The growing popularity of HPDE/track days has resulted in an expanding track tire market. Nowadays nearly every major tire manufacturer has introduced a track tire (or a few), and so there is no shortage of track tire options for HPDE purposes.
However, spec track tires that are also suitable for routine street use, including wet weather, and that markedly refines and limits the selection.
As an example, one of the most popular street legal track tires is the Nitto NT01 (see our Nitto NT01 review), which as we've detailed is an all-star at the track, and a fish out of water -- not to mention, migraine -- on road.
Among other reasons, this track tire road performance/comfort deficiency is why you'll see many HPDE participants creatively unloading a set of track wheels + tires pre-track, and getting to work on the swap. We've travelled across the country with our track wheels lodged in the back of our M3, and have seen just about every other method of track tire transport, including a Cayman with a miniature tire trailer (respect).
We'd suggest that the "next frontier" for DOT legal track tire development is on road optimization, and we've identified two track tires available for 2016 that are leading this trend.
The Continental ContiForceContact (aka ForceContact) is the manufacturer's first entry into the street legal track tire market. We recognize Continental for performance tires that are stonkingly good in wet weather (see Continental ExtremeContact DW review), and the ForceContact follows in that tradition. While by no means a luxury tire, the ForceContact also promises to be far more refined on road than many contemporaries.
Be safe and have fun out there.
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The Continental ContiForceContact is available exclusively at TireRack.com. Learn more about the ForceContact on Continental's website.