Nearly 50 million high performance and ultra-high performance tires are shipped each year, making the performance tire category one of the industry’s fastest growing segments. The information in this section will keep you current on the latest trends and styles so you can get a piece of this exciting market.


July 28, 2015

Monro has many more tricks up its sleeve

It seems Monro Muffler Brake Inc. is placing a heavy foot on its acquisition accelerator. After announcing agreements on July 23 with two dealers to add 31 stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, the company slipped in a whopper of a statement that shows what is to come.

Tags: Acquisitions, John Van Heel, Robert Gross

July 28, 2015

Consumer tire sales leading the way for Michelin

Groupe Michelin’s sales of passenger and light truck tires “clearly outpaced the market” during the first half of 2015, the company said, with net sales of consumer tires rising 13.4% compared to the same period a year ago.

Tags: Jean-Dominique Senard, Michelin financials

Fourteen MLS players will compete for a year-long lease of a 2015 Lamborghini in the
July 28, 2015

Continental Tire asks 'What 'Cha Got'

Continental Tire the Americas LLC pits 14 Major League Soccer (MLS) players, legends and celebrities against each other on a closed-circuit autocross course for a short format television feature called “What’Cha Got” on FOX Sports 1.

Tags: Continental Tire the Americas LLC, FOX Sports 1, Television program

The Toyo Proxes A27 is original equipment on the 2016 Scion iA. (Photo courtesy of Scion.)
July 28, 2015

New Scion models feature Toyo OE tires

Toyo Tire North America OE Sales is supplying two new Scion models with Toyo tires.

July 28, 2015

Demand and tariffs should benefit Goodyear

Consumer demand for passenger and light truck tires was up in June compared to June 2014. So says Nick Mitchell, senior vice president of research for Northcoast Research Holdings LLC.

Tags: Chinese tariffs, Kelly Edge, Monro Muffler Brake, Nick Mitchell, Northcoast Research, Stocks

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If image is everything...
June 2, 2015

If image is everything...  

Twenty-five years ago, Canon U.S.A. Inc.’s famous “Image is everything” television ad debuted. The company sold a lot of Canon EOS Rebel cameras with that campaign, helped by its celebrity spokesman: long-haired, charismatic tennis player Andre Agassi.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, ChemChina, Editorial, Pirelli Tire North America

Wheel fasteners
May 5, 2015

Wheel fasteners  

Wheel fasteners are arguably the most important components on any vehicle, responsible for securing the wheels to the vehicle, yet are often the least understood and appreciated. This brief article offers a basic overview of the often overlooked threaded wheel fastener — how to identify it and how to handle it.

Tags: 2015 Performance Handbook, Mike Mavrigian, Wheel fasteners

Balancing performance tires
May 5, 2015

Balancing performance tires  

Saying technology has changed over the last decade might be one of the greatest understatements that I’ve ever made. In 2005, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) were primarily reserved for high-end luxury and sports cars. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) were options. And people who thought the Blackberry was a smartphone were surprised when the first video was uploaded to a new video hosting service called YouTube.

Tags: 2015 Performance Handbook, Balancing, High Performance Tires, Kevin Rohlwing, Performance Handbook, Ultra-high performance tires

Examples of tire and wheel vibrational issues. The illustration at the top depicts an imbalance
May 5, 2015

NVH issues and answers  

In this article, we’ll address a variety of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) issues. We’ll also offer tips on how to avoid and/or cure these ills.

Tags: 2015 Performance Handbook, Harshness, Noise, NVH, Performance Handbook, Vibration

A special edition Koenigsegg Agera was on display at the 2015 New York International Auto Show.
May 5, 2015

Hyperactive imagination  

You may have noticed the sweet looking, perhaps unfamiliar monster of a vehicle on our front cover. That is a hypercar, specifically a 2015 GTA Spano from Spania GTA Tecnomotive S.L. It features a V10 twin-turbo engine capable of 925 horsepower. And a $650,000 price tag.

Tags: 2015 Performance Handbook, Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, Hypercar, Performance Handbook, Pirelli P Zero

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