Gold medal for Goodyear EAGLE F1 Asymmetric 2
12 January 2012
Goodyear’s EAGLE F1 Asymmetric 2 has been awarded the Gold Medal in the latest MOTOR Magazine Tyre Test, cementing its position as Australia’s ultimate performance road tyre. The accolade also gives Goodyear a hat-trick of wins in the authoritative test with the original EAGLE F1 Asymmetric earning the award the two previous years.
With testing undertaken at Sydney’s Eastern Creek Raceway, V8 Supercar driver, stunt driver and driving instructor Warren Luff was behind the wheel of a MY12 Mitsubishi Evolution X MR, putting nine 245/40R18 size high performance road tyres through their paces.
The tyres were tested in four separate challenges – Figure Eight Road Circuit, Wet Skidpan, Dry Slalom and Emergency Braking – with scores averaged across three attempts for each.
With Australian weather conditions providing a constant and varied challenge for drivers and tyres alike, performance in the Wet Skidpan is always a key performance indicator. Here the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 was the clear leader in what was the only wet test, with its new silica tread compound and race inspired resin creating better adhesion on the wet surfaces.
The Goodyear tyre again clocked the outright fastest average time on the Figure Eight Road Circuit, highlighting the credentials of its new improved tread pattern which allows for a more stable outer tread to aid cornering. The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 was also equal first place in the Dry Slalom.
Overall, after taking out three of the four categories, MOTOR awarded the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 the Gold Medal, commenting that, “its solid performance across all categories shows its broad capabilities to cope with a diverse range of situations”.
James Peate, Goodyear’s Communications Manager, said that the result was an accurate representation of the tyre’s ability to perform at the highest standards when faced with a range of tough conditions, taking performance tyres to the next level.
“Having launched the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 in Australia in July 2011, we’re very proud to see this tyre well and truly making its mark in the MOTOR test. As an extraordinary, best in class all-rounder, it goes to show the performance and benefits a premium tyre can offer the consumer,” Mr. Peate said.
“The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2’s Active Braking Technology and improved tread design allows for superior control and comfort, particularly in the wet*. Additionally, the tyre also provides lower noise emission levels, better mileage and features Goodyear’s FuelSaving technology which aids in reducing fuel consumption via a lower rolling resistance+.
“Being crowned winner by MOTOR now three years running certainly creates a compelling argument to consider Goodyear ahead of any others.”
The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 has been designed for a broad range of vehicles, including sporty models of city cars and compacts as well as large, powerful sedans.
Available in 17” to 19” rim diameters and 22 different sizes, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 offers wide market coverage.
* Compared to the average performance of three leading competitors. Braking distance on wet road from 80 km/h (49.6 mph) to 20km/h (12.4 mph), braking distance on dry road from 100 km/h (62 mph) to 0 km/h, measured by TÜV SÜD Automotive in December 2010; Tyre Size: 255/40R19; Test Car: Audi A7; Location: Mireval (FR) & Garching (GE); Report nr: 76244706-1. Your performance may vary based on driving and road conditions, and vehicle and proper tyre maintenance.
+ Goodyear internal tests. Average performance of 3 sizes (225/45R17 - 245/40R18 - 255/40R19) tested in 2010Mireval (FR) and Colmar-Berg (LU) Test period: April to Dec 2010; Test Car pending size: VW GOLF, Audi A3, Audi A4, Audi TT, Audi A5 & Audi A7. Results may vary based on driving and road conditions, and vehicle and proper tyre maintenance.