Auto Express Tyre Tests: Goodyear “Wet Weather Specialists”
While the big winner of consumer motoring magazine Auto Express’s annual tyre test was Continental, the German manufacturer had strong competition from Michelin, Goodyear and Dunlop, whose tested tyres all scored within a point of Conti’s. As with all comprehensive tyre tests, most segments favoured different tyres, and Goodyear’s Eagle F1 Asymmetric was ranked top in the wet handling and cornering tests.
The wet handling and cornering tests combined braking, cornering and overall handling, after which Auto Express named Goodyear the “wet weather specialists” and said: “Goodyear inspired confidence and gave sharp turn in.” The manufacturer’s representatives pointed out that the Eagle F1’s “Active CornerGrip Technology… provides a more even pressure distribution across the contact patch during cornering, offering more grip.” Goodyear also said the Eagle F1 won the prestigious EVO Tyre Test in 2007 shortly after the tyre’s launch, also achieving top spot in the Autocar Tyre Test in the same year.
“In itself, an asymmetric tread profile is nothing new”, stated Kate Rock, PR support manager at Goodyear, adding: “but the Eagle F1 Asymmetric also features an asymmetrical construction – an aramid layer in the inner sidewall of the tyre that optimizes the cornering performance.”
“The latest results from the Auto Express Tyre Test prove the our tyre can still perform and beat the competition in the areas of wet handling and cornering after being on the market for three years. Wet weather performance is the area in which Goodyear strives to be first in the market and we have achieved this in the latest test,” concluded Kate.