Goodyear debuts Eagle F1, demos wet handling
It may not be available until July, but the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric is already being put to the test.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. recently conducted a ride-and-drive at Pacific Raceways motorsports park in Kent, Wash. There, tire dealers and members of the media spent a rainy Washington day learning all about the Eagle F1’s wet handling characteristics.
Goodyear says its long line of Goodyear Eagle ultra-high performance tires has grown even longer with the introduction of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season. The race-inspired product, which offers strong handling and all-season traction, was introduced at the 2012 Goodyear Dealer Conference on Jan. 30.
“We apply breakthrough technologies to many tires in our Eagle lineup,” said Jonathan Lee, Goodyear brand general manager. “Fortunately, experts – from third-party product testers to our extensive retail network to everyday consumers – recognize the product leadership and help keep Goodyear Eagles out front.”
The Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season is an all-new design, inspired by the complementary summer tire, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2. Its asymmetric tread pattern is based on the summer tire, but the Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season features a Dry Handling Zone on the outside shoulder for enhanced handling and grip, and an All-Season Zone on the inside shoulder for increased water evacuation.
Additionally, the new tire offers these technical features:
- Specialized Tread Compound with Functionalized Polymers – for enhanced performance characteristics, such as wet traction and dry handling;
- TredLock Technology – with microgrooves that provide biting edges for enhanced wet traction;
- Traction Teeth – providing further biting edges for traction in rain and snow.
The Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season carries a 45,000-mile tread life limited warranty, is tunable for original equipment applications, carries W- and Y-speed ratings, and will be offered in 36 different size combinations.