Goodyear and Brabham Automotive co-develop tyres

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Goodyear and Brabham Automotive have announced a technical tyre collaboration across racing and road car developments, rekindling a winning partnership that began in 1965.

Goodyear will supply racing tyres for the track-only BT62 car, which will make its racing debut at Brands Hatch in the Britcar ‘Into the Night’ race on the 9th and 10th November. This unrestricted track car is limited to a production run of 70 vehicles, weighing in at 972kg (dry) and producing 700bhp from its 5.4-litre V8 engine. With over 1,200kg of downforce, a motorsport-derived tyre development program is crucial; thus the track-only version of the BT62 will be fitted with Goodyear Racing tyres similar to those supplied for FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) cars.

The BT62 is also available with Brabham’s road-compliant conversion option, which will include tyres from the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport range which was launched earlier this year. The SuperSport combines Goodyear’s racing experience and road tyre technology to optimise grip and handling.

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The Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport range’s performance is enhanced through the use of a motorsport-derived high-friction compound, providing “exceptional” lateral grip and traction. This compound technology is closely related to Goodyear’s FIA WEC tyres that will be used in the 2019/20 season, beginning at Silverstone on 1st September.

Dan Marks, commercial director at Brabham Automotive said, “Goodyear and Brabham enjoyed success together over four decades in F1. To reignite this technical collaboration is exciting. We’ve chosen to work with Goodyear as they have the tyre technology to support our goal of achieving the highest levels of performance on both the road and track.”

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