Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 - Delivering performance responsibly
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 is a tire focused on performance. Its technologies such as Dry Contact Plus and Wet Braking Pro have been designed to give the sports and performance car driver a feeling of confidence and control. These technologies are also playing a role in helping improve the environment, as they introduce new innovative sustainable materials to the latest generation of the Eagle F1 family.
“In 2020, Goodyear set a bold goal to create a tire made 100% from sustainable materials by the end of the decade,” explains Philippe Schmit, Chief Engineer at Goodyear. “The scientists and engineers working on Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 have made great strides toward that goal.”
Schmit has vast experience in material development at Goodyear. With a career spanning roles in chemical development, compounding and material engineering he led the team of 20 experts in developing the raw materials for the new tire, as he explains: ‘The team is split so half focuses on raw materials and the other half on reinforcements, whether that be steel or organics. The main difference between Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 and its predecessor is the advanced new traction resins that make the Wet Braking Pro Technology performance so impressive. The fact that they are sustainable materials is something our team is proud of.”
Goodyear treated the development of raw materials for Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 as a global project, with the target of developing a resin that can be used across the company’s future UHP products.
Schmit adds: “Our brief was to create a resin that would boost traction and wet performance compared to the previous tire, but also hit our corporate sustainability goals. We’ve transitioned from petroleum oil-based resins to bio-resins. These are based on waste water from the paper manufacturing industry. The specific treatment of the water in that industry creates the basis for a new type of resin. This builds on Goodyear’s recent accolade from a Luxembourg business federation (FEDIL) in the Process category for its traction resin. We’ve found a significant performance improvement in using more of these resins to boost wet performance without impacting rolling resistance or wear.”
To illustrate the march towards a fully-sustainable tire, the tread on Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 has nearly three times as many bio-resins and double the amount of other sustainable materials as its predecessor.
More information on Goodyear’s Better Future strategy can be found here.
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