Goodyear has announced a new range of three Ultra Ultra High Performance (UUHP) tyres, Supersport R and Supersport RS.
The Supersport is Goodyear’s flagship performance tyre range.
Goodyear says it deploys innovative technologies and compounds that enable significant improvements to braking distances and lap times without neglecting more intangible elements of the driving experience, such as feedback during turn-in, under braking and approaching breakaway.
The Eagle F1 Supersport draws on Goodyear’s racing experience to provide superior grip and handling.
Responsive directional changes are ensured through the stiff tread ribs while a massive closed outside pattern, used on the tire’s shoulder, provides control during load transfers in corners.
A super-stiff sidewall design further improves handling without unduly compromising ride comfort.
Although primarily developed for dry conditions, Goodyear has innovatively addressed wet performance through the deployment of a multi-compound combination that sees dry-optimised outer sections paired with three wet-optimised central segments.
Goodyear says that the Eagle F1 Supersport enables drivers to safely push harder through corners on dry roads while still enjoying an exceptional wet braking and wet handling performance.
25 sizes will be introduced between February and May 2019, with possible fitments ranging from 18-inches to 21-inches, 205 to 305 mm widths and an aspect ratio ranging from 45 to 30.
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport is intended for hot hatches like the Volkswagen Golf GTI, high-performance saloons including the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63, and everyday supercars such as the Porsche 911 Turbo.
The Eagle F1 SuperSport R further increases grip levels and steering precision on and off track.
Grip levels are enhanced through use of a high-friction compound that provides exceptional dry grip levels, while excellent cornering stability is ensured by bridges in the tread pattern’s inner groove reducing deformation of tread blocks under extreme cornering forces.
Steering precision and feedback have also been further enhanced by optimising the tire’s footprint for more consistent pressure distribution.
Meanwhile, the Eagle F1 Supersport R has been developed for performance-focused vehicles, such as the Volkswagen Golf Club sport, BMW M4 CS and Porsche 911 GT3.
The Eagle F1 Supersport RS, on the other hand, is Goodyear’s most race-focussed tire.
The company says it is designed to push the limit on track while remaining road legal.
The Supersport RS features a specialised racing-originated compound, which Goodyear claims “provides ultimate grip and performance levels in dry conditions.”
It will be available in 265/35 ZR20 and 325/30 ZR21 sizes when it is introduced in March 2019.