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.