With increased levels of performance from cars being launched into the local market, Goodyear has responded with a new range of three Ultra Ultra High Performance (UUHP) tyres, branded Eagle F1 SuperSport, SuperSport R and SuperSport RS.
Goodyear’s flagship performance tyres, the SuperSport range, feature 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.
Responsive directional changes are ensured through the stiff tread ribs while a massive closed outside pattern, used on the tyre’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 addressed wet performance through the use of a multi-compound combination that sees dry-optimised outer sections paired with three wet-optimised central segments. This enables drivers to safely push harder through corners on dry roads while still enjoying an exceptional wet braking and wet handling performance.
Some 26 Eagle F1 SuperSport SKUs will be introduced between Q2 2019 and Q1 2020, with possible fitments ranging from 18-inch to 21-inch diameters, 205 mm to 315 mm widths and an aspect ratio ranging from 45 to 30. Eagle F1 SuperSport is intended for hot hatches such as 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 optimizing the tyre’s footprint for more consistent pressure distribution.
Three Eagle F1 SuperSport R SKUs are slated between Q3 2019 and Q4 2019, in 19-inch diameter, 235 mm to 265 mm widths and an aspect ratio of 35. 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 is Goodyear’s most race-focused tyre, designed to push the limit on track while remaining road legal. A highly specialised racing-originated compound provides ultimate grip and performance levels in dry conditions. Two SKUs will be introduced in Q3 2019, sized 265/35 ZR20 and 325/30 ZR21.