Mickey Thompson is a name that’s well known in the drag racing community. Many drag racing enthusiasts utilize the company’s tires on their fastest vehicles, and for good reason.
We talked with M/T’s Don Sneddon about the company’s latest tire options for going fast.
One of M/T’s latest tires in that community is the ET Street S/S. It’s a popular tire due to its high-performance street-and-strip capabilities, making it truly a tire that can be raced at the track and or on a daily driver due to its R2-compound construction. The ET Street S/S series tire is also available in sizes ranging from 15-inch to 20-inch wheels. The R-2 compound is extremely popular, due to M/T using it on nearly all of the tires in the company’s lineup. It’ is extremely sticky, and like bias-ply tires, can be flexible enough to handle hard launches at the track.
The 900 horsepower ’15 Mustang GT on display at M/T’s SEMA booth is equipped with a TVG Drag Pack built by Juggernaut Power. The car feature’s M/T’s ET Street R tires in the rear — so naturally, we began by asking Sneddon about the rear tires. Sneddon replied, “The ET Street R is a brand new tire thetas currently available. Although this tire resembles a drag slick more than a radial tire, it is D.O.T. legal. It was designed to drive to the strip, kill it at the track, then drive home safely. It’s not an every day street tire, so we only recommend it for occasional use. The same technology used in the ET Street Radial Pro tire, which is equipped on Outlaw-Pro cars that run a 3-second 1/8th-mile, goes into the ET Street R.”
Features of the M/T Street R include:
- D.O.T approved for street-driving use
- Excellent tread-contact provided by minimal-tread-void
- Available in most popular sizes
- Latest ET drag radial technology incorporated to provide the ultimate traction
Sneddon comments that M/T is introducing a new tire at SEMA this year for drag racing enthusiasts. He comments, “We currently have the ET Street Radial in a 275/60R15 size. Many of the drag racing enthusiasts wanted a 315-series tire, as they wanted a wider size. We were completely onboard with the idea, as we know enthusiasts are always looking to go faster – especially with a little more contact patch. This tire uses the same construction and technology as the 275 series tire.”
M/T doesn’t just engineer drag racing tires, either. Sneddon gives us an inside-look at some of the other tires the company provides, including off-road applications.
On display at M/T’s booth was a ’15 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, built by X-Treme Toyz of Simi Valley, California. The Wrangler was equipped with some new M/T goodies, including M/T’s new 17×9-inch Deegan 38 Pro 4 Wheels, and the company’s new line of tires, which are the MTZ P3 series radial tires.
Sneddon comments, “We’ve partnered with Roush Performance to provide the OEM tire for the Roush F-150. We also provide the OEM wheels as well, with both the Roush and M/T logo on the wheel. The tires that will come on the track are the Baja ATZ P3 tires and will be available on the 2016 models.”
Features of the M/T Baja ATZ P3 include:
- Unique hybrid-design between all-terain and mud-terrain tire
- T4 compound with improved shoulder design to provide off-road traction
- Interlocking tread element doesn’t compromise void
- Multi-lock grooves promotes self-cleaning and even tire-wear
- PowerPly 3-ply sidewall construction