SEMA 2012: Mickey Thompson’s Award Winning Street Comp UHP Tires

Also new for SEMA is Mickey Thompson's first late-model wheel.

Mickey Thompson has long been a a leader in tires for race applications, classic muscle car and Pro-Street cars. If you’ve been to a dragstrip, you’ve seen MT tires in action.

We wanted the Street Comp to have all the latest bells and whistles and paid attention to what true gearheads said they would want in a tire. – Don Sneddon

Missing from MT’s line up was an offering for street driven or daily driven modern muscle cars. “The Modern American Muscle Car owner has been using our ET Drag, ET Street & ET Street Radial products for years, it was time the Mickey Thompson Tires put its legendary performance on the streets” said Don Sneddon of Mickey Thompson.

It took the company about two years to develop the tire, “We wanted the Street Comp to have all the latest bells and whistles and paid attention to what true gearheads said they would want in a tire,” said Sneddon. A great deal of technology went into the tire including borrowing from other already successful MT products.

MT’s top tire engineers spent months developing the tread design and proper rubber compound for this tire. They company conducted extensive track testing as well at their private test facility utilizing the modern Modern Muscle cars that the product is intended for as their test mules. 

“The Street Comp was developed specifically for the Modern American Muscle Car with Performance being the number one goal,” said Sneddon. The tires feature an asymmetric tread design common on many UHP tires. The tires are designed to perform in both wet and dry conditions. They have a uniform tire quality grading (UTQG) of 300 AA A. That puts their treadwear in the upper echelon of wear rating for most UHP tires. 

Fitments are available for rims from seventeen to twenty inches in diameter, and seven and a half to ten inches in width. You can find a complete chart of all the sizes available on the Mickey Thompson Tires web site.

About the author

Mark Gearhart

In 1995 Mark started photographing drag races at his once local track, Bradenton Motorsports Park. He became hooked and shot virtually every series at the track until 2007 until he moved to California and began working as a writer for Power Automedia. He was the founding editor for its first online magazines, and transitioned into the role of editorial director role in 2014. Retiring from the company in 2016, Mark continues to expand his career as a car builder, automotive enthusiast, and freelance journalist to provide featured content and technical expertise.
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