Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Northern Colorado, USA
Assuming you are driving an Elise/Exige (you don't say) there are many threads on this topic I have been researching recently.
Here's what I have come up with, I have yet to make a tire purchase but I did purchase a set of wheels. Your track tire options are pretty limited on stock LSS wheels and worse on non-LSS wheels due to the half size widths. I bought a set of Ethos wheels from S111 in 16x7 and 17x8. That opens up your tire options a lot. There are other wheels out there in those sizes but most are pretty costly.
From what I have surmised I have come to 4 choices for track slicks:
1.) Yokohama A005's. Nice but very expensive. Have read they stick like glue but can heat cycle out quickly, which makes the high price even more unattractive.
2.) Hoosier R7's. Midrange price, our lightweight cars may never heat them up fully, especially in 20-25 minute track sessions. If you are doing endurance runs they may be OK.
3.) Hoosier A7's. Midrange price. Given our lightweight cars and shorter track sessions the A7 is probably the way to go even though it's technically an autocross tire. At a recent NASA event I talked w/ guys running A7's on big heavy Corvettes and they still prefer them to R7s. I have read that the current 7 series Hoosiers are "fat" for their sizing so rubbing can be an issue, not sure though from any personal experience.
4.) Hankook Ventus Z214. Low price. Come in two compounds soft C71 and medium C51. Not sure which to use on an Elige I have heard preferences both ways. Good reviews.
In the end I think the two logical choices are the A7's and the z214's for those of us weekend warriors. Hopefully others will chime in. It's hard to sift thru the BS in tire threads...for every post that someone says one thing is the best there's another saying the opposite. That gets frustrating.
2005 Elise - Chrome Orange (SOLD)
2004 Porsche 911 GT3