Goodyear tyres for Cupra’s first electric model
When we first reported Goodyear’s provision of original equipment tyres to Cupra, the arrangement involved a single size of Eagle F1 SuperSport for the Formentor VZ5. The tyre maker’s OE supply arrangement with Cupra has since expanded with the selection of a range of Goodyear summer tyres as original equipment fitments for the Cupra Born, the brand’s first fully electric road car.
The highest-spec Cupra Born will be able to travel up to around 335 miles on a single charge with its 77 kW battery, which delivers instant acceleration from 0-31 mph in 2.9 seconds. It will connect with the road through Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance tyres, with sizes 215/55R18, 215/50R19 and 215/45R20 available.
“We are delighted that Cupra has selected Goodyear tyres as original equipment on the exciting new Born,” says Hans Vrijsen, managing director Consumer OE, Goodyear EMEA. “We already enjoy a great relationship with Cupra, so it is a pleasure to be part of their first fully electric road car. Electrification is a key part of Goodyear’s strategy, and we have a wide range of tyres suited to the unique demands and performance characteristics of electric cars.”
Range & performance
Goodyear says it designed the EfficientGrip Performance to give drivers high mileage and range, while maintaining great braking performance in both wet and dry conditions. “This is achieved through the high elasticity and flexibility of the tread to reduce wear, and a lower stiffness in the compound to facilitate the bending of the blocks, thus helping to evacuate water in the wet. Larger tread blocks increase cornering stiffness to provide drivers with greater stability in dry emergency manoeuvres.”
The tyre maker’s electrified partnership with Cupra extends onto the racetrack, too. As official tyre supplier to Pure ETCR, the world’s first multi-brand all-electric touring car championship, Goodyear supplies cars to each and every one of the 670 hp electric race cars competing in this innovative series. Cupra has been involved in the ETCR (Electric Touring Car Racing) platform since its launch, and the CUPRA e-Racer won the opening season with the driver Mattias Ekström.