The Goodyear Eagle F1 family has long been a top choice for petrolheads but with the launch of Asymmetric 6 Goodyear has also incorporated design elements to suit the specific demands of high-performance electric vehicles (EVs).
Every tyre in Goodyear’s range is EV-ready, but the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 has been specifically designed with manufacturers’ EV requirements in mind. Sales of electric vehicles (both pure EV and hybrid) accounted for nearly 30% of new cars sold in Europe during 2021, with almost every major motor manufacturer introducing an electrified car into its product range.
Recent launches from leading premium sports and performance car manufacturers have added to the list of electric cars that can accelerate faster than many supercars. Goodyear has experience in developing tyres for ultra high performance EVs, supplying tyres for cars such as the Audi e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT, Porsche Taycan and several Tesla models.
Goodyear’s electric vehicle and motorsport knowledge meant the company was chosen to supply a racing variant of the Eagle F1 family to the all-electric FIA ETCR – eTouring Car World Cup. Goodyear developed a unique treaded race tyre for the 670 hp electric race cars and is applying the learnings to its latest generation of road tyres, such as the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6.
Technology focus on improving range
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 innovations include a reduction in overall tyre weight and an aerodynamic sidewall shape to manage turbulence and airflow around the tyre and the side of the vehicle. Its new compound technology reduces rolling resistance, to help increase electric range2.
Quiet motors mean that road noise can be more noticeable on EVs. Goodyear has introduced a noise cancelling pattern that results in a sound reduction of 1 dB across the range and as much as 2 dB in selected sizes. This is aided by a thinner sipe design compared to Asymmetric 5 and an innovative radial chamfered groove to dampen noise frequencies.
Drivers of performance EVs demand more than just increased mileage and efficiency. The latest performance EVs are tempting drivers out of petrol and diesel cars to experience instant torque and power delivery. Goodyear has put a lot of focus on developing the adaptive contact patch and optimised cavity to suit heavier and more powerful vehicles.
Laurent Colantonio, Technology Director, Consumer Tyres EMEA: “Our goal was to be ready for the next generation of performance cars. With innovations to aid the power delivery, handling and traction of hyper-powerful EVs, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 delivers a thrilling drive, matched by efficiency improvements. A significantly reduced rolling resistance level helps the battery range as there is less energy dissipated. Also, the sidewall shape helps the aerodynamics at speed. Drivers are having fun with EVs. The faster reacting acceleration is often matched by quicker steering and a generally more responsive drive. With a design focused on steering precision and handling, Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 is ready to deliver in the electrified performance world.”
Goodyear’s focus on driving both performance and sustainability is illustrated by the use of bio-resins and other sustainable materials in Eagle F1 Asymmetric. To find out more about the march to a 100% sustainable tyre, click here.