With the Six Flags America theme park in Maryland as the backdrop, Goodyear gave Automotive Rhythms the opportunity to test out its newest performance tire, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season, a race-inspired tire that offers superb handling and all-season traction.
The Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season is an all-new design, inspired by the complementary summer tire, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2. Its asymmetric tread pattern is based on the summer tire, but the Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season features a “Dry Handling Zone” on the outside shoulder for enhanced handling and grip, and an “All-Season Zone” on the inside shoulder for increased water evacuation.
Goodyear laid out two performance courses for us to test the mettle of this new tire. Up first was the “dry” course, where we drove the Eagle outfitted BMW 3 Series until the tires howled. We then drove the same course on competitive Michelin tires. The Eagle F1’s were clearly the better tire, handling the sharp transitions of the tight course without getting out of line.
On to the “wet” course to show the true value of these tires. Pretty much anyone has the skills to stay out of trouble when driving aggressively on dry pavement, but when Mother Nature dumps a deluge on the roadways, it doesn’t hurt to have a secret weapon. To enhance foul weather capability, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric All Season features:
- Specialized Tread Compound with Functionalized Polymers – for enhanced performance characteristics, such as wet traction and dry handling.
- TredLock Technology – with microgrooves that provide biting edges for enhanced wet traction.
- Traction Teeth – providing further biting edges for traction in rain and snow.
Going full tilt through wet corners, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric All Season again showed its superiority over the Michelin equipped Bimmer. And Goodyear tires keep their handling characteristics even when you experience a loss of tread depth over many miles of driving. Speaking of miles of driving, you won’t have to pony up for a new set in the typical 20,000 miles performance tires usually last as the Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season carries a 45,000-mile tread life limited warranty, is tunable for original equipment applications, and carries W- and Y-speed ratings.
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