Outstanding test results for Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric
Geneva, Switzerland, March 4th, 2008 – Goodyear's high performance tyre, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric, has proved its excellent performance with several independent test successes.
Goodyear's Eagle F1 Asymmetric gets top score in several industry tests.
The benefits of the new technologies used in developing the tire were confirmed by its top score in the Finnish Tuulilasi test, its receiving a ‘Very Recommendable' from German magazines Autozeitung, Sport Auto and Powercar, UK's Evo magazine declaring the tire as "the dominant winner" in a comparison of nine brands and by being declared "Best Tire" by the United Kingdom's Autocar magazine. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric is now available in an extended range of sizes to meet the expected growing demand for the tyre.
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric sets new standards for ultra-high performance summer tyres. One year after its global launch, the tyre has proven its performance and market leadership. Several recent tests confirm the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric as the tyre of choice for many tyre magazines and testing experts.
Top Score in Finnish Tuulilasi tyre test
Finland's Tuulilasi'stest showed Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric out-performing the competition in several areas including braking on dry and wet as well as achieving faster lap times than other tyres.
UK magazine names F1 Asymmetric tops for UHP
UK's Evo magazine declared the latest Goodyear ultra-high performance tyre as the dominant winner in a comparison of nine brands. Evo's test took place in Italy and measured handling, aquaplaning resistance and braking. The test, performed at a key competitor's test track, confirmed that Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric came out on top in both wet and dry conditions.
The Goodyear set the fastest lap times in wet and dry conditions, generated the most cornering force and had the shortest stopping distance in the wet. The test drivers were enthusiastic about the Goodyear performance, according to the magazine: "The steering feels clean, direct and positive. It is a decisive win for the new Goodyear," said Jethro Bovingdon from Evo magazine.
The test highlighted the surprisingly big differences in new tire performance. On the wet handling track, the Goodyear was able to lap 7.5 seconds faster than the ninth placed tire. It was a similar story in an emergency stop situation. Evo found that the Goodyear could brake from 55mph (88 kph) an incredible 12.5 metres shorter than the worst performing tyre. The test was particularly significant because the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric topped the handling tests in both wet and dry conditions, underlining how the tyre's innovative Active CornerGrip Technology ensures performance and safety without compromise.
UK's Autocar magazine declares Eagle F1 Asymmetric ‘Best Tyre'
Just a month after the tyre's success in the Evo magazine test, British Autocar magazine tested the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric and its leading competitors on both front wheel drive and rear wheel drive cars, with Goodyear the clear overall winner in both categories.
The testers compared the performance advantage of Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric on a car with 50 extra hp. "With a set of Goodyear [Eagle F1 Asymmetric] on, it was like attaching a turbo" declared experienced Autocar tester Keith Howard.
On the wet lap, the Goodyear-shod car was an average of 1.8 seconds faster than any other tyre. "If you were to try to find 1.8 seconds merely by increasing horsepower, you'd need to find a good 50 bhp" claimed Autocar. The
Goodyear advantage is not just in performance and handling, but the latest Eagle F1 Asymmetric was also proven to be the safest tyre in an emergency stop situation. In the front wheel drive test, the Goodyear stopped four metres sooner than the poorest performer in the test. "If a pedestrian stepped out in front of you on a wet road, you'd be glad to have the Goodyears" stated Autocar after the stopping distance test.
Highest recommendations in several German tyre tests
The new Eagle F1 Asymmetric was also awarded the highest accolades by several leading German automotive magazines. The magazines Autozeitung, Powercar and Auto Car all gave the Eagle F1 Asymmetric a ‘very recommendable' rating to their readers.
Active technology provides confident cornering
Compared to its successful predecessor, the new Eagle F1 Asymmetric is improved in almost every aspect. The tyre has improved traction on wet as well as dry asphalt through an asymmetric tread pattern; while the grip on wet is also improved by the racing inspired tread compound.
The unique 'Active Cornergrip Technology' of the Eagle F1 Asymmetric increases the 'tyre to road' contact on the inside of the contact area for more grip through the entire corner. Through the tyre's ‘Active Cornergrip Technology' – with an aramid reinforcement in the inner sidewall of the tyre – lift is reduced during cornering for a more even distribution of pressure across the whole contact patch, which consequently provides more grip when cornering.
Another important change is the asymmetric tread pattern. The open tread pattern on the inboard side and the deep sipes maximize water dispersion, while a continuous centre rib provides enhanced high speed stability. Wide solid tread blocks on the outboard side allow outstanding grip during cornering. These tread features are supported by a special tread compound that further increases grip on wet surfaces.
The improved grip on wet provides Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric with 10 % shorter braking distance at 80 km/h compared to its predecessor, yet another good example of Goodyear's continuous efforts to increase road safety.
The final word on the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric goes to Autocar's testers after driving the Mondeo [test car] in the wet: "We could go on about how much more stable the Ford felt on the Goodyears than on any other tyre, how much bite it had on turn-in, and how much more grip it developed through high speed corners, but in the end the extraordinary consistency of the lap times say it all. Quite frankly, this test was a case of Goodyear first, by a mile," according to the magazine.