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Goodyear has announced that the latest Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 has been chosen by Mercedes-Benz for fitment on the exclusive new high performance CLS four-door coupe. Goodyear worked with many premium car manufacturers during the development of the latest flagship tyre, and the Mercedes-Benz CLS approval is the first announcement from the thirty current OE projects for the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2.
The tyre will be supplied in the 255/40R18 size for the recently launched Mercedes-Benz, just weeks after the international launch of the tyre, where the CLS was chosen to demonstrate the tyre’s performance on the demanding Monteblanco race circuit in Spain.
“This approval continues a long heritage of premium high performance Original Equipment fitments for the Goodyear Eagle F1 range of tyres” stated Xavier Fraipont, Director, Consumer Tyre Technology. “The previous F1 Asymmetric was chosen for cars as diverse as the Ferrari California, Porsche Cayman, Boxster and Panamera, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A7 and A8. To be chosen for the latest dynamic Mercedes-Benz model, so soon after introducing the tyre earlier this year, is evidence of the impressive performance and quality credentials of the latest Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2.”
In addition to winning OEM approvals, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 has also been winning test accolades straight after the launch. The well-respected German magazine, Auto Zeitung, tested a range of ultra-high performance tyres and declared the latest Goodyear as ‘Very Recommendable’. The magazine testers commented that the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 was ‘strong in braking and safe at anytime’. This reflects the findings from the testing by TÜV that highlighted the tyre’s impressive braking performance.
The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 was extensively tested by independent testing organization TÜV SÜD Automotive at test tracks in France and Germany in December 2010. The tyre performed exceptionally, delivering a three meter shorter braking distance on wet roads compared to the average performance of three leading competitors it was tested against. When the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 had come to a full stop, the competitors tested were still travelling at an average speed of 22km/h.1
The tyre also performed well in dry braking and handling tests, stopping 2 meters shorter than the average performance of the three leading competitors. On dry roads, the competitors tested were still travelling at an average speed of 24km/h while the Goodyear Eagle F1 had already come to a stop.
The TÜV SÜD Automotive test also confirmed that the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 delivers top-class rolling resistance in its category, something that is very important to all car manufacturers as they continue to reduce the Co2 emissions of their ranges.