* Innovative ActiveBraking Technology delivers enhanced handling and braking
SEVILLE, Spain - The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is announcing the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 with revolutionary ActiveBraking Technology, which incorporates race-derived technologies for precise handling on both dry and wet roads. The ultra-high performance (UHP) tire will be available in North America in June.
The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 is the latest in Goodyear's UHP summer tire lineup. It is a tire that is designed to exceed the high expectations set by the outstanding success of its predecessor, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric, a product that received the highest recommendation in various independent tests by experts and magazines.
Specifically, the new Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 offers an ultra-high performance attitude and refined appearance to make it a popular choice for sports cars and luxury performance vehicles.
A new tread compound with motorsport resins helps provide superior grip levels, leading to further gains in dry handling and dry braking performance. A lightweight, racing-derived construction also contributes to better dry handling, as the vehicle's unsprung mass is reduced, for enhanced steering precision and handling. It also features a crossed plies carcass structure, which contributes to increased torsion stiffness for improved steering precision, handling and braking on dry road surfaces.
The ActiveBraking Technology in the new Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 offers enhanced stopping power on wet and dry roads, with increased road contact during braking. An advanced tread block pattern helps reduce excessive road noise.
The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 was extensively tested by independent testing organization TUV SUD Automotive at test tracks in France and Germany in December 2010. The tire performed exceptionally well, delivering a nearly 10-foot shorter braking distance on wet roads compared to the average performance of three leading competitors it was tested against.
The tire also performed well in dry braking and handling tests, stopping more than six feet shorter than the average performance of the three leading competitors.2
The TUV SUD Automotive test also confirmed that the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 delivers top-class rolling resistance in its category, with 7% better rolling resistance3.
Building on the success of its predecessor, the new Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 - with ActiveBraking Technology, crossed plies carcass structure, and 'high surface' silica tread compound, sets new standards in dry and wet performance, handling and braking in the UHP tire segment.
ActiveBraking Technology in the new Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 increases the road contact patch of the tire during braking. While conventional tire tread elements show little or no transformation during braking, the tread elements in the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2, due to their specially designed shape, develop more contact surface under braking load and therefore increase the tire-to-surface contact area. The larger contact patch offers increased grip, which in turn leads to shorter stopping distances.
In addition to the ActiveBraking Technology, the new tread compound, using a unique blend of high molecular weight polymers, a very high silica content and race traction resin, bring increased levels of adhesion on wet road surfaces.
"It is impossible to be prepared for every eventuality on the road," states Hugues Despres, Goodyear Consumer Brand Director, Europe Middle East and Africa, "With the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2, we offer a tire with excellent braking distances on dry and wet surfaces."
The new Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 also features Goodyear's renowned fuel-saving technology, which ensures reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The tire's computer-optimized cavity shape and tread stiffness result in uniform pressure and stiffness distribution across the footprint, resulting in better mileage levels.
Beginning in June, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 will be available in 27 popular sizes for North American consumers.