For drivers...  Read More

Initialize Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Sensors on Your Honda, Hyundai, Subaru or Toyota Yourself

As you're shopping for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, you may have noticed the following warning:  *** New TPMS sensors must be registered to the vehicle at the manufacturer's dealership or a service center with the appropriate tools. Please contact your local dealership or service center for details and rates. *** What exactly does this mean? This...  Read More