Best Tires for Roadrace and Autocross Events

With spring here, many drivers are getting ready to purchase tires for roadrace or autocross use.   For those who want tires they'll use mostly on the street, but want to do some racing, the Extreme Performance Summer category offers some good options. Tires in this performance category won't give you the fastest lap times compared to competition tires,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

I just got back today from using these for auto-x on my 93 Corvette with Z07 suspension and aggressive alignment. These tires just plain work, even on a heavy car in cold/wet/dry conditions. It was actually snowing and later got up around 45 or a little less. I kept pace (within a couple tenths or so) with near FTD C5Z06 (Hoosiers, not good at all in those...  Read More

Differences Between BFGoodrich's g-Force R1 and g-Force R1 S

As the spring season gets underway and customers begin to shop for race tires, I have taken a few calls concerning the differences between BFGoodrich's Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only offerings, the g-Force R1 and g-Force R1 S. The BFGoodrich g-Force R1 is the tire most suited for extended road course use. It features a more durable compound designed for...  Read More

Search Race Tires by Size Quickly and Easily

Depending on where you live, race season will soon be upon us or is now in full swing for many SCCA racers and other racing organizations. We carry a variety of street legal race tires from Hoosier, BFGoodrich, Michelin, Kumho, Hankook and Toyo. If you know Hoosier is the brand for you, take a look at "Hoosier A6 and R6 Race Tires." While Tire Rack...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Ran last autocross season on the Z1 Star Specs and loved them. They were the Street Touring tire of choice and for good reason. They were done after one season and so it was time for a new tire. The ZII had a huge reputation to live up to because of the great success of the Z1. Just recently ran first autocross of the season this past Saturday in...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

I've owned this car since new and this is the first set of all-season tires I've had on it. I bought them specifically because of multiple magazine reviews that touted their wet handling. The Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs which the car wears in summer are fantastic in dry warm weather but don't work well when temperatures drop below 40 degrees and they lose a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

This tire is hands down the best bang for your buck of any summer performance street tire. The dry and wet grip are outstanding. It has very respectable amount of feedback and is more comfortable than it has any right to be considering how much grip it offers. It has a ridiculous amount of grip for a street tire at nearly all temps. Even down below freezing...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier A6

10 events in the past 2 years on these tires. The tires wear very well on the 11.5 inch wide wheels I use. 50-60 laps on them and at least 50-60 more laps left in treadwear. The tire sticks better after the heat is built up in the tread, and over heating has not been an issue. turn in and overall grip is excellent. traction on acceleration seems to be...  Read More

Race Tires Versus Extreme Performance Summer Tires

I recently had a customer inquire about whether he should use R-compound Track & Competition DOT tires or if the tires in our Extreme Performance Summer category would be more appropriate. His email question is listed below: "Gary, I'm looking for tires for my BMW 335i that I can take to a non-competitive performance driving school to learn track...  Read More

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

First off, I've found this tire to be louder than most... but, this is on a sports car, so I don't really care.For many years I've used the Michelin PS2s, and been very happy with them. I decided to go with the Dunlops based on a few recomendations and their slightly cheaper price. I don't usually track this car, because I have a race car with Hoosier R6s,...  Read More

E46 M3 Track Tires and Wheels

The E46 M3 is great for high-speed cruising and awesome for the track. If you're doing lapping days once a year just make sure your tires and brakes are in good shape. If you're heading to the track every weekend then fix the car's understeer by upgrading your wheels and tires and getting a "track" alignment.   Wheels: Running wider wheels and tires of the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Without any question, this is the best tire in production today for a combo 3 season + going to the track. Nothing else is close. You can drive to the track in the rain, do some rain sessions, do sessions in perfect conditions and do this from spring till fall - and then drive home in a downpour in just above freezing conditions and get home alive. Your...  Read More

Toyo Proxes R888: The Newest Race Compound Offering from Tire Rack

In recent years, performance street tires have come a long way. The amount of performance that can be had from new age Extreme Performance Summertires has lead to rapid growth in competition classes that mandate street tires with a UTQG treadwear of above 140. These tires, which can be driven on the street, allow drivers to commute to their local autocross...  Read More

Wheel and Tire Fitments for Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S Now Available

Since the release of the Subaru BRZ and its twin the Scion FR-S, we have been able to get both vehicles to Tire Rack's headquarters for measurements. First indication is that these very capable cars have been very "under tired" from the factory. Despite its excellent poise and impressive skidpad numbers, the BR-Z and FR-S are shod with a narrow...  Read More

A 2012 Street Tire Auto-X Favorite: Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Although the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec's name is a bit taxing, its popularity and test results have been quite clear. As one of the top Extreme Performance Summer tires, the Z1 Star Spec has been a hit among drivers looking to be competitive in street tire racing classes which demand a treadwear of 140 or higher.It seems that the creation of a new...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force R1 S

Time on street tires: 64.527 time on BFG R1-S 59.209 and that was only my second run. My third and fourth were on a wet track with puddles all over it. I was the only idiot that actually pushed his car and they only lost traction twice (thank you Audi for the wonderful quattro or I may have ended up in the grass) I am giving it a high water rating because...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier A6

100 percent autocross. Good for about 100 runs on the local Big courses, 50+ seconds. No problems with getting too hot, Miata is reasonably light and even with two drivers they have never gotten greasy. Good grip right up until they cord.   Read More

Win, Place or Show with Toyo Motorsports Tires

The first Saturday in May is no ordinary Saturday, especially if you like speed. This day means horses galloping down the stretch at Churchill Downs and even more horsepower on our skidpad. In Louisville, the Race for the Triple Crown begins with the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby. In South Bend, we start the 29th edition of the Tire Rack One Lap...  Read More

UTQG Treadwear Numbers: What Do They Mean?

Often, I receive calls about a tire's life and the tire's relationship to its assigned UTQGtreadwear indicator. UTQG numbers are assigned to indicate a tires overall level of performance and tread hardness. These numbers beginning at 0 for race products and traveling north of 800 for some of the longest lasting all-season tires, are nothing more than a...  Read More

Hoosier A6 and R6 Race Tires

Not only do Hoosier's racing tires provide outstanding performance on the track, but they're also produced right here in Indiana. Experienced road racers and autocrossers who get great performance from this Midwest tire company will tell you to look no further than Hoosier for your race tire needs.Hoosier's racing tires are popular for competition use in...  Read More