BF Goodrich's g-Force: Sports Compact Car Choice


Tire-Side Chat

BFGoodrich's g-Force Super Sport tire is engineered for those who want a high-performance daily-driver compact or sports coupe such as a Honda Civic.  David Gordon, BFG's communication manager, set up an exclusive College Car Guide interview with Dominique Josson, BFG's Product Category Manager for sporty, performance and touring tires.  Dominique's ride:  a 2004 VW GTI.  He knows what import tuner's want.

Josson went to engineering school in Paris and then furthered his education at Michelin's in-house, tire-building design school.  He's also worked with racing teams and did developmental work on run-flat tires.

He says BFG offers several tire lines; the g-Force Super Sport focuses on improving compact car road-going prowess.

The g-Force tire family is geared toward "sportiness" and precision handling.  Siblings include the all-season Super Sport and Z-rated Sport summer tire.  The latter shares its DNA with the all-season Super Sport.

According to Josson, the Super Sport has two steel belts and a nylon cap.  Nylon is the key to high-speed performance; it ensures a consistent footprint.  But nylon is prone to thumping or flat spots.  Therefore, BFG carefully controls the amount of nylon and its placement (thin strips).  This ensures a smooth ride.

He says the gForce's tread is specially designed to minimize feathering.  It was wear-tested for 10,000 miles, which he claims assures buyers that these tires will wear well.

When asked why BFG chose a directional tread, Dominique says it helps sportier tires evacuate water, which reduces hydroplaning.  Moreover, its straight-line stability is good.

 
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