Starting with the design of the Firestone Firehawk Indy 500, we can see that this a very uniquely designed tire. The tread is incredible aggressive with a ton of sharp voids that seem to want to bite the pavement below them. The look of a tire can be just as important as its performance sometimes. You don't want to have an aggressive wheel like an Enkei RPF1 or Cosmis Racing XT-206R wrapped in some cheap looking all season. Tires are often overlooked as a styling aspect of your build but when you see a tire that looks as good as the Indy 500, you start to understand how big of a role that an aggressive tread design plays in tying your entire setup together.
Moving on to the performance of the Firehawk Indy 500 which, if we're being honest, is probably the main reason you're even looking at this tire to begin with. The Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 is a performance summer tire that Firestone designed to be as equally useful on the track as it is on the road. We're happy to report that the Indy 500 does exactly that. The response and feedback you get from this tire is absolutely insane when you realize just how inexpensive it is. It's incredibly grippy and holds its own on tight bends even at high speeds.
We even got the chance to test it in the rain! The grip of course was less than on dry pavement but for a performance tire, it did really well. Firestone added extra water evacuation channels to the Indy 500 which really helps maintain that wet surface grip. Road noise is almost nonexistent. The difference between the road noise from this tire and something like a Federal SS595 is massive. You can barely hear the Indy 500 as you cruise down the freeway or around town!
So what do these bad boys cost? Well, of course, it will vary by size but you can get a 225/40/R18 for just under $700 for a set of four which puts the Indy 500 above the Federal SS595 but below the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S making this tire one of the best bang-for-your-buck performance tires. You can easily rip these around a racetrack all afternoon and drive safely and comfortably back home. At this price point, that type of functionality is incredibly hard to find.