Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric Wins Autocar 2007 Tyre Test
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric has been declared ‘Best Tyre’ by Autocar magazine, just a month after the new tyre’s domination of the Evo Magazine tyre test. Autocar tested Goodyear, Michelin, Continental, Pirelli and Bridgestone tyres on both front wheel drive and rear wheel drive cars. The Goodyear was the clear overall winner after winning in both categories.
The renowned UK weekly magazine had chosen the 138bhp Mondeo TDCi and the 268bhp Mercedes C350 to give a comparison between a typical large family car and a powerful rear wheel drive sports saloon respectively.
On the Mercedes, the Autocar team were amazed by the performance improvement when the Goodyears were fitted. The test team, led by experienced tester Keith Howard proclaimed: “With a set of Goodyears on, it was like attaching a turbo to the Merc’s engine”.
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 1.8sec merely by increasing horsepower you’d need to find a good 50bhp” claimed Autocar.
The test also showed that the Goodyear tyre demonstrated impressive results in terms of braking, stopping 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.
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric is available in 24 sizes, from 17 inches up to 20 inches and 50 series down to 25 series. Almost the entire range is designed with extra load versions, to address the majority of today’s modern high performance cars.
The final word on the Goodyear goes to Autocar’s testers after driving the Mondeo 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.”