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Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance: Track test

Manufacturers Published the 12/04/2013 by Susan

Goodyear invited us to its test track at Mireval, near Montpellier, to test the EfficientGrip Performance and compare it with some of its competitors on the wet.

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Wet road driving: Disconcertingly easy

First of all, Goodyear suggested we test two cars on a wet track (constant and controlled water level), in this case two VW Golf VII’s: One fitted with the EfficientGrip Performance, and the other fitted with competitor’s tyres, also with an A label rating for wet grip.

The EfficientGrip Performance came out top handling wet roads with disconcerting ease.  The tyre is safe, responsive and offers excellent grip balance between the front and rear. Result: Neutral handling, the car neither understeers (the front slides) nor oversteers (the rear slides).

These impressions confirm the results obtained by experts from TÜV SÜD, the independent testing organisation. Indeed, following tests conducted on the same track, the EfficientGrip Performance was an average of 2.5 seconds faster than its competitors.

Dry road driving

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For the second test, Goodyear let us drive a Mercedes Class A 200 capable of 156 horsepower.  Technical and twisty, the Mireval track is the ideal place to put the tyre through its paces to focus on points such as direction change, traction or stability. We were able to check the impact of the optimised carcass and tread compound on road holding, and in particular, precision and responsiveness.

In these extreme conditions, the EfficientGrip Performance forms a coherent whole with the drive axles. Handling is neutral and the car does not suffer from understeer or oversteer. Precision is manifest and the feeling of security is complete.

To give you a better idea of how this tyre handles, we filmed the test using an onboard camera with telemetry.   In particular, compare how the vehicle's steering power responds to steering actions.

 

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