Goodyear has introduced its “ActiveBraking Tecnology” in this tyre, a tapered edge tread block design that develops more surface area under braking load, helping the “high surface silica tread compound” to work over a larger contact area, which is around 30 per cent more than before. This will aid to bring vehicles to a standstill in lesser time.
Tested by TÜV-SÜD Automotive at the launch against three leading competitors, namely the Bridgestone Potenza S001, Continental’s SportContact 5P and Pirelli’s PZero, the tyre decelerated from 80km/h to 20km/h in between 2m to 3.4m shorter than the average of its competitors. The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 was also quicker to brake than its rivals in a series of test conducted. In the low friction coefficient wet braking test, the new tyre reached 20km/h in 36.3m, while the SportContact 5P managed 38.2m. With higher friction wet braking, the tyre decelerated to 20km/h in 29.2m, 2.1m ahead of the Potenza S001. Finally in the dry braking sgment, which is measured by the distance the car travels to a complete halt from 100km/h, this second generation tyre travelled 32.4m, while the PZero did it in 33.9m.
The new tyre also promises lower emission levels and better mileage. It definitely sounds like a potential candidate as the replacement tyre on my car’s Continental Sports Contact 2 in a year’s time.