The following tyre tests news, provided by courtesy of TyrePress.
Goodyear’s ultra-high performance Eagle F1 GS -D3 has been awarded first place in a test of 11 top competitors conducted by the editors of Car & Driver. The F1 was praised for its strong wet performance and for have dry handling characteristics comparable with the best dry performers. Continental’s ContiSportContact 2 took second place earning compliments for its “very good” performance in the wet. Yokohama’s Advan Neova AD07 took third place and was praised for its grip: “If you’re looking to cut the quickest lap times while using a street tyre, this is the one to have,” the magazine reported.
According to Car & Driver staff: “Testing tyres is a difficult job (and probably the reason we haven’t conducted such a test since 1989). But tyres are a most critical part of your car, your only connection to the road.” Both wet and dry performance tests were conducted, with the magazine editors joined by racing instructors.
When the tyre smoke cleared, the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 held a commanding overall top score, achieving 1050.4 points out of a possible 1100 points in categories such as dry performance, wet performance, price and tread wear.
Michelin’s Pilot Sport PS2 took fourth place, with Hankook’s Ventus R-S2 Z212 in fifth. The Dunlop SP Sport Maxx and Pirelli P Zero Rosso Asimmetrico were virtually tied for sixth and seventh place respectively, while the Toyo Proxes T1R held took eight place. The Bridgestone Potenza RE050A, BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KD and Kumho Ecsta MX brought up the rear.
“As an all-around high-performance tyre, you can’t beat this Goodyear. It was the best performer in all three wet-track tests and was very competent in the dry. The Goodyear gripped so well that you might not have been certain the road was wet,” the magazine commented.
Goodyear UK’s James Bailey added: “We are delighted that the Eagle F1 was rated number one in this test, and in the many other tyre tests in which it’s appeared, such as the recent Auto Express, Autocar and Which? reports In addition to these UK titles there is a large collection of wins for the F1 across other European titles. A recent tyre test, Eurotuner Magazine’s “tyre Test 2005,” named the Eagle F1 as “best of the bunch” in the magazine”s November issue. German magazines Auto Zeitung; Sport Auto Magazine and Auto Bild have also rated the F1 number one. No other tyre has won as many accolades in this sector.”