More Praise for Goodyear’s Eagle F1
Goodyear’s UHP Eagle F1 Asymmetric has bagged another award, this time at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The widely read US publication Popular Mechanics selected the new for 2007 Goodyear rubber from the 4,000 plus displays and countless new products at the SEMA exhibition and awarded the tyre its Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award for New Products.
“It is an honour to receive this award on behalf of Goodyear and the engineers who invented this tyre for the demanding enthusiasts in this segment,” said Bob Toth, marketing manager for Goodyear Auto Tires. “Goodyear’s Eagle brand of tyres have long been known for ultimate performance, and this recognition again helps to provide further credibility.”
The Eagle F1 Asymmetric is a tyre designed to maintain even tread contact pressure on the road to enhance grip while cornering. This is accomplished, reports Goodyear, through the company’s exclusive “Active CornerGrip Technology,” the placing of an Aramid reinforcement in the inside sidewall of the tyre. The tread pattern also features an outer tread zone for enhanced grip and a water-channelling inner tread zone to aid wet traction. A continuous centre rib helps provide enhanced high-speed stability.
In addition to the Popular Mechanics award, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric has already been labelled a “winner” in automotive magazine testing. In independent comparison tests of leading ultra-high performance tyres conducted by the UK automotive magazine, EVO, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric was rated number one overall. “A decisive win for the new Goodyear, with more table-topping performances than any other tyre,” stated EVO in its summary of the nine-tyre comparison. The wins came in both wet and dry objective tests, and it was voted best tyre on the dry handling course.
Also in the UK, Autocar presented a high-performance tyre test in its October issue, and again, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric came out on top. Autocar staff conducted tests in braking, dry and wet handling, and used both a front wheel drive 138bhp Mondeo TDCi and real wheel drive 268bhp Mercedes C350. Not only finishing first in overall test results, the new Goodyear tyre also garnered highly favourable comments. In a reference to how much the Eagle F1 Asymmetric’s improved the performance of the test Mercedes C350, Autocar stated, “With a set of Goodyears, it was like attaching a turbo to the Mercedes’ engine.”
“We love to see feedback like this,” said Toth. “We knew we had a winner with the new F1, and the test results and various awards continue to confirm it. The tyre has become a great high-level ambassador for the entire Eagle line-up.” The German made Eagle F1 Asymmetric was introduced into the UK in March, however it has only become widely available in US retail outlets during November.