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Summary:Summer tires set high standards for dry and wet grip, but are not designed for cold, wintry weather. They are suitable for many coupes, sedans, and sports cars. The Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 has no tread wear warranty.
The Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, ultra high performance summer tire
models like the Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Dry handling includes how well the tires gripped in an avoidance maneuver involving a swerve into the left lane and back into the right lane; dry cornering grip on our skidpad; and subjective steering feel.
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Features & Specs - Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500
Speed rating Speed rating. This letter denotes the maximum sustainable speed and is found directly after the load index. For S-speed-rated tires, it's 112 mph; for T, 118 mph. Speed ratings for other tires include Q, 99 mph; H, 130 mph; V, 149 mph; and Z, 150 mph plus. While such speeds may seem wildly impractical, tires with higher speed ratings tend to provide better handling at legal speed limits. Choose tires that have a speed rating at least as high as the one specified on your vehicle's placard.
Treadwear warranty Commonly used by tire manufacturers to market tires, the warranty describes the typical tread life of the tire. Consumers should view the warranty an indicator of tread life only. Actual mileage will vary with vehicle type, driving style, road, and weather conditions, just to name a few variables. Nearly all treadwear warranties are based on pro-rated amount based on the usable tread worn off the tire.
UTQG treadwear UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG treadwear, an index developed by the government, compares a tire's tread life with that of a reference tire graded at 100. A tire with a grade of 300 is predicted to last three times as long as one graded at 100. Treadwear grades are just one indicator of tread life, but actual tire life will vary due to a number of factors including road conditions, driving habits, vehicle, and maintenance.
UTQG traction UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG traction indicates the tire's ability to stop on a wet surface with Government grades of AA, A, B, C, from best to worst.
UTQG temperature UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG temperature indicates the tire's ability to resist heat build-up under test conditions with Government grades of A, B, C, from best to worst.
I bought the Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 in November 2009. I ran them for about 50,000 miles and replaced them in February 2012. Not a single problem with these tires (P215/65 R15). I drive a 1996 Infiniti Q45 in Southern California. Driving mostly on dry roads, but occasionally rain or snow. No tire-related issues for any driving condition. Excellent cornering--I am aggressive on windy roads. On a straight freeway, the car with these tires holds a straight path effortlessly. These tires are performance-oriented and deliver performance. In exchange for high performance, the tire noise is a bit higher than say a touring tire like the Michelin HydroEdge that I purchased to replace the well-worn Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 tires (The HydroEdge are good too, so far). I highly recommend Firestone Firehawk Indy 500.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By BMW Driver
from Austin, TX
Very reliable tire for the money
This tire is on a 2001 BMW 330i. One of the negatives on CRs report on this tire is winter handling. Since I live in Austin, Texas this is not much of an issue for me (we might have one or two days a year where we have winter road conditions). As a summer tire it works very well for how I use it. As with any performance tire the mileage is not what many people are used to in everyday cars. If you are expecting 50k miles on this tire then you are looking in the wrong place. For a sport/performance tire (due to the auto that they are mounted on and the everyday environment they are driven on) I think that this is a good tire and worth consideration. Its braking characteristics are excellent, as well as its ability to take turns at a relatively high speed. Its handling on rainy/slick roads is about average. You can brake well, but it isn't for pushing the limits of the car in these conditions: stay away from high speed turns or you will find yourself trying to recover from a slide. Most performance tires are a bit noisy on the highway, and this is no exception. However, compared to other model tires I have had it is no worse than any of the others. Keep in mind that with a performance car it is important to follow the manufacturer's recommendations on alignments and tire rotations in order to get the maximum mileage out of the tire. Poorly aligned tires of any type on a car like this can wear out in less than 10k miles.