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Jun 17, 2009

Kumho
Ecsta SPT
The Ecsta SPT has a unique casing construction that allows it to absorb bumps, making it ideal for sports car owners on a budget. Select sizes are available in colored smoke for drifting.
www.kumhousa.com

Sizing 15"–22"
UTQG 180

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Continental
Extreme Contact DW
The DW provides excellent traction and responsive handling in wet and dry conditions, improved ride comfort and better mileage at industry-leading rolling resistance levels. Among the new features are visible letters that alert drivers of the tire’s optimal performance levels.
www.continentaltire.com

Sizing 16"–21"
UTQG 340

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General
Exclaim UHP
Truly a performance tire for all seasons, General Tire’s Exclaim UHP is designed to fit a wide range of performance sports cars, coupes and sedans. This tire delivers excellent grip, handling, traction, cornering and braking in wet and dry conditions.
www.generaltire.com

Sizing 15"–24"
UTQG 380

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Yokohama
YK-520
Available exclusively through Discount Tire Direct, the YK-520 delivers a higher level of performance, all season traction, long mileage and comfortable ride.
www.discounttiredirect.com

Sizing 15"–18"
UTQG 520

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Kumho
Ecsta XS
Designed for SCCA racing that demands high Uniform Tire Quality Grades, the XS delivers unrivaled dry grip with split-second steering response.
www.kumhousa.com

Sizing 15"–19"
UTQG 320–340

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Continental
Extreme Contact DWS
The ExtremeContact DWS (tuned for dry, wet and snow) features a unique asymmetrical tread design for improved grip and braking in dry and wet conditions and an advanced tread compound for improved traction in all weather conditions.
www.continentaltire.com

Sizing 16"–24"
UTQG 540

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Mickey Thompson
ET Street Radial II
This DOT-approved, street-legal drag radial provides responsive and reliable handling, an excellent ride on the street and dependable high-performance on the strip.
www.mickeythompsontires.com

Sizing 14"–18"
UTQG 000

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Falken
Ziex ZE-512
Available exclusively through Discount Tire Direct, Falken’s ZE-512 all-season performance tire features special dual compound that helps deliver reliable all-season traction, and a full-width nylon cap maintains a consistent contact patch for great handling.
www.discounttiredirect.com

Sizing 14"–18"
UTQG 360-420

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BFGoodrich
Advantage T/A
These tires are performance-tested with real-world driving in mind and are designed for aggressive driving and long life.
www.bfgoodrichtires.com

Sizing 15"–18"
UTQG 560

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Toyo
Proxes T1R
This UHP radial is designed exclusively for high-end sport sedans and coupes. It takes advantage of computer simulation technology, providing high-speed stability in both dry and wet conditions with excellent ride comfort.
www.toyotires.com

Sizing 14"–22"
UTQG 280

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Yokohama
S.Drive
The S.drive features Yokohama’s Micro Silica technology, enabling the compound to conform to road surface irregularities and maximize grip. The S.drive boasts a tread pattern designed to optimize cornering confidence, wet traction, on-center feel and even treadwear for performance that lasts.
www.yokohamatire.com

Sizing 15"–20"
UTQG 300

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Nitto
NT05
The NT05 is a maximum-performance summer tire that was developed through extensive computer simulation modeling and on-track testing. These rigorous quality standards helped produce a street tire that provides precise and responsive handling and performance.
www.nittotire.com

Sizing 17"–20"
UTQG 200

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BFGoodrich
G-Force Super Sport A/S
This tire combines all-season control and performance, resulting in a tire that is ready for any corner or straightaway no matter the weather conditions.
www.bfgoodrichtires.com

Sizing 15"–20"
UTQG 400

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Toyo
Proxes R1R
The Proxes R1R is ideal for aggressive street driving, the street touring category of SCCA autocross and the Street classes at time attacks.
www.toyotires.com

Sizing 15"–18"
UTQG 140

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Nitto
Invo
The Invo is an ultra-high-performance street tire. A special tread pattern reduces perceived road noise, provides a comfortable ride and delivers exceptional traction in dry and wet conditions.
www.nittotire.com

Sizing 17"–24"
UTQG 220-260

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Yokohama
Advan Neova AD08
The all-new ADVAN Neova AD08 improves upon the performance of the Neova AD07 with the addition of Yokohama’s new Micro Silica compound with Hyper Density Carbon; giving superior traction in wet and dry conditions.
www.yokohamatire.com

Sizing 15"–19"
UTQG 180

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Hoosier
Radial Wet
Hoosier Sports Car DOT Radial Wet tires were developed for drivers who participate in autocross and road racing events in moderate to heavy rain.
www.tirerack.com

Sizing 14"–18"
UTQG 40

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Hankook
Ventus V12 Evo, K110
Multiple Tread Radius (MTR), innovative tread design and HPSR compound technology provide superior control and precise responsiveness required for performance under extreme driving conditions.
www.hankooktireusa.com

Sizing 17"–21"
UTQG 280

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Maxxis
Victra Z4S
The Maxxis Victra Z4S was designed for the driver who wants sporty handling while maintaining refinement and tread life. It features multi-pitch tread blocks and a unique casing design to minimize pattern noise and harshness.
www.maxxis.com

Sizing 15"–20"
UTQG 420

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Cooper
Zeon RS3
Developed after more than a year of testing by both ROUSH Performance and Cooper engineers, the RS3’s racing-inspired silica tread compound maximizes grip for dry handling while maintaining an exceptional level of wet performance.
www.coopertire.com

Sizing 18"
UTQG 220

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Hoosier
A6
Hoosier Racing Tire Sports Car DOT A6 Radials are Track and Competition DOT tires developed for drivers who compete in autocross, time trial and hillclimb events in dry conditions.
www.tirerack.com

Sizing 13"–19"
UTQG 40

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Hankook
Ventus R-S3, Z222
The Ventus R-S3 is a new extreme-performance tire developed for serious sports cars and performance sedan enthusiasts looking for race tire–like traction on the street or for use in autocross, drifting and track events.
www.hankooktireusa.com

Sizing 15"–18"
UTQG 140

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Dunlop
Direzza Sport Z1
Star Spec
The Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec is Dunlop’s Extreme Performance Summer tire developed for enthusiasts looking for race tire–like traction on the street or for use in autocross, drifting and track events.
www.tirerack.com

Sizing 15"–18"
UTQG 200

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Maxxis
Victra MA-Z1
The MA-Z1 provides enhanced stability, with a solid center rib and stiff shoulder blocks. The unidirectional tread design improves handling in wet and dry road conditions, while the high stiffness casing offers impressive steering feedback and controllability.
www.maxxis.com

Sizing 16"–20"
UTQG 220–280

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Goodyear
Eagle GT
Goodyear’s Eagle GT offers drivers all-season traction and the excitement of great handling. It has TredLock technology, an asymmetric tread pattern and an eye-catching sidewall design.
www.goodyeartires.com

Sizing 15"–22"
UTQG 400–440

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Falken
FK452
The FK452 features the latest developments in noise absorption technology due to phase-shifted random pitch variation, while handling response and high-speed stability are improved.
www.falkentire.com

Sizing 16"–24"
UTQG 300

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Bridgestone
Potenza RE050A Pole Position
These are designed to provide exceptional dry and wet road traction with 90 percent silica content tread compound molded into an asymmetric tread design.
www.bridgestonetire.com

Sizing 16"–20"
UTQG 140–280

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Vredestein
Ultra Sessanta
The Sessanta is designed parametrically, which means that the tread construction, shape and contours are optimized for every size using a mathematical formula based on design parameters to make it an excellent performance tire.
www.vredestein.com

Sizing 17"–22"

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Falken
RT-615
The new AZENIS RT-615 offers a world spec construction, featuring an improved motorsports-grade cap compound that effectively maintains grip as tire temperatures increase. The result: a tough, durable, street-sensible tire.
www.falkentire.com

Sizing 14"–18"
UTQG 200

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Bridgestone
Potenza RE-11
The Potenza RE-11 is an extreme-performance summer tire developed for enthusiastic sports car, sports coupe and performance sedan drivers. It is tuned for dry and wet conditions.
www.bridgestonetire.com

Sizing 15"–19"
UTQG 180

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Goodyear
Eagle F1 Asymmetric
The F1 Asymmetric premium ultra-high-performance tire has commanding dry grip and a water-shedding inner tread zone to aid wet traction. A layer of Aramid in the inboard sidewall help maintain even tread pressure on the road to enhance grip while cornering.
www.goodyeartires.com

Sizing 17"–20"
UTQG 240

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Vredestein
Sportrac 3
The tread design gives sports cars an enhanced appearance while the robust, wide shoulders and 3-D, V-shaped tread blocks in the center of the tread give outstanding performance on bends.
www.vredestein.com

Sizing 15"–17"

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Sources

Nitto Tire
Cypress, CA 90630
877-565-8448
www.nittotire.com
General Tire
Charlotte, NC 28288
800-847-3349
www.generaltire.com
Toyo Tires USA
800-442-8696
www.toyotires.com
Dunlop
Buffalo, NY 14207
716-879-8200
http://www.dunloptires.com
Continental Tires
www.ContinentalTire.com
Hankook Tire
Wayne, NJ 07470
973-406-3500
http://www.hankooktireusa.com
Yokohama Tire Corporation
Fullerton, CA 92831
800-722-9888
http://www.yokohamatire.com
Kumho Tires
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
800-445-8646
www.kumhousa.com
Falken Tire
Fontana, CA 92335
800-723-2553
http://www.falkentire.com
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co
Akron, OH 44316
330-796-2121
www.goodyeartires.com
Hoosier Tire
Lakeville, IN 46536
574-784-3152
http://www.hoosiertire.com
Maxxis
Suwanee, GA 30024
800-462-9947
http://www.maxxis.com
Cooper Tire
Findlay, OH 45840
419-423-1321
www.coopertire.com

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