Goodyear Tires Adorn Shelby GT500





Putting all that power to the pavement is going to be a task all it's own and Goodyear has stepped up to the challenge by offering one of thier best performance tires. The specific tire selected for Shelby is the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar in size P255/45R18 for the front and P285/40R18 in the rear. From the picture above the tires don't look that sexy but I am sure they will get the job done. These tires are also found on the Chevrolet Corvette C-5 Z06, Chrysler 300C SRT and Ford GT.



Here is a little info I gathered about the tires from Tirerack.com. The Eagle F1 Supercar tires are designed to emphasize dry road traction and handling. Since these tires are Summer tires they are not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice for fear of traction loss. The information contained in the next paragraph is enough to make your head spin but is comprehendable.



Eagle F1 Supercar tires feature a high grip Goodyear AAtrax tread compound (the AAtrax name emphasizing that the Eagle F1 Supercar earns the highest "AA" Uniform Tire Quality Grade wet traction rating) molded into a slightly reduced tread depth (just 6/32" to 7/32" of new tread depth on Ford GT tires and 8/32" for Corvette tires) asymmetric tread design that combines large outer shoulder and intermediate tread blocks to increase initial steering response and cornering stability with a solid center rib to maintain constant road contact and enhance straight-line tracking. Wide circumferential grooves and smaller interior tread and shoulder blocks help water escape from between the tire and the road to maintain wet traction and hydroplaning resistance. The tire's structure includes twin, high-tensile steel belts reinforced with spirally wound Aramid to distribute the vehicle’s load across the tire’s footprint providing high-speed durability and uniform ride qualities. Polyester body plies enhance high temperature and high-speed durability while exterior sidewall rim flange protectors help guard wheels against curb damage.



Source: TireRack.com.
 
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