Passenger Car Summer Trackday and Competition Tyres

Below are all the reviewed passenger car summer trackday and competition tyres on Tyre Reviews. Please click into each tyre for further details.

Tyre Reviewed Dry Grip Wet Grip Feedback Handling Wear Comfort
Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar 3R (3) 97% 75% 97% 97% 70% 90%
Bridgestone Potenza Race (4) 98% 70% 95% 95% 75% 75%
Toyo Proxes RA1 (3) 97% 73% 97% 73% 93% 67%
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup (3) 100% 70% 97% 90% 73% 60%
Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08R (43) 95% 73% 91% 93% 72% 70%
Yokohama Advan Neova AD09 (13) 94% 72% 91% 92% 73% 71%
Yokohama Advan A052 (11) 99% 77% 92% 96% 54% 71%
Kumho V70a (19) 99% 78% 90% 86% 57% 69%
Falken Azenis RT660 (3) 100% 60% 93% 97% 77% 40%
Bridgestone Potenza RE 71RS (3) 100% 87% 80% 100% 50% 43%
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (18) 96% 59% 90% 92% 61% 75%
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect (9) 93% 70% 85% 88% 60% 76%
Dunlop Direzza DZ03 (7) 94% 66% 89% 89% 71% 47%
Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R (3) 100% 60% 93% 93% 70% 60%
Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport R (4) 87% 67% 93% 90% 63% 63%
Continental ExtremeContact Force (3) 93% 55% 93% 93% 87% 60%
Federal 595RSPRO (10) 89% 68% 76% 88% 73% 62%
Toyo R888 R (26) 93% 64% 85% 88% 64% 63%
Dunlop Direzza 03G (12) 94% 65% 89% 89% 47% 61%
Accelera 651 Sport (24) 82% 71% 77% 75% 74% 73%
Nankang AR 1 (34) 91% 47% 84% 87% 73% 64%
Avon ZZR (11) 89% 61% 69% 86% 70% 70%
Nitto NT01 (8) 95% 50% 88% 89% 70% 44%
Yokohama Advan A048 (9) 96% 53% 96% 81% 51% 56%
Yokohama Advan A050 (5) 98% 46% 94% 92% 28% 65%
Accelera 651 Sport XTRA (3) 90% 70% 80% 60% 55% 60%
Federal 595RSR (51) 86% 66% 76% 80% 72% 57%
Toyo R888 (36) 90% 64% 80% 80% 59% 57%
Extreme Performance VR2 (7) 90% 55% 86% 87% 61% 36%
Achilles 123S (13) 91% 64% 81% 82% 58% 57%
Nitto NT555 G2 (5) 80% 63% 83% 78% 73% 68%
Dmack TrackDay (3) 93% 33% 90% 87% 63% 57%
Falken Azenis RT 615 (4) 80% 53% 75% 78% 78% 55%
Federal 595RSRR (6) 96% 52% 84% 86% 53% 42%
Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08RS (30) 73% 64% 73% 72% 79% 68%
Hankook Ventus TD Z221 (3) 97% 57% 93% 97% 17% 20%
Achilles ATR K Sport (4) 63% 70% 67% 50% 53% 50%

Passenger Car Summer Trackday and Competition Tyres with no reviews

Achilles 123, Atturo AZ850DR, Avon CR500, Avon ZZS, BFGoodrich g Force Sport Comp 2, BFGoodrich gForce R1, Bridgestone Potenza RE55, Bridgestone Potenza S007 RS, Davanti Protoura Race, Dunlop Direzza DZ02, Dunlop Sport Maxx Race 2, Dunlop SportMaxx Race, Extreme Performance VR1, Falken Azenis RT 615 K, Federal FZ201, General G Max RS, Giti GitiCompete GTR2, Giti GitiCompete GTR3, Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G2, Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport RS, Hankook Ventus RSS Z211, Hankook Ventus Z213, Hankook Ventus Z214, Interstate RACEDNRT, Kumho Ecsta V370, Maxxis ZR9 Victra, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Plus, MRF ZTR, Nitto NT05R, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo RS, Pirelli Slick DHB, Reference Slick, Sailun Atrezzo RO1, Toyo DRR1 Drag Slick, Toyo Proxes RR, Toyo Proxes RS1, Toyo Proxes RS1, Toyo Proxes TQ, Yokohama Advan A032R

Passenger Car Summer Trackday and Competition Tyres Tyre Review Highlights

Accelera 651 Sport XTRA rated 80% while driving a Toyota GR Yaris
Driving on track for 3000 spirited miles
I’ve been using this for this year’s track season on my GR Yaris after having previously used them on drift cars. Decided to be a bit more budget friendly after using A052’s last year, I knew there would be a trade off in lap time but at the same time a set of four 651 Xtras with one of the regular discounts they offer is the same price as one A052 which is a considerable saving.

The elephant in the room that everyone wants to know is the lap times. I have no doubt that a dedicated semi slick would be quicker than these, that’s not even up for debate. But they’re not marketed as being the fastest tyre, fundamentally they’re aimed at drifters and you can tell with how controllable they are past the limit. That limit is lower than the expensive tyres when it comes to lateral G’s but they’re also less prone to snapping on you too, choosing to slide progressively instead. For comparison’s sake when cornering I could manage 1.25G on an A052 but the 651 Xtra can only do 1.1G and I think that’s where the time is lost on a track.

My experiments with them on my GR Yaris however have yielded a new PB so far this year at Knockhill so they’re not exactly a slow tyre. They switch on quickly and with the occasional cool down lap I was doing 20 lap sessions on them, peak grip comes early but you know when it’s gone because I found myself starting to miss apexes. Cool them down and they come back to you.

I’ve taken them to Crail raceway and managed a 1.7s 60ft time on the concrete 1/4 mile track with 400hp and launch control which shows they have plenty of straight line traction, the road surface there is awful and dusty.

I’ve also been using them on the road daily since the weather has got a bit warmer. Stay away from them when it’s freezing out but when milder - say 8+C - they’re nice to drive on. Steering feels pointy and they’re progressive when you want to accidentally slide on “oil” on roundabouts.

In terms of wear I’ve done 3 trackdays and a couple thousand miles on the road and despite the 100TW fears they’re holding up well. All four tyres still have 3-4mm left, wear is pretty even except for the front left which has been the one to go first around Knockhill with the heavy right handers, the surface looks a bit melty. But still life in them.

If you just want to go to the track, drive around enjoying yourself all day and get home afterwards I can’t think of a better proposition for the money. Of course a tyre 3-4x the price will be quicker, these aren’t breaking the laws of physics. For under £100 a tyre with regular discounts they’re great for getting cheap seat time and having fun.

Would definitely buy these again.
tyre reviewed on 2024-04-18 09:10:47
Accelera 651 Sport XTRA rated 78% while driving a Mazda RX8
Driving on mostly country roads for 2000 spirited miles
Update to my review above after having owned these tyres for over a year. First off, I'm still impressed by the grip that these achieve for the price. Just a little bit of warmth in them and they are extremely sticky. With that in mind, after participating in an autosolo and putting a moderate heat cycle through them they are ever so slightly less grippy than when new. This is mainly noticeable on the rear wheels which seems just a little bit more willing to lose traction but nothing major. This is to be expected of any tyre really, as they will harden and lose grip as they age.

Also, after a year of use, the front tyres are cracking slightly within the tread which did show up on my MOT. This isn't necessarily the end of the tyre as they still function perfectly, but it may cause future MOT fails is the perishing worsens. That's not exceptional lifetime for a tyre but then these are budget semi-slicks so you shouldn't expect long lifetimes from them - especially if you're using them as intended.

Overall, grip is still what these tyres were always about and they still have plenty of it.

As a side note, if you're interested in amateur motorsport such as autosolos please be aware most clubs don't permit the use of semi-slick tyres. This unfortunately includes the accelera 651s along with yoko ado8, nankang ns2r/ar1 etc. It's a very annoying rule as it means that the only real way to enjoy the grip these tyres provide is to spend hundreds on a track day.
tyre reviewed on 2024-03-28 04:41:01
Yokohama Advan Neova AD09 rated 90% while driving a Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4 ZC33S
Driving on a combination of roads for 500 spirited miles
Amazing tyres for lightweight platform (car weigh under a ton). Cornering ability has improved dramatically, it feels like the car has been fitted with LSD, the harder the car is push into the corner, the more it goes into the corner (OEM tyre, CSC5, would resist and step out). Now the car feel so much more eager to rotate. Astonishingly, the tyre also make the car more settled, I suspect due to stiffer sidewall which let the suspension do its job better. Steering feel has also improved considerably, more granular feeling.
A little bit greasy on the wet but it's ok since the tyre will communicate this through the steering wheel. The noise it generate is of different pitch than OEM, more of a rumble instead of a roar. It will start making considerable noise at 30km/h but strangely doesn't get any noisier.
tyre reviewed on 2024-03-24 19:03:30
MRF ZTR rated 61% while driving a Mercedes Benz A45 S AMG
Driving on track for 0 average miles
Best for track day, better than other top rated slicks but has less life
tyre reviewed on 2024-03-23 17:50:03
Dunlop Direzza DZ02 rated 80% while driving a Mercedes Benz C200 CGI with amg wheels
Driving on mostly town for 500 average miles
Excellent day-track performance tyre. Amazing handling even on the wet. But the comfort and noise level are kinda bad. If you are looking for total performance with super best price then this is the one. But if you are looking for supreme comfort and silent tyre.. then this is not the one thar you looking for
tyre reviewed on 2024-03-12 23:15:50
Federal 595RSR rated 20% while driving a Holden Commodore VE
Driving on mostly motorways for 7000 average miles
Absolute worst tyre you can buy. Lasted 12,000km on my commodore. The only good thing about them is the way they look. Bought them 2 years prior for close to $1000 and only did 6000km a year with them and I was told by multiple reputable companies that they were bald and out of shape. Drone is absolutely out of this world. Hydroplaned the whole way in the wet and could feel the feedback in the steering wheel the whole time. Still drove the car as I needed it for work but heart rate was through the roof the whole time and focus was absolutely essential. DO NOT BUY THESE TYRES, ABSOLUTE RUSBBISH BY FEDERAL. Used to have the Couragias on my 4x4 and they never let me down - don’t know how they thought they’d survive.
tyre reviewed on 2024-03-10 04:37:02
Toyo R888 R rated 31% while driving a Mazda Mazda Miata
Driving on track for 0 spirited miles
After running four sets of these tires, at High Plains Raceway, Sonoma Raceway, and Laguna Seca, I can't say I am quite impressed of the tires. They seem to melt too easily and the grip drops like a rock once you get a degree too hot. It also didn't help when I had poor suspension, but even with a whole new suspension system (talking about coilovers, control arms, drop spindles, the whole pizza), the tires feel a bit dated. This is by no means a diss or a bash towards Toyo, as they do make good tires, this review may not seem the best either, from my experience however, I have posted consistently slow lap times because of these tires. I do hope Toyo will make a new compound as well as design in the near future.

TLDR: Not recommended for use of track.
tyre reviewed on 2024-03-04 08:13:56
Nitto NT555 G2 rated 63% while driving a Ford Mustang GT Convertible
Driving on a combination of roads for 12000 spirited miles
These tires perform best when you can get them hot. Under 60 degrees (F) they are noticeably slicker, I only run these tires in the late spring and summer. These tires have a fairly rigid sidewall so don't expect them to ride like a grand touring tire. The amount of feedback in the tire is pretty good. I found these tires like to pull the car into the ruts of the road. I get the tires spinning pretty often at intersections and in parking lots and so far haven't had any excess wear or chunking issues. You can get away with the speed limit in light rain, but in moderate and heavy rain you will be going at least 5-10 mph under the posted speed. Expect the rear end to slide out often and expect fairly long stopping distances in the wet.
tyre reviewed on 2024-02-14 09:52:58
Nankang AR 1 rated 78% while driving a Nissan Skyline R34
Driving on a combination of roads for 400 spirited miles
R34 RWD G35 turbo 700WHP rolls/straights.
Slight spin on boost 1st gear compared to Mickey ET Street(no spin, rolls- not launches). Better than R888R(spins 1st + 2nd + slight 3rd since day1. Won't get r888r ever again. AR1 definitely grips very well. finally back in control after 2 years of horrid r888r. Just bought last week. Turning feels great but I'm no circuit expert. Used to have slight oversteer before now it's perfect.
tyre reviewed on 2024-02-07 09:47:29
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rated 75% while driving a Porsche 718 Spyder
Driving on a combination of roads for 4000 spirited miles
My ratings are based on a road driven car, I do not think this is an ideal road tire.
This tire takes some time to get some heat into it. Often I think on the road it takes too long or you never actually get it up to temps depending on your drive, ambient temps and speeds.
When the tires are cold (or don't have sufficient heat in them), the grip levels aren't that great, I've lost rear traction around round abouts even after driving the car a while and thinking there was heat in the tires. I think a tire like the Pilot 4S or the new upcoming S5 will be a better street tire.
tyre reviewed on 2024-02-06 14:49:12
Yokohama Advan Neova AD09 rated 84% while driving a Honda Civic FK2 Type R
Driving on a combination of roads for 600 average miles
Down size from HANKOK VENTUS S1 EVO3 255/40/18 To AD08, totally different character . impress me for every corner , so much confident for the ride. Grippy tire .
tyre reviewed on 2024-02-01 21:28:18
Accelera 651 Sport rated 51% while driving a Fiat 500 Abarth
Driving on a combination of roads for 4000 spirited miles
The Accelera 651 Sport is marketed as an All-Around multipurpose semi-slick; capable of enduring the demands of performance driving while also providing good road manners. I did not find this to be the case.

This review comes after having had two sets of these tyres(2k miles each) in their 200 Treadwear compound fitted to my 290hp big turbo Abarth 500; each time only enduring one trackday before being rendered useless. Tyre temperatures were monitored and pressures were set to 30PSI hot, front and rear for trackdays. 30PSI cold for road use.

Dry grip was comparable to a budget road tyre, non-existent and inconsistent. On track they displayed a significant oversteer bias with inconsistent front axle grip and really rather soft sidewalls for a semi-slick. The surface of the tyres wore quite heavily on the inside edge, suggesting they are not suited to aggressive front end alignments in "grip" use, front axle camber was set to -3.5 degrees, backed off to -1.7 after multiple laps. Rear axle camber was -0.5, rear tyres wore reasonably evenly.

In the wet these tyres offer about 70% of the grip they have in the dry, suggesting the tread pattern is really rather good at evacuating water and the compound is not too terribly temperature sensitive.

Speaking of temperature, these tyres withstood multiple heat cycles with no real drop in performance over their lifespan, so(as suggested by the website) would probably make very good rear axle tyres for high power drift cars. Minimal feathering was observed by the end of each trackday.

On the road, these were extremely noisy(even more so than any other track tyre I've ever used), wore at an accelerated rate, were very squirrely in the wet at 50% and below tread depth and despite having soft sidewalls for track use were extremely stiff on the road.

I would recommend the 651 Sport if you are needing an *extremely* affordable semi-slick on the rear axle of a front wheel drive track car or are trying to encourage oversteer in a FWD track car. Otherwise, you would be better served by the Nankang NS2R 180TW tyre in similar sizing which has longer life, better grip, better feedback, is less sensitive to aggressive geometry and has similar heat management.
tyre reviewed on 2024-01-24 14:11:05
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