Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2002 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Montclair, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2012

Great tire for a great price. There are not many max category tires in 16" This one is a winner. It is not as stiff as the stock S02, but I drive this car on long highway commutes, so it fits what I am looking for to a "T". The rebate just sweetens the deal and I purchased these over the Conti DW. Sidewalls are soft so I use 34-36 psi all around.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2002 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Montclair, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2012

I first review this car when first put on car, now 30,000 miles later. I still like them. If you know its faults (snow and ice traction) it is a great affordable performance tire. I use snow tires. I have along highway commute and these tires work great. They are long lasting with a decent amount of traction. Very, very good in rain, and on cold dry or slightly wet roads.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.4

2003 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 4,800
Location: Sequoia National Park, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,800 Miles on Tires
June 03, 2012

I have the pleasure of driving these tires to work each summer weekday (dry & warm asphalt) up one of the twistiest roads in the west (30 miles of 30-50 MPH back-to-back hairpins, no traffic). Weekends allow more spirited speeds on various trans-Sierra highways.

In all endeavors, these 08s are effortless, noiseless, and predictable past cornering traction limits (slow & easy break, gentile recovery). Truely point & shoot!

The 08s took 800 miles to break-in (felt greasy at first), and rears only last my driving style 5,000 miles till bald (fronts last three rears). Wear is even across the tread, with no cupping. Tires balance inside/outside with minimum weights.

Of all the X-Treme Perf brands I have purchased from Tire Rack, these 08s allow my go-cart to perform better than Honda or Newton ever imagined ;)

Is the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position the Right Max Performance Summer Tire for You?

Thursday, June 7, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole PositionAs the flagship offering from Bridgestone, the Potenza S-04 Pole Position is a Max Performance Summer tire for drivers that demand the pinnacle of traction and responsiveness. Replacing the RE050A Pole Position, this new offering delivers more wet and dry traction.

Carrying forward with an asymmetric tread pattern, the inside of the tire is tuned for wet traction, while the outside focuses on dry traction. The outside tread pattern features high grip shoulder blocks that provide maximum contact with the surface for stability in corners. For wet performance, wide circumferential grooves and high angle grooves quickly and efficiently evacuate water. Using high levels of silica offers a flexible tread compound for additional wet grip.

Overall, it provides balanced and smooth traction, which makes them very predictable and easy to drive right up to the traction limit.

Currently positioned solidly in the number two position in our Tire Survey Results, take a look at what owners of this Max Performance Summer tire are saying:

"Completely changed the handling of the car for the better." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Pontiac G8 GT

"Right off the bat, I immediately noticed the tire had a ton of dry grip, and its amazingly quiet." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Honda S2000 SCCA STR Class

We also tested the tire, and again it took second place honors. While the performance is nothing short of excellent, we thought the tire could use a little more ultimate grip. Bridgestone seems to have targeted more of a balance between performance and ride characteristics. For a complete recap of our test, check out "Clash of the Titans: Testing Two New Max Performance Summer Heavy Hitters."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx TT

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx TTReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14

2006 Honda S2000
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Location: Campbell, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 19, 2012

My AP2 mostly gets driven on HPDE track events and to office (3.5miles each way). It is no where close to the performance of the DOT race tires I have used on this car such as RS3, R888 or RA1s. However, it is way more comfortable, much much quieter.

With the slightly less of maximum traction compare to a DOT race tire, I don't feel there is less steering sensitivity. The turn-in in fact feels almost as sharp as the R888 and break-loose characteristic is very smooth. Transition is very linear and easy recovery. I like it very much.

Spirited driving at 9/10th on the mountain feels very close to R888 with a bit more initial slippage (thus VSA off for max potential for this reason). But once catch grip, cornering stability is almost equivalent or better than RS3s.
It seems to like lower tire pressure better vs. the Toyos which respond well with higher pressure. Once the tire rolls to the edge, it stabilizes and grips very well.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2000 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Falls Church, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
May 18, 2012

These tires have incredible traction on dry pavement if temperatures are above freezing. I had just put the tires on and on my way home thought about testing out the traction prowess. The light I was coming to just turned yellow, normally I would stop but this one time I decided to take the light. I made sure that no one else was around, in case something went wrong. I down shifted from fifth to third, maintained throttle and went with it. To my amazement the tires held traction without a hint of over steer and I made the light.

The car is now almost euphoric now. It is such a pleasure to drive especially now that I know that I don't have to let off the throttle when going into turns. Don't get wrong on this part. If you over throttle the car will still oversteer but instead of having to let off the throttle and brake going into a turn I can now just down shift and hold throttle through a turn.

Wear on these tires are not that great though. I'ce put approzimately 10k on them in only a years time and the rears need to be replaced due to wear. I haven't done any burnouts nor have I ever tracked the car. I do take turns rather quickly as I don't slow down.

If you plan to Daily drive with these tires, just know that they will be requiring replacement as often as once a year if not sooner depending on how you drive. I purchased into these tires know this and don't regret it one bit. I would much rather enjoy my car to it's fullest extent then let it idle by like any other daily commuter.

 

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

Thursday, May 17, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2002 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
May 10, 2012

What a great tire! Great traction wet dry! Good stiff sidewall for ride and steering! Wow is this tire wide, so much more then the stock bridgestone tires. The tire did great in the rain at 70mph. Great tires for grip around the turns! So far the tire is low on noise at any speed! Great tire for ride comfort a little stiff but smooth for the S2000 Honda! Much better then the all season tires that came on the car way better!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Monday, April 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4

2000 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Calgery, AB
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 24, 2012

New Direzzas at the front seem to last forever; they still have very deep treads at the front; like new; literally. However at the rear, tires were scrubbing and lasted to an expected 8000km, due to major toe-in suspension condition at the rear; not the fault of the tire.

Z1SS felt less traction than XS due to the fact with XS, the suspension had -2.5 camber, much more aggressive. The tires are a major contributor to making handling better, suspension tuning brings out the tires full potential in handling. I suspect the Z1SS may handle better with an agressive setup (same setup as previosly mounted for Kumho XS) Handling felt more like sub R-comp with slightly lower psi and was a little more forgiving yet still sharp. At higher psi, and purpose tuned suspension the handling is quite sharp, very sharp. Rear tires have 10% tread left, zero tire squirm (due to previous excessive toe-in; front tires have 95% left. Highly recommended to tune suspension & driver to match.

They will give you excellent try traction, yielding different driving lines at the track and they stick so well at optimal temperatures that it really is difficult to find the limit of traction; These tires will give sub r-compound like traction for competative, HDPE and standard road application use. I would highly recommend any driver try Z1SS before using R-comp. These tires are the BEST choice for a road use, HPDE, light competition, and daily commute; at a reasonable price too. This product has an excellent position on the market.

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

Monday, April 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2007 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Irvine, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 24, 2012

I bought these tires for a 2007 Honda S2000 as a replacement for the stock Bridgestone Potenza RE-050 non Run-flat. These had worn down to wear indicators by 45K miles and the road noise was now being fully transferred through the chassis and into the cabin where it had become unbearably loud.

I was looking for a bit more width and I happened upon these. The stock rubber had a tread width around 9” and these 255s reigned in at 10.2” with minimal tire bulge (if any). Ding!Ding!

During the break in period I observed posted speed limits and kept my speeds around corners >/= 20 MPH over, which is not even working this car’s suspension. I felt as thought the sidewall was flexing in an exaggerated manner; the rear of the car felt like it was wiggling upon any sort of steering input and it felt very unsettling around corners. I felt as thought I made a huge error.

Then right around 300 miles, the tires must have settled in – all of these conditions are gone and the car has never felt more stable, responsive, or planted. I will continue buying these tires for the rear of the car, provided they wear decently. Now the fronts…

While I was tempted to take advantage of this series of tires’ wide contact patch/squared shoulders for the front, I am thinking I need to stick with 215s instead of bumping it up to 225s. Stock Re-050s are only about 6.6” in width, probably contributing greatly to the car’s uber-responsive turn-in. These G-force 2’s have almost 8.5” of tread width on the 215s – that’s crazy wide. These ain’t no pizza cutters! The last thing I want to do is numb this car’s steering or add too much in the way of unsprung mass.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25

2006 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 16,000
Location: Setauet, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 16,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2012

These have actually lasted me a decent amount of time, including a trip to the dragon. They did lose grip over time, they don't have good grip if the ground is cold or rainy, then they are rather useless with a turbocharged s2000, but the have held up. These held up better then the Falken AZENIS RT-615, which didn't finish the trip to the dragon (about 500 miles of the dragon itself), but the RT-615s did have better grip in my opinion.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12

2006 Honda S2000 SCCA STR Class
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: San Jose, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2012

Right off the bat, I immediately noticed the tire has a ton of dry grip, and its amazingly quiet. Switching from the RE760 right before the S04, the wet traction is a big step of improvement. The tire response is darty, and cornering ability has been very good and very stable.
After wearing off the outer case the grip is even more impressive. I have to say this is the first tire that I ever used with this many balanced benefits while keeping such a high tread-wear rating.

A few things I have observed so far. The "sweet spot" tire pressure is sensitive. I have to tweak it a few times to get to where I really liked, and more or less than that 3 psi range will not let you take advantage of its full potential.

The other thing I wish it was different for the S04 PP was I was hoping symmetrical patterns. So I can rotate the tires inside out when toe/camber wear becomes noticeable. I later discovered the inner tire compound are designed to last longer than the grippier outer blocks. If your car/alignment setting does not have aggressive toe setting or the 1000 mile extra life is not a concern to you, then the S04PP is a great choice.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7
 
 

2004 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 10000
Location: Nashville, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10000 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2012

Just put these back on after running the summer with Hankook Ventus v12 k110s that are +10mm wide. Can't say enough great things about these tires! Great steering response, very communicative and confident.

These got me home after a 2" ice storm last year and I was able to pass by stranded AWD cars in my little RWD - a big task and the Continentals stepped up!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25

2006 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
March 04, 2012

So far, loving this tire! This is the first Max Performance tire I have ran in a many years. I have always used Extreme tires like the RE11, AD08, XS, and Star Spec. Believe it or not(on the street), this tire feels a lot like them. Steering response is fantastic, and I love how stiff the sidewalls are. They seem to have about as stiff as a sidewall as my previous Advan AD08s, minus all the tire noise. Very smooth tire, and barely any tire noise. My first choice was going to be the Michelin PSS, but they do not offer a 255/40/17, so I went with the S04s. So far, very happy, and I'm sure they will continue to impress.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact SSR

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact SSRReviewer's Overall Rating: 4.82

2008 Mini Cooper
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Miles driven on tires: 29,000
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 29,000 Miles on Tires
March 06, 2012

Two sets of this same tire in 59,000 miles over 50 months, and both sets had similar results.Ratings are averages for full life of use. When newer --first 10k-- they performed much better in all conditions including wet. But as they wore out they became progressively slicker and apt to hydroplaning in any wet conditions. Tried many different pressure settings, and kept good maintenance of them including frequent rotation. Very disappointed in how they behaved in last half of their life.
Don't even think of using them in any snow, especially after first 5-10k! Horrid traction in even light snow. I could put up with some diminishing of grip and handling if they were astounding when new, but that is not the case.
They did have "decent" handling response and predictable action in most driving conditions (and that includes white knuckles in rain) when newer, but consistently have a very hard/harsh feel, even with setting lower pressure. Not sure if this is due to run flats or the suspension setup on the MINI, or both. Won't get these again. Probably should have researched these more when I replaced first set, too. Unfortunately not a lot of choices for all season run flats for this wheel size... might try the Yokohama AVID ENVigor ZPS, though no test results yet... (Or maybe just get summer tires and dedicated winter treads and wheels like I do for my other two cars - RX-8 & S2000.)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, March 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.71
 
 

2007 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 2500
Location: Tampa, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2500 Miles on Tires
November 24, 2011

Replaced the stock Bridgestone RE-050 tires on my S2000 with Pilot Super Sport tires. I was lured in by all the positive reviews, the low-ish price, low weight, and a recommendation from a friend that has the same tires. I have to admit that I've been pretty disappointed so far. The Michelins excel (in a big way) at providing a soft, quiet ride on cars using "performance street" summer tires. But they fall well short of the direct competition in dry traction while cornering. The sidewalls fold over quite easily, and the tire compound just isn't up to anything but leisurely strolls around a wide radius corner.

I think that this would be a great tire for a sport sedan (like a BMW 5 Series, or similar) where you would be replacing a set of all-season rubber. If you're more interested in cornering stability and traction than a soft, quiet ride, though, you'd be better served shopping a different tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus R-S3

Friday, February 17, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus R-S3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

2002 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 5000
Location: Largo, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2012

Awesome tires, especially for the money. I purchased these to replace a set of Kumho Ecstas that couldn't find the pavement if it was raining out, and we exceptionally noisy which was getting worse by the day. The Hankooks are quiet for a Ultra HP Tire, I rated treadwear as a 5, but I honestly had poor expectations to begin with due to the very soft compound. They are so soft, if you drive on pavement with small gravel such as old asphalt, the tires pick up every single small speck, and you will hear it for several hundred feet after pulling onto a newer surface hitting your fender wells.I highly recommend these if you are looking for the closest thing to a racing tire for your street ride. Once my backs wear down to the indicators (very cool feature built in that tells you when wet performance is gone), I am going to keep them for track days, and put new ones on for the day to day rainy/dry street use.
BEfore I got these I forgot how well the S could handle with the right tires, these tires actually make me want to upgrade the suspension to see what it can really do!!

 

Project STR Trophies in the Largest Class at the 2011 Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals

Friday, September 9, 2011 by Tire Rack Motorsports
Whew, that was tough. The 2011 Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals, that is, where the STR class was the largest with 64 drivers going head-to-head; and man, oh man, was it a battle.

Chris Harvey sweeps through the showcase turn on the fast East courseWe drove on the faster East course on day one, designed by GRM’s Andy Hollis. His course featuring a mix of transitions and fast sections had us to the rev limiter in three places. The S2000s ruled the day holding down most of the top spots. Our project drivers John Rogers and Chris Harvey finished the day in 17th and 18th place, just 0.046 seconds apart, respectively. Day two moved over to the West course, which featured endless slaloms and narrow transitions. Once again the powerful S2000s lead the way, with Robert Thorne needing his final run to edge out class newcomer Nicholas Bargato by a scant 0.002 second. Rogers was able to use the nimble handling of our MX-5 to haul himself up to 13th spot and in the trophies, as the second fastest MX-5 at the event. Harvey was not quite in sync with the car on this day, and slipped to 22nd, just 0.7 seconds behind Rogers. The corner worker's hand up confirms it's plus one pylon penalty for Project STR

Amazingly, after more than 2 minutes of driving the first 30 drivers were separated by less than 3 seconds, just 2%. Autocross is a game of inches where every one counts, and the tight STR class finishing order really shows this. Complete results for the Street Touring Roadster class can be found here.




Project STR Faces Some Tough Competition

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 by Tire Rack Motorsports
Chris Harvey drives flat outOur lead project drivers Chris Harvey and John Rogers pointed the red Mazda MX-5 towards Toledo, Ohio for last weekend’s Tire Rack SCCA Northern States Championship. With lots of room, smooth concrete and high grip, this is one of the best venues east of the Mississippi. The two-day combined time event featured 50-second courses that were fast and relatively wide open – proven by our onboard Race Technology data logger that showed nearly 40% of each run was spent at full throttle, about double what we find at most events.

Until this past weekend, our car had displayed a tendency towards power-on oversteer at nearly every site we’ve raced at over the past year and a half. However, massive understeer was the story for us on day one. No matter how much we provoked it, the rear end would not slide and would lock down in transitions. This ultimately limited how early we could get back to the throttle exiting every corner, killing our speed at the end of each straight. The fast rev-happy Honda S2000 CR of Geoff Walker showed everyone in the 23-car STR field just how fast the class could go, leaving Chris and John in 5th and 8th place respectively.

Cornering improved on day 2 thanks to adjustments to the KW Clubsport suspensionAfter making some adjustments to our prototype KW Clubsport coil-overs, as well as our driving style, day two saw our car balance improve with the now rubbered in course. Rogers was able to post the third fastest STR class time of the day, with Harvey just a tenth of a second behind.

While sorting out the mystery understeer issue was somewhat frustrating, we learned and realized two things. One, we now have some tuning tools in our toolbox to solve future handling issues. And two, this is not Lincoln, Nebraska where the National Championship event will be held in just eight weeks. We’ll be sure to read through our logbook from prior trips out to Lincoln to better understand how to tune the car to optimize for Project STR's final 2011 event.

Project STR Competes in 4 Events in 3 Weeks

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 by Tire Rack Motorsports
It's been a busy few weeks for Project STR as the summer race season has finally made its way to the Midwest with three back-to-back weekends of competition.

First up was an outing to the Tri-State Sports Car Club event at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL for a shake down on the installation of our new KW Clubsport suspension. Coil Spring rubs against the shock body creating a bind in the suspensio ntravel.Installation went well, but during the event driver Chris Harvey noticed some unusual handling characteristics. Investigation revealed that machining on one of the prototype rear shock mounts allowed the spring coils to come in contact with the shock body, creating a significant bind. Once back home, shimming the angle of the top mount canted the spring enough to clear the shock body, and solved the problem. We’re using the first prototype, so the final production piece will be corrected to prevent this from happening.

The KW Clubsport suspension was put to the ultimate test over the Memorial Day weekend as Harvey and co-driver John Rogers drove the car 600 miles to Lincoln, NE for the Tire Rack SCCA Spring Double Nationals with back-to-back Pro Solo and National Tour events. At the Pro, Rogers was quick early on, but faded on day two, slipping back to 7th, one out of the trophies. Harvey was able to capitalize on his day-two runs, jumping up to the 3rd spot, right behind the S2000s of Robert Thorne and James Yom.

Here’s a video look at the right side course on day two.     

Chris Harvey makes a rear shock adjustment on our new KW Clubsport Coil-Over suspensionAt the National Tour event, rain was the story on day one, as the first two heats were run in soaked to just wet conditions. A drying course for our heat meant it would come down to the third and final run to get it done. Adding to the challenge was the sheer size of the course, lasting 75 seconds per run and covering the entire area normally devoted to two courses. Rogers struggled to find his rhythm in several of the four long slaloms on the course, slotting into the 16th spot out of 26 drivers. Harvey fared better, posting the 7th fastest time in the class, and the quickest for a 3rd gen Mazda MX-5 as the field tried to chase down the gaggle of Honda S2000s that lead the pack. Hot temperatures and high winds greeted our drivers on day two. In the end, our team wasn’t able to find enough speed to catch the leaders, with Harvey taking the 8th and final trophy spot and Rogers moving up one to 15th overall.

Back home in Indiana, Chris Harvey took some time to compete in the 19th annual Yokohama/Tire Rack/Windy City BMW Club Charity Challenge held at the Tire Rack test track. All non-BMWs are lumped together in the “everything else” class competing heads up with no index factor. Harvey put his local track knowledge to good use as he drove his way through the tight and tricky course set-up by the Windy City crew. When the dust settled Chris had the 3rd fastest non-BMW and the 4th fastest time of the event. Not too bad considering the cars ahead of him were rolling on sticky Hoosier R-compound tires, versus the Hankook Ventus R-S3 street tires currently on our MX-5.
Project STR takes a moments rest during a busy race weekend
Next up will be the Tire Rack SCCA National Tour in Toledo, OH over the July 4th weekend.

Project STR Roars Back To Life

Monday, March 14, 2011 by Tire Rack Motorsports
After a long winter hibernating in Florida at the Grassroots Motorsports headquarters, Project STR finally saw some action this weekend at the Tire Rack SCCA Dixie National Tour in Cecil, Georgia. Project STR waits its turn during the Tire Rack SCCA Dixie National TourTire Rack drivers Chris Harvey and John Rogers packed their bags and headed for Georgia to compete against 27 other drivers in the burgeoning STR class, which was twice the size of the next largest class this weekend.

Despite a challenge from Darren DiSimo and his '99 Mazda Miata, Harvey came out of the gate swinging, laying down a flyer on his third run to secure the lead heading into day two. Rogers managed to hit cones on his first two runs, however landed a clean and safe third run to put himself in seventh place after the first day. As a combined time event, the best run from each day counts toward the total time, so it’s important to do well both days. Sunday’s round wouldn’t be an easy task for the drivers, as the rest of the class was eager to chase down Chris Harvey's lead. In typical event fashion, the course was driven in the opposite direction from Saturday, Chris Harvey charges to his first win of the 2011 seasonadding to the challenge. The Honda S2000s used their high revs and extra power to their advantage, with Geoff Walker and his S2000 CR posting a faster time than our MX-5. But Harvey’s lead from day one was enough for him to hold onto the top spot, scoring our first win of the year. Rogers cleaned up his act and avoided hitting any cones, posting the fourth fastest time of the day, which placed him fifth overall for the weekend.

As you may remember, we also kicked off the project last year at the Dixie National Tour event, but with a car that was bone-stock with no performance modifications. Our guys were just over 8 seconds behind the winner, but still managed an 8th place finish. Fast forward to today, if we had performed the same, our car would have landed way back in 27th place. This just shows how much the class as a whole has improved, as more drivers with better-prepared cars come out to play. It’s an exciting class, and one we’re glad to be a part of.
Who says you can't take it with you? Sure, there's plenty of room in the MX-5 for two drivers and all of their gear.
Now, if only the rest of the season can go as well as our first event. We have some additional improvements and tuning planned in an effort to keep our car out in front.