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 Performance Summer tire test. To view the results, take a look at "Testing the Newest Extreme Performance Summer Tires: Witnessing the Evolution of the Species."
The Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R backed our initial impressions and anecdotes from the field. Kumho's Ecsta V720 seemingly came out of nowhere to finish a close second, while the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival S was very close behind. All three tires are fast and have distanced themselves from the last tire tested, the Hankook R-S3 (Version 2). If you're in it to win it, the RE-71R is the best choice (assuming it's available in your vehicle's size).
Is your autocross vehicle your daily driver? There's a price to pay for those quicker laps in the form of faster treadwear, louder tread noise and a harsher ride. If you don't care about road manners or fast treadwear, select one of the aforementioned top three tires. If you're not concerned about getting the best PAX scores consider, you may want to take a look at last year's top Extreme Performance Summer choices, the Hankook Ventus R-S3 and Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec.
There are definitely many great tire choices for those who like to drive, just watch out for those cones!