Goodyear, the well-known tyre manufacturer, must be real proud as its award winning Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 is the official tyre for the brand new 2012 Porsche 911 (991) Carrera 2. This means that one of the world’s leading sportscars will be fitted with the 235/40 ZR 19 (front) and 285/35 ZR 19 (rear) Goodyear tyres when first delivered to the customer.
One of the most important steps in buying a Porsche 911 is choosing the tires. When buying a Porsche for instance, its rear engine is structured in a way that it can provide exceptional traction. However this is only possible if the rear tires are able to transfer as much as 350 horsepower to the road.
A good choice for tires therefore would be the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 from Goodyear. The Goodyear brand has been known for its good quality and performance. The main consideration in manufacturing the Porsche 911 Carrera 2 was to give the experience of performance.
However another consideration was to have low emissions for CO2. This is where the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 comes in as it incorporates the FuelSaving Technology of Goodyear which can help in reducing CO2 emissions even further. The reason why this works is that the technology reduces the weight of the tire and together with the silica grade ‘high surface’, the rolling resistance of the tire is lowered and this reduces the heat generated as well.
The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2, in addition, also has what is known as the ActiveBraking Technology. The tire tread has a 3-dimensional block inside that enables the tire to increase the contact with the asphalt during braking. Eduardo Garrido, Marketing Manager at Goodyear, shared that braking and control is a significant factor that many drivers demand from a sports car much like the Porsche 911.
This has long been shown to be provided by the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2. It also has two new technologies that improve performance. The FuelSaving feature can help reduce fuel consumption while the ActiveBraking element allows shorter braking distances whether the road is dry or wet, Garrido concludes.
For those who don’t know, the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera is powered by a 3.4-litre boxer engine delivering 350 hp (~ 257 kW) and can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds when paired with the PDK, and in just 4.4 seconds when using the Sport Plus.