One of the common questions we receive, “why do off-road vehicles use slick tires?” There are many reasons for this, mainly, racers want the most consistent track conditions that allow lap times and overall times to be similar race to race throughout a given round of qualifying. Traditionally, the amount of rubber from tire wear on the surface, combined with temperature changes, and length of race program can substantially change the field of play. In addition, with there almost being a 50/50 split on tracks utilizing carpet and / or treated dirt surfaces, the vehicles themselves are being designed and built for high-traction conditions.
Simply put, as racing evolves in 1/10th off-road, racers are dialing into and have learned to tune a more sophisticated, purpose built vehicle around carpet, turf, and dirt treated surfaces. With the evolution of tracks using prepared surface ingredients or intentional traction creating methods, the slick tire has become the go to tire option at the majority of our travel events across the United States. In the video, Spencer Rivkin discusses track preparation and factors that led Hoosier RC in New Albany, Indiana to build a track around the latest style of vehicle and the latest available tire treads and compounds.