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Meet the Goodyear Oxygene, the Tire That Makes Oxygen!

Meet the Goodyear Oxygene, the Tire That Makes Oxygen!

This is what tire concepts have evolved into

Goodyear has become the latest tire manufacturer to unveil a revolutionary tire concept that could change the industry for the better. The Ohio-based company went to the Geneva Motor Show to showcase the Oxygene, a tire concept that employs artificial intelligence, generates its own electricity, and is filled with living moss. When was the last time you saw a tire with that much capability? Never? You’d be right.

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Goodyear Treading Hot Water Over RV Tire Probe Lawsuit

Goodyear Treading Hot Water Over RV Tire Probe Lawsuit

Tiremaker could be in a lot trouble if it’s found to be withholding data away from investigators

Tire manufacturer Goodyear is in hot water in the wake of an investigation launched by federal safety officials on allegations that some older Goodyear motorhome tires are susceptible to fail and cause deadly crashes. The probe is being conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which started its investigation after a court ordered the release of Goodyear data from lawsuits that had been previously sealed under court orders and confidential settlement agreements.

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2017 Six Hours of Bahrain - Race Report

2017 Six Hours of Bahrain - Race Report

Toyota wins final race of the season. Porsche says goodbye to WEC racing

The final hurrah of the Porsche 919 Hybrid was dented by Toyota’s determination to outscore their German rivals in the number of victories this season, which they did by scoring the fifth win in Bahrain to end the season on a high. Porsche returned to Le Mans with a car worthy of the overall victory in 2014 after a 16-year hiatus, and it promptly went on to bag three consecutive world titles (manufacturers’ and drivers’) and three Le Mans victories, albeit making the best out of Toyota’s misfortune, especially in 2016. This page of sports car racing history was to have its last lines written this weekend at the final round of the FIA WEC – The Six Hours of Bahrain.

The track in the middle of the desert posed nearly unique challenges in terms of tire management, but Porsche was confident they could score a farewell victory, which would have brought their total tally to a record-breaking 18. Audi, mind you, have gathered 17 between 2012 and 2016 and that’s exactly how much Porsche got between 2014 and 2016. Toyota, meanwhile, had gathered 15 and had the ability to get the 16th in Bahrain, thus derailing Porsche’s final WEC gig. The two teams were, roughly, on equal terms, so who got it?

It wasn’t a matter of championships being decided, at least not in LMP1, since Porsche got the job done with races to spare so, at the top, it was just about the last installment of the Porsche vs. Toyota duel. Lower down the order, however, there was very much still to play for as titles were undecided in LMP2, GTE-Pro, and GTE-Am.

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The Bugatti Chiron's Tires Are Actually Cheaper Than The Veyrons

The Bugatti Chiron’s Tires Are Actually Cheaper Than The Veyrons

By how much is the question

It’s a well-known thing in automotive circles that if you own a Bugatti Veyron, the costs of maintaining it over time could be just as expensive as buying it. Annual maintenance for the almighty machine costs $20,000. If you happen to live in a state that charges car property tax, then the cost of simply owning a Veyron will set you back close to $50,000 a year. That’s like buying a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 every year just because. Then again, none of those costs compare to the ridiculous price of the Veyron’s tires. A fresh set will set you back as much as $40,000, and you’ll only be able to drive them for 2,500 miles because they’ll have to be replaced after that. I bring all of this up because, in a recent interview with CarBuzz, Bugatti Principal Engineer Martin Grabowski revealed that the set of tires on the new Bugatti Chiron is actually much cheaper than the Veyrons. Of course, the Chiron costs three times as much as the Veyron, but I’m not worried about that. It’s those tires that matter!

To put into context, Grabowski said that the Chiron doesn’t use the specially designed Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires that the Veyron used. Instead, Bugatti’s new supercar uses a standard rim geometry and standard mounting process, which means that according to Grabowski, “the tires can be mounted and changed anywhere.” Even better, the tires that the Chiron uses have been reportedly been tested to handle the supercar’s incredible 261-mph top speed, and quite possibly more given that Bugatti is still “testing them to see how far they can go.” And as far as the price goes, it’s expected to be “much cheaper,” according to Grabowski. He didn’t specify the actual price, but don’t be surprised if a set goes for around $20,000, which would make Grabowski’s statement technically true.

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Bridgestone To Begin Offering New Tires For The Jaguar XJ220

Bridgestone To Begin Offering New Tires For The Jaguar XJ220

Daddy needs a new pair of shoes

What’s that? You desperately want fresh rubber for your 20-plus-year-old supercar? Well, fear not, because Bridgestone is here to help. Working in conjunction with U.K.-based XJ220 specialist Don Law, Bridgestone has announced that it’s developing a next-gen tire for Jag’s decades-old two-seat speed wedge.

For some time now, XJ220 owners have had to tread carefully (see what I did there?) when it came time to actually using the XJ220’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6, as appropriately sized tires are no longer in production.

Now, however, following a “coming together of minds” between Bridgestone and Don Law, the tire maker will coordinate a new compound for the uber-kitty, bringing the car’s original chief development engineer and test driver along for the ride. A pre-production XJ220 model will provide the test bed.

“It’s very important to keep such iconic vehicles running today and supporting people like Don Law and his team of expert technicians,” said Christophe de Valroger, Vice President Consumer OE at Bridgestone Trope. “ Technology has moved on significantly in the last 25 years and we believe we will be able to produce a tire that will keep the smile on the face of the enthusiast drivers of the XJ220.”

The plan is to get the tires finished in time for the model’s twenty-fifth anniversary next year.

I think that’s worthy of a burnout, don’t you?

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Labor Day Deals: Winter Tire Shopping

Labor Day Deals: Winter Tire Shopping

Deals can be found before the weather turns

Labor day signals the end of summer for most folks in America, and that means winter conditions are looming. For drivers, that means slushy roads packed with ice and deep snow bank ready to swallow a compact pickup. Thankfully winter tires offer superior traction when temperatures drop and moister accumulates. But winter tires can be pricy and require shop fees to install.

However, there are Labor Day deals to be found.

An article by Consumer Reports says many tire manufactures are running special sales prices during the Labor Day weekend. These deals, when often times comes by rebate credit cards, can run between $50 to $100 in savings. Big name tires shops may also be running special deals on top of any tire brand rebates. Even local mom-and-pops shops may offer some form of Labor Day savings. In this case, it literally pays to shop around.

But good deals aren’t all to look for. Choosing winter tires designed for your particular vehicle is important. Just like with all-season tires, load ratings are important to follow. Large trucks like the Ford Super Duty and Nissan Titan XD may require E-rated tires. Generally speaking, a name-brand retailer or highly regarded online tire retailer should help you with choosing the right tire. However, it’s always best to arm yourself with some knowledge about winter tire purchasing.

We’ve got several articles detailing tire buying and testing. Check them out here.

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Goodyear Debuts Winter Tire Built for SUVs

Goodyear Debuts Winter Tire Built for SUVs

It’s never too early to plan for winter driving

It might be July, but Goodyear has just released its newest winter tire built specifically for SUVs and crossovers. It’s called the UltraGrip Ice SUV and it promises to offer better extreme cold weather traction than other dedicated winter tires. Yep, it’s supposed to outperform other winter tires when the mercury drops to arctic-type conditions.

Goodyear says the secret is in the rubber compound and complex tread sipping. The compound, called the IceGrip compound, maintains a greater degree of flexibility at extremely low temperatures. This gives the tire a better chance at keeping traction beyond temperatures that most winter tires begin to harden up – and well beyond the point all-season tires become blocks of hardened rubber.

Second only to the compound, tread sipping is the most important aspect of a winter tire. The UltraGrip Ice tire uses angled and interlocking sipes that both grip the road and resist squirming. On top of that, the tire is designed with heavier vehicles in mind. The tread pattern is wider than most winter tires, giving the UltraGrip Ice a larger contact patch for better grip. Goodyear calls this its ActiveGrip Technology.

All this leads to better cornering stability and shorter braking distances – two things critical when driving in snow and ice.

Further helping owners get the most from their tires is Goodyear’s TOP indicator. Small snowflakes are seen in the tread pattern when the tires are new. As they age with mileage, the snowflakes become shallower. When the snowflakes are gone, it’s time to replace the tire. This occurs at roughly 25 percent tread depth. That might sound premature, but tread depth is extremely important at whisking away snow, ice, and water.

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Goodyear's Eagle-360 Tire Concept

Goodyear’s Eagle-360 Tire Concept

The tire of the future may also power the cars of the future

Do you happen to remember the2004 Audi RSQ concept? Well, if you don’t, let me refresh your memory. It was the same car driven by Will Smith early on in the film iRobot as he battled a number of really pissed off robots. The whole RSQ vs. Robots scene was pretty spectacular, but did you notice how the RSQ and those large robot haulers were able to move in almost any direction? In one scene, as the first robot hauler passes the Audi RSQ you can see it rides on these large Spherical tires, and it’s safe to assume that RSQ had the same time of tire hidden behind the metal. It only took 12 years, but at the 86th Geneva International Motor show, GoodYear debuted its concept of the Eagle GT-360 – the tire that the RSQ and those robot haulers needed for unlimited maneuverability.

Along with a conceptual model, Goodyear also released some futuristic specs on the tire that may change the way cars roll, at least until they start flying anyway. Basically, the design is based on the concept of self-driving cars and will allow unlimited maneuverability with an equipped car able to move in all directions. According to Goodyear, this would contribute to safety for passengers and cope with space limitations such as tight parking spaces. Furthermore, the tires would have embedded sensors to communicate road and weather conditions to the vehicle and other vehicles on the road. The sensors would also monitor and regulate tread wear evenly to increase the life of the tire.

Another major feature of the concept is the 3D printed tread and its design. It is printed to mimic the pattern of brain coral and is able to behave like a sponge. Basically, it can stiffen in dry conditions and soften when wet for better performance and aquaplaning resistance. That’s cool and all, but how exactly will the tires be driven and how will they connect to the car? Well, we asked those questions too, so keep reading to find out what we think.

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Burnouts: The Science Behind It, What Goes Wrong, And How To Do It The Right Way

Burnouts: The Science Behind It, What Goes Wrong, And How To Do It The Right Way

Don’t be the next one to look like a fool leaving your local auto show

Burnouts. They are a great past time for any guy who has had a car with a little bit of power and a necessary evil for those who like to hit the quarter mile strip on the weekend. It seems pretty easy, right? Slam the gas, let the wheels break loose, steer the car, and hope people stay out of your way. Unfortunately, it’s really not that simple. The internet is littered with videos of “that guy” and the untimely demise of his car because he just didn’t know what he was doing.

See, there is a lot more to burnouts that just having raw power in your hands. There is a science to it, as well as skill. You have to know your car, how to control a skid, and everything has to be just right, or you might end up biting a curb, destroying your car’s drivetrain, hitting another car, or worse. In this article, we’re going to cover the science behind burning out, why things tend to go wrong, and discuss how to do it the right way, so you don’t end up staring in the next viral video of a driver who bites off more he can chew while leaving an auto show.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, I want to start by saying that there is an overwhelming number of burnout fail videos involving Mustangs. I don’t know why that is. I do have an opinion, but we’ll leave that discussion for a more appropriate forum (maybe the comments section below.) That said, I have made it a point to only include one Mustang fail video here so you Ford fans don’t get your panties in a bunch. Other bits we’ll discuss include a Chevy Camaro that eats the curb, a Dodge Charger that loses its nose, a BMW that catches on fire, and a Chevy Corvette that will need a lot more than $600 tires after a failed attempt at burning out. While it might be fun to laugh at the guys here (not that they don’t deserve to be laughed at, at least a little,) the important thing here is to identify what went wrong, why things took a nasty turn, and what you need to know so your car can live to show off another day.

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FCA Debuts Mopar-Sourced Winter Wheel & Tire Packages

FCA Debuts Mopar-Sourced Winter Wheel & Tire Packages

Fiat Chrysler Automobile is rolling out a new program this winter. Chrysler’s long-time parts group, Mopar, is now offering winter wheel and tire packages available at the local dealership level. This marks the first time an automaker is offering such a service.

“Mopar is rolling out our first-ever offering of winter wheel assemblies for those customers who desire a little extra control during the cold weather seasons,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “The assemblies arrive ready to install and deliver additional peace of mind, even in areas unaffected by the harshest winter weather.”

This simplistic yet profound program helps keep customer dollars flowing into FCA dealerships rather than going to aftermarket tire shops or online tire retailers. What’s more, FCA dealers take care of all the installation, including programming the Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

Customers can choose their preference of tire from brands including Bridgestone, Goodyear, Yokohama, Pirelli, BF Goodrich, Michelin, and Continental. The winter tires are then mounted on cost-effective steel rims, which are fitted with the required TPMS sensor. Mopar is offering more than 1,100 fitment sizes for many of its vehicles.

The vehicle list includes the Dodge Caravan, Dodge Charger, Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300, and Jeep Cherokee. Both the AWD and RWD versions of the Charger and 300 sedans, along with the Cherokee, are included in the fitments.

Prices for the winter wheel and tire packages start at $242 per tire and peak at $292 per tire. Installation is a separate charge.

Come spring, the winter tires can be swapped out for the vehicle’s standard wheel and tire combo. Though FCA doesn’t mention it, the customer is likely responsible for hauling and storing the unused set of tires.

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Battle of the Streets Brings The Fastest Cars In Los Angeles

Battle of the Streets Brings The Fastest Cars In Los Angeles

We’re deep into the throes of March Madness, which means college basketball lovers all over the country are filling out their bracket predictions in anticipation of a new national champion. Now, high-performance and off-road tire manufacturer Nitto is offering car enthusiasts the same opportunity with its “Battle of the Streets” drag racing competition. Get it right, and Nitto might send you to Vegas for an Exotics Racing driving experience, which sure beats the hell out of office bragging rights. 

Here’s how it works: from now until March 25th, you can go to battleofthestreets.com to submit your bracket, selecting winners and losers from a pool of sweet sixteen speed machines, narrowing it down to a single, ultimate winner. There are four rounds of competition, with the final shootout taking place April 6th. 

The venue of choice is the infamous 6th Street Bridge in downtown Los Angeles, and this competition will be the final production filmed there before the bridge is torn down and replaced. The cars are an assortment of domestic muscle, high-tech imports, and European exotics, some modified, others stock. 

“Nitto Tire has always had a deep connection with enthusiasts” said Stephen Leu, Nitto Tire U.S.A.’s Assistant Brand Publishing Manager. “That is why it means so much to us to be able to bring together so many amazing cars to create a bracket tournament-style event just for our gearhead fans. We have gone out of our way to locate some of the rarest and coolest cars for this video and can’t wait to see who comes out on top.”

So then – which car will take the win?

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Goodyear's New Concept Tires

Goodyear’s New Concept Tires

Tire technology has always been something of a black art – even the word “vulcanization” refers to a pagan god long associated with sorcery and the fiery underworld. Prior to having a rubber-hardening process named after him, Vulcan was also the patron deity of alchemy – the practice of “transmuting” one substance or energy into another. Today’s chemistry and physics owe much to this “black art;” the First Law of Thermodynamics, for example, is little more than a restatement of alchemy’s “principle of equivalent exchange.”

Nobody’s saying tire tech is a “black art” in the sense of being occult – more in the respect that no matter how much they’ve advanced in the last century, tires have always looked pretty much the same, and performed the same job. The black art of tire development has long put improvements under the surface, with outward revolution the exception and gradual evolution the rule.

But every so often, something comes along to truly revolutionize everything we believe about what a thing is or what it does.

Meet the Goodyear BH03 Thermoelectric and TripleTube tires, introduced in Geneva last week.

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I Tortured Cooper Winter Tires

I Tortured Cooper Winter Tires

I am testing a set of winter tires from Cooper Tire to see how much benefit a driver in the snow belt will receive, and so far I have learned a lot. With lots of ice, slush and just plain freezing temps on clear roads, I have discovered why winter tires are a smart purchase. That said, I really can’t give a full review of these tires unless I get a chance to test them in real heavy winter conditions. As it happens, Cooper was holding a winter-tire testing event in Canada, and our tires were on the list of included products.

I asked if I could follow the team up to Canada to give the tires a good flogging on ice and snow, and they were more than happy to oblige. As a bonus I got a chance to test out a new all-season tire that is supposed to be nearly as good as winter rubber in the snow, I was able to test a more performance-oriented SUV winter tire, and I even learned how to drift a BMW on ice. If you remember the mayhem that happened the last time I got to be a tire tester, well, it happened again. This time we killed a Jeep though, not a Corvette.

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One Month With The Cooper Tire WM-SA2

One Month With The Cooper Tire WM-SA2

A few weeks ago I asked if you should use winter tires on your car, even if you don’t see that much snow. Well I have since slapped a set of winter rubber from Cooper Tire on my daily driver and have spent a few weeks trekking through the gray, wet and slushy mess that is winter in East Tennessee. So far the tires have seen rain storms that turned to ice storms, snow in the Appalachian mountains, clear roads but with temperatures in the single digits, and even a few random warm days with temps near 60.

Overall in the last month or so, I have experienced three of the four seasons with my winter tires and I have lived to tell the tale. But more than that, I have learned a lot about what makes my tire choice a smart decision in this climate, and what makes it seem less intelligent.

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 Is Winter Rubber Worth It, Even If You Don't Have Snow?

Is Winter Rubber Worth It, Even If You Don’t Have Snow?

Winter tires seems to be a collection voodoo and marketing claims to most normal people in the world, but in the cold-weather compounds have been seeing a rise in popularity. With that increase in public awareness, there has been a large collection of myths and misunderstandings spread about them as well. I have met people think that winter tires only work in the snow, while others think that using them will hurt your fuel economy and NVH.

Living at the base of the Smokey Mountains, I find my car has to endure a wide collection of various weather scenarios in the winter, and I wanted to see if a good set of winter tires would have a positive effect in such a transitional area. Thanks to my proximity to the mountains, and the wild weather of Tennessee, there have already been weeks wear I was driving in sunny 60-degree weather on Monday, only to have snow falling on Wednesday.

With rubber compounds that are created to not only handle snow and ice, but to generally improve traction and drivability on clear roads when the weather drops, I felt like maybe I should give winter tires a chance to see how they affected my car. My Volkswagen Golf was in need of new tires anyways, so I felt this was the perfect opportunity. I gave the cool kids over at Cooper Tires a call to see if they had any suggestions for me, and they were kind enough to send me a new set of shoes for my VW.

Over the next several months I will be reporting back on my thoughts about how they feel, how they handle, and how they wear during a wild winter in TN. With ice storms, random snowfall, random warm swings and lots of rain in temps just above freezing, it’s the perfect chance to see if winter rubber really is a better option than a set of all-seasons.

Read on to learn more about our new tires, and why winter rubber is a good idea

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Cooper Tires CS5 Review

Cooper Tires CS5 Review

When Cooper set out to make the CS5 Touring line of car tires, it didn’t want to create just another tire. It wanted to celebrate what it has built and grown into over the last 100 years. It wanted to create one of its best tires ever. More than that, the company wanted to prove that it could create tires that are world-beating, and every bit as impressive as those from companies like Michelin and Pirelli.

Cooper invited a collection of journalists including myself to come to its tire testing facility in Texas to give these tires a real test. We spent time doing laps in wet and dry to push these slabs of rubber to the breaking point. As there are two models in the lineup, Grand Touring and Ultra Touring, Cooper was even kind enough to round up cars wearing competitor rubber from Pirelli and Hankook to prove just how good the new tire really was.

Cooper threw the gauntlet, handed us the keys to some BMWs and Mustangs, and let us decide who the winner was. Does the CS5 live up to all the hype?

Read on to learn more about the Cooper Tire CS5.

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Texas, Tire Smoke and a Broken C7: My Day as a Tire Tester

Texas, Tire Smoke and a Broken C7: My Day as a Tire Tester

My eyes were tired, and the sun was unnaturally bright for 7 a.m. on Tuesday, but the warm Texas weather gave me satisfaction as I opened the balcony door. In just a few short hours I would be throwing cars around a racetrack as I began my one-day crash course on tire testing and comparisons.

I’ve been on worse assignments.

The event was put together and hosted by Cooper Tire. The American tire company, one of the last still operating in the US, has just released the new CS5 line of premium touring tires. With more than 2-million testing miles, and built as a replacement for the company’s best-selling tire ever, the CS5 is quite an ambitious project. Oh, Cooper is also celebrating its 100th anniversary as well. Somehow, I have been invited along with a selection of my colleagues to put this new tire through its paces.

The day would consist of laps around both dry and wet circuits to test the tires abilities, and Cooper had brought along some competition for us to compare against as well. Our weapons of choice included the new BMW 328i and some V6-powered Ford Mustangs.

I would learn a lot about tires, myself, and the breaking point of a C7 Corvette’s rear differential.

Read on to learn more about my day as a tire tester and find out how I did

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Video: Dodge Challenger Breaks Quarter-Mile Record

Video: Dodge Challenger Breaks Quarter-Mile Record

The first-generation Dodge Challenger was one of the quickest muscle cars you could have back in the early 1970s. The R/T model, for instance, needed just 6.2 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph and 13.7 seconds to complete the quarter mile. That was pretty quick 40 years ago.

The current Challenger can still hold its own against the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro — the only modern muscle cars around — but its 0-to-60 and quarter mile figures have improved only slightly.

However, these numbers tend to become spectacular under NHRA regulations, where superchargers, aerodynamic tweaks and drag race-spec tires can make things astoundingly fast. Racing driver Rob Goss, for exacmple, managed to take his 2009 Challenger into seven-second territory last year, setting a new quarter-mile record for the model.

More recently though, Goss improved his benchmark once again by completing the 1320 in only 7.32 seconds at 187 mph, making his DragPak-fitted Mopar the fastest modern-day Dodge Challenger out there.

The record pass was achieved during the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) Muscle Car Series in the Street Outlaw Class at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida. Word has it that Goss is set to reach new heights by the end of the year.

In case you’re wondering, this specific Challenger is powered by a 404-cubic-inch, aluminum V-8 engine built by BES Racing paired with a Pro Charger F1X supercharger.

Speaking of superchargers and Challengers, did you know the 2015 Challenger is getting a "Hellcat" V-8 engine that’s expected to deliver at least 640 horsepower? More info about this spectacular mill, as well as on the facelifted Challenger, are about to become official at the New York Auto Show this week, so make sure you stick around and don’t miss any of the details.

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BFGoodrich Tires Racking Up Wins at SCORE Baja 1000

BFGoodrich Tires Racking Up Wins at SCORE Baja 1000


BFGoodrich has certainly made a name for itself over the years in all arenas of motorsports, but its last major victory was in the 46th annual Tecate SCORE International desert racing series within the 2013 Baja 1000. Drivers rolling on BFGs captured four of the top five overall positions in the series. Adding to BFGoodrich’s bragging rights, the company also equipped seven of the top 10 Trophy Trucks with its tires.

What’s more, BFGoodrich claimed wins in 10 vehicle classes, including defending its title in the Baja Challenge Class as Team BFGoodrich’s BC2 team emerged victorious by a clear four-hour margin to with the event for the second straight year. The BC2 vehicle was driven by Terry Earwood, the Lead Instructor for Skip Barber Racing School.

Percentage wise, BFGoodrich was the clear leader with nearly 65 percent of all four-wheeled, race-finishing vehicles rolling on BFG-branded tires. Everything from BFG All-Terrain and Mud Terrain tread designs to desert-race specific tires and tread designs were represented.

The grueling high-speed, off-road race is 883 miles of huge dips, gullies, jumps, and deep sand that begins and ends at Ensenada, Mexico. Nearly 300 racers representing more than 20 counties must endure the incessant pounding and jostling of obstacles that would shred any stock vehicle. In fact, more than 50 percent of racers failed to finish the race within the 36-hour time limit. Adding to the Baja’s difficulties are booby-traps scattered across the course set by ill-willed spectators looking for a harrowing crash. More than a few vehicles each year are claimed by such a fate.

Click past the jump for more on the 2013 Baja 1000

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The Goodyear Ultra Grip 8 Keeps You on the Road This Winter

The Goodyear Ultra Grip 8 Keeps You on the Road This Winter

Once Wintertime falls upon us sports car owners, we typically park our babies in the garage for the season to avoid slipping and sliding all over the place in the snow and ice. Well, Goodyear has released a tire that helps eliminate slipping and sliding and is sized just right to fit your sports sedan and coupe.

Enter in the all-new Goodyear Ultra Grip 8, which is available in 11 popular sports sedan and coupe sizes, including ones that fit the Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, BMW 3 Series and many more. These tires feature a saw-shaped center section to help plow the snow out of the way when braking and variable-edged angle to grip firmly in the remaining snow and ice under the tire. Additionally, the Ultra Grip 8 features a directional pattern that helps usher water away after the snow melts.

Another common complaint about sports cars in the Wintertime is the fact that the tires never properly warm up, leaving the sidewalls and tread stiffer than normal, which lowers ride quality and reduces handling capabilities. Well, Goodyear solves this with its special blend of polymers and silica to keep the rubber compound soft and tacky, even in very cold conditions, so you can enjoy the twisties below freezing without drastically reducing handling capabilities.

We’ll get a full review on the all-new Goodyear Ultra Grip 8’s as soon as possible, but like all Goodyear tires, we expect them to live up to the hype.

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Michelin Puts its New Pilot Sport A/S 3 to the Test

Michelin Puts its New Pilot Sport A/S 3 to the Test

With summertime about halfway over and fall bearing down on all of us, the thought of taking the summer tires off of your beloved ride in favor of all-season rubber that just doesn’t perform the same is depressing. With exception to us southern-state dwellers, you need a set of tires that can handle the rain, snow and ice that the winter, fall and spring present us, and most summer tires simply can’t handle the elements. Well, Michelin has an all-new all-season tire that packs summer tire-like stickiness with an all-season design and features: the Pilot A/S 3.

This all-new Pilot Sport tire uses a special blend of silica to help enhance the "sticky" feeling of the tire and a tread design that helps jettison water from under your car’s footprint. The combination of water channeling and extra silica really helps the tire bite down on the road. Additionally, variable-thickness sipes on the outer section of the tread help break up the tension in the water and then lock together to create maximum rubber contact to the asphalt.

When it comes to tires, you cannot base purchasing decisions on sheer performance, unless you have tons of money to blow. You also have to consider how long the manufacture guarantees the tire will last. Most summer tires don’t include a mileage warranty and most all-season tires with any sort of warranty are too hard to perform well. Michelin obviously found a nice balance with the Pilot A/S 3,as these shoes come with a 45,000-mile warranty.

A truly unique feature on the A/S 3 that surprises even me - a seasoned expert in the tire industry - is Michelin’s Helio Compound, which helps the rubber retain its soft and sticky properties in cold temperatures. This is a frequent complaint of all-season tire users, as it can take seemingly forever for your tires to get up to temperature on a cold day. Not only does this increase cold-weather grip, but it also increases comfort in cold weather.

You can snag up these tires now between the sizes of 175/65R15 and 285/35R20, which covers cars ranging from the Fiat 500 to the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG. Once we get our hands on a set of them, we will let you know just how well they do, so stay tuned!

Click past the jump to see detailed videos on these all-new tires and the crazy tests they underwent.

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Video: Michelin Introduces the New Pilot Sport A/S 3 Tire

Video: Michelin Introduces the New Pilot Sport A/S 3 Tire

When discussing tire brands, there are very few that have the history and cache of Michelin. The French tire manufacturer has been at the forefront of tire technology, and for its latest technological innovation, Michelin brought a roster of drivers to the NOLA Motorsports Park to test out the Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires.

Suffice to say, these tires give new meaning to the word ’versatility’. If assurances were currency that makes the world turn, Michelin’s promise of these tires’ capabilities are what you can consider as "taking it to the bank".

The Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires are built to last through all four seasons, so says Michelin. These bad boys match the traction of many summer tires while also offering the ability to drive in all seasons, including wet and wintery conditions.

And as the video will show you, Michelin’s test session at the NOLA Motorsports Park gives further credence to the overall capability and versatility of the French tire maker’s Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires.

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BFGoodrich Rival - Extreme Performance Tire Test

BFGoodrich Rival - Extreme Performance Tire Test

BFGoodrich is coming up with a new extreme-performance tire, the Rival. That category of tire is the last street-legal step before you go to the dark side with race-only tires. If you are looking for mind-blowing performance, you owe it to yourself to shop in that category. The usual suspects are the Hankook RS3, Toyo R1R, Yokohama AD08, Kumho XS and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup.

Until now, BFG’s most extreme street tire was the Comp-2. Launched in 2012, the Comp-2 tire received first place on TireRack’s ultra-high-performance tire survey, not bad.

Michelin acquired BFGoodrich in 1988, so while BFG tires are solely manufactured in the USA, BFG benefits from all the research and development Michelin can offer. Think about it, all the goodies at a lesser price and made in the USA!

The Rival offers a couple of very distinctive features that make BFG hope it will be the next big thing. To prove its worth, they invited us for a full day of torture testing against the competition. Keep reading for our impressions first hand.

UPDATE: BFG posted two new videos to promote their new Rival tire, check them out after the jump.

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