Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Rubbers: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric II

I've been neglecting the tyres of the ER34 real bad. Until one day it just gave in. While traveling on the expressway going at 140km/h just cruising behind a McLaren MP4-12C, the drivers side front tyres gave out a loud snap and decided to end its life there and then. No, I wasn't blasting down the expressway, I was just cruising and admiring the fine lines of the MP4-12C.

Anyway, I found a safe spot to park the car and inspect the damage and it turns out pretty bad as the pictures below would illustrate.

Deciding on replacement tyres aren't a problem as I've already knew my next tyres will be the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric II. I have nothing but praises on the previous set of Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric, so why not continue with the improved Asymmetric II.

Here is what tirerack have got to say about them:-

"The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 is Goodyear's Max Performance Summer tire developed for the drivers of high performance sports cars, coupes and sedans. In addition to being designed to deliver improved handling and steering response, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 features Goodyear ActiveBraking Technology to enhance stopping performance on dry and wet roads. However, like all summer tires, it is not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.

The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2's tread compound combines Goodyear race traction resins for dry grip, high surface silica for wet traction and high molecular weight polymers to optimize tread stiffness. This compound is molded into an asymmetric tread design with a wide, solid outboard shoulder to increase cornering traction and continuous notched inboard ribs to improve high speed stability. Goodyear's ActiveBraking Technology 3-dimensional tread element designs increase surface contact with the road to reduce stopping distances during heavy braking, while its wide circumferential grooves disperse water from the tire footprint.

The internal structure of the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 includes twin steel belts reinforced with spirally wrapped polyamide cord to enhance tread stability and high-speed capability. Goodyear's lightweight, racing-derived construction lowers unsprung mass to increase performance while their crossed plies casing improves steering precision, handling and stopping power."

And the ratings from Tyre Reviews in the UK.

And finally, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric II fitted onto the ER34. :)

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