There are generally two categories of autocross tires.
- The autocross and track only tires which cannot be used on the public roads in daily driving. These are R-compound racing slicks with a narrow tread depth of 4/32″ and near to zero traction in wet conditions. They are designed to provide ultimate performance in dry conditions and that’s why they have a very soft compound with 40 UTQG rating.
- The autocross and street legal tires for car racing enthusiasts who also want to use the same tires in daily driving and
autocrossingon the weekends. These have generally 200 UTQG rating and tread depth of 8/32″.
Below we have covered both categories of the tires. All of the tires mentioned below are the
- 1 Best Daily Driving and Autocross Tires
- 2 Best Competition Autocross Only Tires
Best Daily Driving and Autocross Tires
#1. Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R – Best Performance Autocross Tire
RE-71R is the hands down fastest autocross tire in the market currently. It’s a DOT-legal street tire with UTQG rating of 200 AA.
Potenza RE-71R features a 3 rib design with massive shoulder blocks and slick central rib. The tread design is warranted to give you excellent traction, cornering stability and a lot of steering feedback.
The high performance comes at a cost and that is the comfort and road noise in daily driving. This tire is very firm and noisy at the same time. It’s made for the autocross enthusiasts who are ready to sacrifice their daily driving comfort for the performance.
#2. BFGoodrich G-Force Rival S 1.5 – Runner Up
Rival S 1.5 is the successor of G-Force Rival S with the same tread pattern and compound but with the revised manufacturing process to improve the steering response. It features a 3 rib tread pattern with large shoulder blocks for traction and cornering stability.
Rival S 1.5 has excellent dry traction and cornering stability. It’s front end feel and
In daily driving, Rival S 1.5 is better than RE-71R. Although the ride is firm it’s not as harsh as some other extreme performance summer tires. The tire noise is also better than other competitors in the lineup and much better than RE-71R.
#3. Bridgestone Potenza S007A – Good Autocross Tire for Beginners and Amateurs
If you are just a beginner or autocross occasionally then Potenza S007A is the most suitable autocross tire in our opinion. Bridgestone has discontinued Potenza RE-11 and S007A is
S007A is a good balance between performance and comfort in daily driving. I think it’s the least
However, S007A performance on the track is not like RE-71R and Rival S, but still, it provides good traction and steering response. Unless you are competing in time trials, S007A is a fun
#4. Federal 595 RS-RR – Best Cheap Autocross Tire
If you are on a budget and want to keep your expenses around $500 then this is the best autocross tire for you. RS-RR needs some time to heat up and the traction to kick in. But once heated, it can provide excellent traction and cornering stability. The steering response is sharp that you can turn the wheel with the wrist only.
In our opinion, RS-RR is faster than Direzza ZII Starspec and Hankook RS3/RS4. They give a lot of traction in a straight line or at the corner. So, you will enjoy these more than ZIIs or Hankooks and can get faster lap times. That said, the Rival S 1.5 and RE-71R are faster than RS-RR. Read Full Review
Best Competition Autocross Only Tires
#1. Hoosier A7
Hoosier have a long history of manufacturing racing tires and A7 is quite a popular tire in autocross community. A7 is specifically designed for drag, time trial, and
What makes A7 ideal for autocross is the grip it offers from the word go. It has
Hoosier R7 tires are designed for racetracks and higher temperatures as compared to A7.
#2. Hankook Ventus Z214
Hankook Ventus Z214 is another popular choice for autocross events. Ventus Z214 comes in 2 compounds: C51/Medium compound for track use and the C71/Soft compound tuned for autocross competitions.
Z214 is a good competitive tire and does everything that you need from an autocross tire. It has exceptional longitudinal grip, steering and cornering
It’s difficult to separate the A7 and Z214 as both are quite good. It’s really up to the driver how he modifies the car to extract the best performance out of these tires.