What are Performance Tires and Their Characteristics?
Performance tires typically feature the same basic elements as standard passenger tires; only they have been fine-tuned to maximize performance attributes. Below you'll find a description of these elements:
- Apex - usually made stiffer and wider than standard passenger tires to enhance cornering power.
- Chafer - some feature rim flange protectors to help protect wheels and provide lateral stiffness.
- Belts - usually at a lower angle than standard passenger tires, making it more responsive.
- Overlay - material and layup facilitate higher speed ratings.
- Tread Cap - compounding for both wet and dry traction.
- Tread Pattern - uses less blades and aggressive blocks to enhance handling capabilities.
Performance tires are developed and fine-tuned for an enhanced driving experience. Some of the features that go into a performance tire that allow it to provide driving enjoyment are:
- A short, low--profile sidewall to offer enhanced cornering
- Large tread blocks for dry traction and grip
- A stiff and wide apex to enhance cornering power
- Lower angle belts to allow for enhanced steering response
- Optimized compounds to enhance grip and traction on both wet and dry roads
At Goodyear, some of our sport performance tires feature these unique technologies:
- The Eagle® F1 Asymmetric All-Season features TredLock technology provides biting edges for commanding wet traction and grip in turns.
- The Goodyear Eagle® F1 Asymmetric 2™ tire offers Active Braking Technology for enhanced stopping power on wet and dry roads.
- Active CornerGrip® technology for commanding dry grip and ultra high-performance handling is featured in our Eagle® F1 Asymmetric tires
Low-Profile Tires are tires with a shorter sidewall height and a wide tread. Considering low-profile tires? These are some key advantages to making that switch:
- Low-profile tires typically have wider contact patches on the road
- These tires tend to offer enhanced traction and grip when it comes to steering and handling performance, such as the Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar® 3
- Optimal sidewall stiffness is one of the advantages that come with low-profile tires
- Low-profile tires tend to be more visually appealing with sleek sidewall styling shown in the Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate™
There are, however, a few things you'll want to consider first:
- The feel of steering may change
- You may encounter an increase in noise
- Driving comfort levels may change