Seriously, what good is it to have 400+HP if you can't get it to the road surface? Back in the day, I ran side soft tires, cheater slicks when I wasn't sure of the outcome and traction bars on my '65 Chevelle but new to the SS550 Mustang. My '15 GT breaks the tires loose all the way through third gear and has scared me on more than on occasion. It has been about a month since the last scare. I did not expect the car to get sideways in third gear at a high rate of speed and in the wrong place to get sideways; I still can't get out of my head what would have happened had I not gotten the car under control. An experience I have no intention of repeating. I am curious what others are doing to maximize transfer of power to the roadway. I don't know much about the OEM/Pirelli tires but they seem to be severely lacking in this area. I have been considering the addition of the Rousch super charger later this year but if I can't get 435HP to the ground, what am I going to do with 670HP?
A lot of good points have been made here dj, and I notice you havenít commented back in quite a while. Iím from SA too (and miss it a lot).
The stock tires arenít very good at holding the power in my opinion and they get really noisy with some wear on the tread. I replaced mine with MPSS and they were great at 1st but that went away rather quickly and they wore out really fast. I now have 32K miles on my car and Iím on my third set of tires. They are Bridgestone Potenza RE980's
These are AS tires and so far have better traction all around than any other tires Iíve used. Donít let the AS rating fool you though, these are performance tires. Iím very impressed with them so far...
The biggest thing that will possibly help you is your driving style and learning your car. It takes time... You canít use the throttle like an on/off switch. The machine makes power, and the power has to be managed (by you). Learn how to move out quickly without stomping the pedal. You have to roll into the throttle and apply power smoothly. Better tires will help, but better practice will help more, and it does take some time.
I patrolled the streets of SA for nearly 30 years and those streets arenít really ideal for performance driving.
Trust me I really, really do know this. The streets get really greasy in the summer and super dangerous on the 1st rain after a dry spell. Iím pretty sure you know that already though.
Get the better tires, and learn how to ride that horse effectively. Once you master your horse, youíre going to be really happy.
Who is going to install your SC, or are you planning to do this on your own?