Not all performance tires are created equal, and every SCCA autocrosser knows it. From local events to the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships, a glance down the results sheet shows that some street tires rise to the top while others struggle to keep pace. If only someone knowledgeable would test these tires in a controlled environment to see how they stack up.
As luck would have it, Tire Rack has done just that. While this video review doesn’t test all of the competitive tires used in SCCA’s autocross classes that limit drivers to 200 UTQG tires (namely SCCA’s Street and Street Touring categories), Tire Rack does evaluate four brands that are frequently found in SCCA competition.
In this test, Tire Rack compares a pair of tires SCCA autocrossers will recognize as solid performers, the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R and Hankook Ventus R-S4, alongside a duo of worthy competitors, the Dunlop Direzza ZIII and Falken Azenis RT615K+.
Admittedly, Tire Rack’s test is targeted more toward a general market than the hardcore autocrosser, and there are other competitive 200 UTQG autocross tires missing from this review (namely the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival S and Nexen N’Fera SUR4G), but the information in this head-to-head comparison is certainly worthy of any SCCA autocrosser’s attention.