Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus Z214

Having recently graduated to Hoosier R7s from R-Comps (Toyo R888s) on my E36 BMW M3 at the track (and LOVE them) I wanted to up the ante on my hot rod Porsche as well. Not able to fit Hoosiers to my current car set up I looked for something similar which would fit the car and these were the only candidates. The Hankooks are in no way directly comparable to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R

My experience is autoX and road/track events (HPDE, HSAX, etc), as well as extremely spirited around town driving. My S2000 is modified for SCCA's STR class, and has basic bolt-ons, coilovers, front sway bar. Running -2.2* camber.These tires are the fastest, grippiest street tire on the market (Q3-2016). Only way to get more grip or performance is to go to...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier A7

I have run many track tires and by far these hoosier A7s are the stickiest most predictable compound ever. I run the 275/35/15 on a 2200lb, 215 front wheel horsepower supercharged Focus (yes,a Ford Focus) on all 4 corners and first time out set the Super Unlimited track record (1:48.7 seconds) at a 14 turn,2.3 mile road course (Whiskey Hill Raceway in...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier R7

So R7s are my first step up from R888s, Advans, Pilot Sport Cups and Pirelli Corsa (on newer Porsches) and other like R comps through 10 years of track experience. I replaced worn out R888 245/45/17's at 4 corners of my trusty old track prepared '98 M3 - first thing of note, the tires are substantially wider in sectional width than like sized other brands of...  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

Toyo Proxes R888: A Good Balance of Track Performance and Longevity

Today is a great day to be an automotive enthusiast. The performance available from today's vehicles is better than it has ever been before and there are large numbers of racetracks across the country opening their gates to the public for open lapping days. With more and more drivers on tracks, the demand for Extreme Performance Summer tires and dedicated...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN A048

I have the AO48's for track tires and AD07's for the street. The LTS tires seem to have a little less grip than the M compound AO48's I had before, but look like they are wearing less quickly. Very responive and progressive on the track. May try Toyo R888 or Hoosier R6 next time if I don't buy another set of these.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier R7

Just finished running my first set of R7s on the front of my BMW 135 race car at Putnam park. First, grip levels are excellent (at least as good as the R6). Second, the new tread pattern minimizes tire deformation under extreme track conditions (they wore perfectly flat across the tire). Third, one set lasted an entire 3-day track weekend. Typically I'll use...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier R7

I ran the R7s on my track car last season for time trialing and lapping days. The tires performed extremely well in all conditions, I even ran them in the wet (no real standing water) and was impressed with the overall traction. Grip was incredible and consistant in all temps, even at the end of 30 minute sessions. Placed 2nd & 1st in my 1st time trial event...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Highly spirited driver here, with racing experience (Raced on Hoosier (#1), Toyo RA-1, Goodyear RS, Kumho V710). Came close to beating Wayne Leuthold at Mid Ohio. First set of Michelin tires for me. Awesome all around every day tire. So far tread wear is great. Very predictable, doesn't have the turn in feel I was expecting and you can feel the sidewalls...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R

Best cup tire ever for Audi R8. 1.2Gs in the corners, superb ride quality for both DD and Highway, better wet handling than Hoosiers or Michelin Cups, and longer life than both due to thicker inner and outer shoulders. Should not be used or stored at temperatures under 40df, but otherwise works great as a primary set of tires.   Read More

The Continental ContiForceContact Now Available in United States

This year, we've added another Streetable Track & Competition tire to our line-up and are pleased to introduce the Continental ContiForceContact. Designed to compete with popular tires such as the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup and Toyo Proxes R888, the ContiForceContact (80 treadwear) has a compound that's soft enough to be competitive in a track environment,...  Read More

How to Choose the Correct Track Tires

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...  Read More

The New Hoosier A7 Versus the Hoosier A6

For many years, drivers looking for race-winning performance in an autocross tire turned to the Hoosier A6. Not only are Hoosier race tires high quality, competitive products, they're made right here in Indiana. Building on the success of the Hoosier A6 is the all-new A7.   Hoosier's A7 is a DOT-legal slick tread design with alternating five-dash...  Read More

Introducing the New Hoosier A7

Hoosier has long been the gold standard when looking for the best racetrack and autocross tires. This season they have launched the new DOT A7 Radial. The tire replaces the widely popular Hoosier A6 and aims to set the bar even higher. DOT A7 Radials are Racetrack & Autocross Only tires developed for drivers who compete in autocross, time trial...  Read More

Hoosier Tires Made in Indiana!

If you're looking for race-winning performance in an autocross or road race tire, look no further than Hoosier Racing tires! Not only are Hoosier tires of outstanding quality, they're made right here in Indiana. Hoosier A6 Hoosier R6 Manufactured in Plymouth, Indiana, Hoosier's tires are popular for competition use in: Autocross Road Racing High Performance...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Use these as my street tires, in 255/35R19 front and 275/30R19 rear, mounted on a set of Volk TE37SL wheels (19x9.5 & 19x11) on my extensively modified M3. For reference, track tires are usually PS Cups, or Nitto/Hoosier R-comps.First off, these are the ONLY Street Tires I have run on this car that aren't immediately overpowered by the brakes, which...  Read More

Which Competition Tires Suit Your Needs Best?

Many are already thinking about the 2014 track season and some of those that live in warm climates are still racing. Wherever you may reside, choosing a competition tire can be overwhelming, especially for the beginner. Racetrack & Autocross Only Majority of tires in this class feature a slick type design that offers the top in dry traction, steering response,...  Read More

Hoosier A6 vs. R6: Which to Choose?

The Hoosier A6 and R6 are two of the most successful DOT-legal racing tires in recent years. A6 and R6 tires look identical, but are designed for different types of competition. How do you know which is best for your vehicle? The Hoosier A6 was developed with autocross competition in mind. It uses a softer compound for maximum grip and comes up to...  Read More

Hoosier Race Tires - Do I Need the A6 or R6 Compound?

Here at Tire Rack, we are lucky to be within a short distance of one of the best race tire manufacturers in the country: Hoosier Racing Tire. It all began in the early 1950s when Robert Newton raced on small asphalt tracks around northern Indiana. Bob, was not satisfied with driving on street tires, so he decided to produce tires specifically designed for...  Read More