We’ve tested Mickey Thompson’s 15-inch ET Street Radial and the newer ET 18-inch Street Radial II against one another on the street and at the track to see just how well they perform within their own given parameters.
There are literally thousands of parts and tricks we can use to make our cars go faster at the track. Weight savings is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but saving weight in the right area of the car can make surprising improvements in your ET’s. We test a set of GT500 18×9.5s versus Weld’s 18×4.5 RTS wheels.
In this tech review, we take a look at a pair of Mickey Thompson’s latest and greatest products on our Project BlownZ Camaro that have made waves in the sport: the one-piece Pro-5 ET Drag Wheel and the record-breaking ET Street Radial Pro tire.
We’re on a mission for traction as we try to feed 1,300 horsepower through a stock type suspension and some skinnny M/T drag radials on Project BlownZ. How do we plan to do that? Easy – with tough parts from Moser, Afco, and Wolfe Racecraft, mixed in with adjustability and endless hours of chassis tuning…
Every garage, engine builder, or race team has a torque wrench, and we all use it a considerable bit! But when was the last time you gave more than a moments glance at your torque wrench?
So you thought that Mickey Thompson Tires was all about cruiser or drag racing tires? Well, guess again. Here is the latest top secret project from M/T, their new Street Comp ultra high performance tire.
We step out to the PowerTV garages for an install of a new set of Dick Cepek Torque wheels, and Mickey Thomspon Baja STZ’s on the PowerTV 2011 F-150. We then head out for an on and off-road jaunt, to test the meddle of the new rolling stock
Following months of development and numerous real-world test outings during the late winter, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels launched their all-new ET Street Radial Pro P275/60R15 tire at the Radial Revolution “Lights Out 3″ last month, creating a record-setting frenzy among the racers.
In this technical piece, we’re going to dive into the world of racing wheels to bring you the 411 on the latest in drag racing wheel technology as we focus not only on the design and construction processes, but what goes into keeping the wheel and tire mated in the most intense of environs.
There are two kinds of street/strip cars—street cars that occasionally see the dragstrip, and drag cars that get driven to the cruise night every once in a while. Both cars need tires, but can that really be the same tire? We set out to break them down and give you the skinny on fat tires.
Mickey Thompson has been leading that tire category for longer than we can remember, especially when it comes to the street/strip or heads-up drag racing, so we went to them (specifically, M/T’s Carl Robinson) to answer our Top Ten questions concerning drag slicks and radials. Here’s what they had to say.
The rear suspension of a vehicle shouldn’t be a place to cheap out. With 1000 HP, we needed a way to transmit all that power to the pavement. We installed an Autoworks mini tub kit, 9-inch from Strange, suspension from Calvert, Wilwood brakes, and Weld wheels rapped in M/T drag radials into our ’65 Mustang
How many times have you been to a car show and seen a beautifully built muscle car with a killer motor, maybe a couple of turbos, flawless paint and absolutely gorgeous in every aspect…until you get to the wheels and realize this brutish car has some really weak knees for wheels?
Our Project “MaxStreet” 1966 Chevy II has been nearly eight months in the making here in the powerTV garage, and to say that we’re itching to get the old girl out and stretch her legs a little would be an understatement. With our suspension modernization project nearly complete, we’re close to taking that step.
The word ‘sticky’ isn’t commonly associated with positive thoughts, though in the world of drag racing, it is everything. In the last few years, more OEM’s have been making vehicles equipped with twenty-inch wheels as a standard option. If you have a hopped up daily driver that fits in this category, you have been forced to buy an extra pair of wheels so you can downsize to a smaller drag radial. That is, until Nitto released their 20” drag radials that we installed on our Trailblazer SS. Check it out.
Tire technology has improved by leaps and bounds over the centuries, beginning with the use of iron bands that were heated in forges and quenched around wooden cart wheels and eventually evolving into the self-inflating, puncture-proof rubber compounds with which we are so familiar today. Mickey Thompson has been on the leading edge of tire technology and now we got the whole story from the beginning to the future.