Since then, Nitto has introduced their new NT05 tire. This is 200-treadwear tire is aggressive enough for the track, yet sturdy enough for heavy street use. Based on the NT01 race tire technology the NT05 features a large continuous center rib and big outer shoulder blocks to ensure optimum tire contact with the road. They offer crisp turn-in, great steering feedback, and improved braking. Best of all you won't have to mortgage your house to afford a set. NT05 Features: -Large continuous center rib and big outer shoulder blocks provide optimum tread contact with the road -Outer shoulder was engineered with a large contact patch to optimize dry performance and cornering -Reinforced tread blocks provide rigidity and stability Along with the rest of us, Mary was stunned at how well the big '57 wagon from Paul Newman Creations handled. As she relayed, "Whoever said that a 52-year-old grocery getter couldn't handle an autocross course couldn't have gotten it more wrong. The initial offset slalom element had me sliding into the entry slot, then quickly matting the accelerator pedal all the while looking for, and steering around, the next apex cone. Again, there was no fuss and no drama." Along with the rest of us, Mary was stunned at how well the big '57 wagon from Paul Newman Mary was a bit nervous when asked to beat on the super high-end entry brought to the event by the Roadster Shop. As she recalled, "The Corvette drove like a slot car, it went where it was pointed, and it didn't get excited under quick directional changes. We hit the crossover and turned down to the end sweeper where I found the brakes good, but slightly touchy at the end of full pedal depression. The Corvette got around the end sweeper very well and it was easy to hit the apexes under power. Coming back, I finally managed WOT at the finish and have never been behind the wheel of a car that had that kind of power." Mary was a bit nervous when asked to beat on the super high-end entry brought to the event Detroit Speed's entry impressed Mary. "Kyle's daily-driver Chevelle was solid and very well mannered throughout the entire testing day. For my part, I found the car very predictable managing the offset slalom with ease. I was able to carry good speed to the crossover, through the hourglass, into the end sweeper, and this is where the DSE Chevelle really shined. There was no drama, no protest, and this car just took my pressure and soldiered on. I'd have to say that the comfort zone for this Chevelle is huge, and that's a very good thing." Detroit Speed's entry impressed Mary. "Kyle's daily-driver Chevelle was solid and very wel These tread features help provide crisp turn-in, excellent steering feedback, and stability under braking; all of which contribute to boosting driver confidence. The NT05 will be available in the most popular sizes for high-performance vehicles. Several sizes will be available first quarter 2009 with additional sizes released throughout the year. "All I can say is, WOW, and I'm glad I had a mile of runoff to get stopped because Ridetech's Camaro hauled the mail quite well through the course. Power was linear and Velocity just kept doling it out. Overall, I liked this car. Minus the brake issue, it was comfortable to drive and offered good feedback. You can move the car around at speed, even toss it a bit, and not get bit, which is what you want for a good street ride," said Mary of the Ridetech Camaro. "All I can say is, WOW, and I'm glad I had a mile of runoff to get stopped because Ridetec According to Mary, the Global West Camaro "offered great turn-in, was balanced over the hump, and then easily positioned for corner exit. Power was easy to modulate and in the left-right-left power element, lifting off the throttle transferred weight letting me slide to the apex and on down the course." According to Mary, the Global West Camaro "offered great turn-in, was balanced over the hu As the only ride at the event sporting a big-block, the Speed Tech Camaro started off at a disadvantage but still turned in great numbers. As Mary stated, "Overall, I got along with this Camaro and it performed very well considering the extra front end big-block weight. The initial offset slalom tour brought a hint of understeer, turn-in was pretty good, and the car seemed comfortable with the transitions." As the only ride at the event sporting a big-block, the Speed Tech Camaro started off at a "Even with very slow ratio OEM steering, navigating the autocross course was quite manageable," said Mary of the Hotchkis entry. "This nimble wagon also drove small, which made threading the cones much easier. I was able to plan and control my track line placement, and found the car very neutral and well balanced. You'd never expect a grocery getter to get an 'A' for my part of this automotive flog fest but this one sure did!" "Even with very slow ratio OEM steering, navigating the autocross course was quite managea With its old school wheels and high stance the CPP Nova didn't look the part of a corner carver, but we sure found out otherwise. As Mary noted, "I loved the Nova in the offset slalom section, and exiting this element heading for the crossover allowed for some intentional rotation. At the end of the hourglass just before the sweeper, I trailbraked hard and this car just slowed and turned in like expected. The brakes were great and stopped the car with minimal lockup, if any." With its old school wheels and high stance the CPP Nova didn't look the part of a corner c "It was cool that I could push the Chevelle pretty hard. There was a hint of understeer leading up to the end sweeper, but this was managed by slowing my corner entry speed. I was impressed with the power on corner exit and how well the car reacted to throttle application," recalled Mary on her time behind the wheel of Edelbrock's entry. "It was cool that I could push the Chevelle pretty hard. There was a hint of understeer le Mary was happy with the handling of the TCI Camaro, "My first autocross run had me thinking this Camaro's suspension was a bit too stiff, but each trip through the cones allowed me to gain confidence and the overall times showed it. While it will most likely get slammed for not being a comfy street ride, I loved every second behind the wheel for the autocross and realized that the car has an extremely high comfort zone." Mary was happy with the handling of the TCI Camaro, "My first autocross run had me thinkin SOURCES Hotchkis Performance 12035 Burke Street Suite 13 Santa Fe Springs CA 90670 877-735-6425 www.hotchkis.net Global West Suspension 655 S. Lincoln Ave. San Bernardino CA 92408 877-470-2975 909-890-0759 http://www.globalwest.net Edelbrock (Carbs) 800-416-8628 http://www.edelbrock.com Newman Car Creations N/A AK _____ 805-226-9201 www.newmancarcreations.com Nitto Tire 6021 Katella Avenue Suite 250 Cypress CA 90630 877-565-8448 www.nittotire.com RideTech 350 S. St. Charles Street Jasper IN 47546 812-481-4787 www.ridetech.com Detroit Speed Inc. 185 McKenzie RD Mooresville NC 28115 704-662-3272 www.detroitspeed.com The Roadster Shop 847-949-7637 www.roadstershop.com Classic Performance Products 378 E Orangethorpe Ave. Placentia CA 92870 800-522-5004 http://www.classicperform.com Total Cost Involved 1416 W. Brooks Street Ontario CA 91762 800-984-6259 www.totalcostinvolved.com Speed Tech Performance N/A 888-467-1625 www.speedtech-performance.com « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | View Full Article By Steven Rupp Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!