After a successful five year career full of accolades, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 is standing down. It will be replaced by the third Asymmetric to carry the name, designed more than ever for drivers looking for a versatile tyre.
The Eagle F1 range is well known in the sports tyre segment. Fitted on several cars as original equipment, this tyre has always excelled in terms of versatility allowing it to stand out in several comparison tests. Its strength lies in its excellent compromise between performance and safety.
The UHP (Ultra High Performance) tyre segment is booming. Equipping more and more compact and family saloon cars, this type of tyre is no longer just for sports cars. As such, it must provide more versatility and perhaps a little less on the pure sporty side. Since the previous generation, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric range is clearly heading in this direction. The Asymmetric 3 reinforces this positioning and intends making a name for itself in the UHP segment as a benchmark in terms of safety, particularly in wet conditions.
The Goodyear teams clearly state: the Asymmetric 3 has been developed with the aim of being market leader for performances that drivers consider as being key, such as wet grip. And to be even better than the tyre it replaces, 3 key technologies have been developed:
The optimised tread design (arrangement and shape of tread blocks)
The new generation tread compound with adhesive resin
A reinforced construction
Goodyear says this tyre is significantly better than the Asymmetric 2, and above all, its performance is excellent compared with competitor tyres, according to a study conducted by Dekra.
Our test was conducted on Goodyear’s “wet” test track in the South of France (Mireval) behind the wheel of a 300 hp Golf 7 R. The principle behind this type of track is the ability to guarantee constant driving conditions and a relatively uniform amount of water on the track.
We already know this track since we have already tested various tyres on it such as the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance. As a result, we know the track surface is grippy and that the loss of grip can be sudden with certain tyres.
The first laps were put in at a moderate pace to assess the tyre on its lateral grip and overall balance. In both cases, the Asymmetric 3 is relatively neutral, and even responsive. By increasing the pace and pushing it a bit, the tyre proves to be reassuring and progressive where other sports tyres can be more temperamental.
Corners entered with optimism ended with a slight understeer (the front slides), which is relatively easy to control by releasing the accelerator and turning the steering wheel to correct the trajectory. Braking tests conducted on the wet confirmed this impression, since during our tests the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 required, on average, a car length less to stop at 80 km/h than its predecessor, the Asymmetric 2.
To conclude, we are already able to assess the very positive feeling this new tyre leaves and its undeniably high level of wet grip. To find out more about its real level of performance, check out its ratings.
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 is fitted as original equipment on vehicles such as the Jaguar XF, the Mercedes E-Class or the Chevrolet Camaro. It is now available for rim diameters ranging from 17- to 20 inches.
Michelin invited us to Vienna to test its commitment for tyres offering long lasting performance right up to the legal wear limit. While regulations on this subject are about to change, the French tyre manufacturer took the opportunity to praise the action of authorities to guarantee wet safety with worn tyres.