Tyre maker Goodyear has launched its next-generation ultra high performance (UHP) road tyre, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5, replacing the older Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3.
The new tyre features improvements in wet braking and dry handling without compromising ride comfort or road noise, and is aimed at everything from the Volkswagen Golf to the Porsche 911, according to Goodyear’s press release.
The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 is the “ultimate all-round summer tyre”, Goodyear said.
It was developed with a “highly-refined compound that combines wet weather capabilities without sacrificing endurance or dry handling performance”.
“Thanks to a contact patch designed to extend when braking, the tyre’s contact with the road increases to a level more usually associated with a track tyre, resulting in wet stopping distances which are a significant 4 percent shorter compared to the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3,” Goodyear said in a press statement.
Goodyear focused on improving performance in the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 by reducing flex in the tread pattern as lateral forces are transmitted.
The result is crisp, precise turn-in, higher grip levels and efficient, clean acceleration, as well as more communicative steering, Goodyear said.
Some 51 SKUs (stock keeping units) for the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 will be introduced between February and May 2019, with 10 more arriving between June and December 2019.
Goodyear will offer the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 in sizes from 17 to 22 inches in diameter, in 205 to 315 mm widths, and 50 to 25 side profiles.
The tyre is intended to be fitted on cars like the Volkswagen Golf, though it is also aimed at more luxurious vehicles like the Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3 series and the Porsche 911.
“This will strongly position Goodyear to exploit the robust 8.3 percent year-on-year growth experienced by the 17” and above UHP tire segment since 2012, now accounting for 22 percent of overall summer volume,” Goodyear said.
“Upper segment vehicle sales are also forecast to increase from 17.5 to 18.2 percent by 2023, while UHP demand from north-east and south-east Europe expanding 18 and 25 percent year-on-year since 2012 further increases the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5’s relevance to the market.”