OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
BFGOODRICH® INTRODUCES G-FORCE™ RIVAL™
New Extreme Performance Tire Offers Versatility
GREENVILLE, S.C. (Jan. 23, 2013) – BFGoodrich® today unveiled a new extreme performance tire called the g-Force™ Rival™. The tire will help BFGoodrich target a growing market of drivers
seeking extreme performance tires that are versatile enough to be used in auto-cross and track-day
events then driven home. The tires have a 200 Uniform Tire Quality Grade (UTQG) Rating, which
allows them to be used in racing where drivers must compete on 140+ UTQG tires.
“The g-Force Rival helps BFGoodrich fill a growing need in the extreme performance market,” said
Andrew Koury, BFGoodrich brand manager. “From autocross to road course events, on street or the track, we want drivers to own it.”
The Rival complements a successful BFGoodrich launch of the g-Force™ Sport Comp-2™ ultra high
performance street tire, which was introduced in February 2012. Unlike the mostly street
driven g-Force Sport COMP-2, the g-Force Rival was designed for track level abuse while providing
drivability on the street. The g-Force Rival is predictable, allowing drivers to turn faster lap times,
and turn heads on the street. Highlight features include:
The Rival will initially launch in 15 sizes with rim dimensions from 15-20 inches and 205-335 section
- Razor-sharp reflexes - The Performance Racing Core™ (PRC) with a reinforced internal
structure reduces sidewall flex for instant steering response.
- Designed to stick - Asymmetric tread with large, solid tread blocks on the outside shoulder to optimize cornering grip.
- Raise the limit - Extreme Tread Edge™ (ETE) design brings tread compound farther down
the shoulder for increased grip in hard cornering and predictable feedback.
- Consistent grip lap after lap — Silica-infused competition compound delivers better grip
from start to finish.
- Street legal with a UTQG treadwear rating of 200, so you can drive to the track and back.
width. The product will be available through TireRack.com with pre-orders beginning on Feb. 1
Stacy & Kyle Tucker Weigh in on the G-Force™ Rival™
Road Course with a Mustang FR500S:
The Rival™ provided precise and stable braking with confidence. They demonstrated precise turn-in and ability to achieve the apex. Very easy to drive at the limit.
The Falken didn't feel as stable under braking. It felt sloppy in the turns and when applying power.
Autocross with a BMW M3 and a Subaru:
The Rival™ has grip like an R1-S; however, it is easy to drive at the limit. The tire talks to you at the limit. If you overdrive a corner, it is easy to recover and continue on in the course. The tire is extremely precise on turn-in with hardly any lag.
These were harder to drive at the limit resulting in a spin or off-course. The tire felt sloppy and rolled over more with less grip.
In closing, thank you to BFGoodrich for a great launch of the new G-Force™ Rival™ tire. We can't wait to start using the Rival™ on every vehicle in the DSE fleet.
Detroit Speed thoroughly endorses the new BFGoodrich Rival™ tire for use on any Pro-Touring cars in the industry. This new tire will be a talent upgrade on the track while also a great tire to drive to and from the track. We will be using the Rival™ on every vehicle we build and so should you.
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