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:  

 

Which tire should you get? It depends on the choices available in your size(s) and the specific driving events you want to participate in.

If you're going to spend your summer doing spirited driving on curvy roads, autocrossing every other weekend and participating in a single track day, then take a look at Extreme Performance Summer tires. They're designed to reach their peak grip quickly so they're a better choice for those who focus on daily driving and autocross. We'll be doing our comprehensive Extreme Performance Summer comparison test shortly, however we've heard from many autocrossers who rave about the  Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R and BFGoodrich g-Force Rival S. Tires in this performance category are also versatile enough to allow you to run decent lap times on your track day.

On the other hand, if you rarely drive your fast car on the street, seldom autocross and plan on doing several track events, then Streetable Track and Competition tires are more suitable for you. Since Streetable Track and Competition tires need a few warm-up laps to reach higher grip levels, they are not ideal for the quickest autocross runs, but they still perform well.

EXTREME PERFORMANCE SUITABILITY   STREETABLE TRACK & COMPETITION    SUITABILITY
Autocross Optimal Autocross Marginal
Track Capable Track Optimal
Endurance EG Lemons & Chumpcar Optimal Endurance EG Lemons & Chumpcar Usually Ineligible
Time Attack Capable Time Attack Capable
Drag Marginal Drag Marginal


With the warm weather here, it's time to get out and have some fun!

 

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