Goodyear to offer Eagle F1 ultra-high performance all-season tire

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Shipments of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s new, ultra-high performance Eagle F1 All Season tire are scheduled to begin this summer, with consumer availability in July.

The company debuted the tire at its dealer conference in Kissimmee, Fla., earlier this year (see "Goodyear Dealer Conference, Day Two: The mystery tire is the Eagle F1 All Season,", Feb. 4).

The Eagle F1 All Season has carbon fiber-reinforced inner and outer sidewalls. The carbon fiber stiffens both sides of the tire to help maintain enhanced contact with the road during hard turns, the company says.

The tire is enhanced by an Ultra-High Performance Zone with aggressive shoulder blocks and continuous center rib to provide confident handling and steering precision.

According to Bob Toth, Goodyear's marketing manager, auto tires, "The

Eagle F1 line of ultra-high performance tires is synonymous with precise control, crisp handling and effective dry traction. The award-winning Eagle F1 GS-D3 brought these performance attributes to wet roads. And now, the new Eagle F1 All Season completes the circle by offering traction on dry, wet and snow-covered roads."

Additionally, the new Eagle F1 All Season incorporates Goodyear's TredLock Technology, consisting of a series of cups and domes between the tread grooves. This allows the tire to have biting edges for grip in all-season conditions. As the tire experiences the forces of a turn, the cups and domes lock the tread elements together to help stiffen the tread area and keep more rubber on the road.

Other features include:

* A layer made with DuPont Kevlar.

* A silica tread compound.

* Goodyear's PermaBlack Compound that helps keep the sidewall looking new throughout the life of the tire.

* A rim flange protector.

* Dual zone directional tread.

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