Goodyear returns to Endurance and Le Mans 24 Hours
American tyre manufacturer Goodyear has announced its return to the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the start of the 2019/2020 season. A new range of tyres has been developed for the occasion.
A Le Mans comeback
Goodyear returns to Endurance! After several years away from motorsports, the American tyre manufacturer has announced its return to sportscar racing, starting this year. It will supply a new range of tyres for the FIA World Endurance Championship from August 2019 in the LMP2 and LMGTE categories with its sights set on the legendary Le Mans 24 hours at the end of next season. Cars equipped with Goodyear tyres have won this race on 14 occasions.
This motorsport championship, where the duration of races varies from 4 hours to 24 hours, is a real challenge for Goodyear who has not taken part in this type of race since 2006. “Goodyear has chosen sportscar racing for the first step of its World Championship racing comeback. It provides a strong platform for demonstrating tyre technologies on a wide range of different prototype and GT cars”, said Ben Crawley, Motorsport Director at Goodyear. “It is a motivating challenge for our technology teams in our European innovation centres ahead of exploring other racing opportunities for the brand”, he concluded.
A new range of tyres
For over a year, Goodyear has been working on a new range of tyres for Le Mans prototypes. Developed in its innovation centres at Hanau in Germany and Colmar-Berg in Luxembourg, these tyres use the same types of technologies as the Eagle F1 Supersport range. Designed for sports cars, this product line is at ease on both the track and the road, and it is the perfect example of how Goodyear transfers its know-how between motorsport and road tyres.