Being the main point of contact between the car and the road, tyres play a vital role in the overall performance of the car. The type of tyre that you choose depends on what form of competition that you are involved with. Typically, circuit racing tyres feature either a slick, semi-slick or wet weather tread patterns, while rally tyres are offered in tarmac or gravel patterns. Other tread patterns are available for autograss, track day or historic applications.
As well as being available in a range of tread patterns, some competition tyres also feature a choice of compounds. In general, softer compounds offer increased grip but at the expense of tyre wear. Likewise, harder compounds feature improved tyre wear properties but with a reduced level of grip.
Most of the time, the type of tyres that can be used are governed by the regulations for a specific championship, but if the tyre choice is free, finding the right tyre for you will be the best compromise of your specific requirements. For example, if you are competing on tarmac, slick tyres offer the best levels of grip in dry conditions, but in some cases, more of an all-weather tyre is required. Also worth considering is whether your specific championship requires the use of E-Marked tyres, particularly if there is the need to use public roads.
If you are looking for high performance tyres for use on the road for every day driving, please head over to our Performance department for the full range of road legal tyres.