Testing the BF Goodrich g-Force Rival tireEnlarge Photo
Not only did it provide a higher level of grip, but the Rival was much more progressive when it did break loose. Though we only had two laps on each tire, the Falken felt to us like it was starting to give up some grip, though we’d need more consecutive laps to be sure.
The final event was a long-course autocross in the BMW E46 M3, and this event really solidified the Rival’s advantages over its closest competitor, the Hankook Ventus R-S3. The Rival not only had better lateral grip, but it had better longitudinal grip (under braking), making it an easier tire to drive fast.
When the Rivals lost traction, it was a gradual process. The Hankooks stuck well until they suddenly didn’t, and the autocross turned into a game of catch with the rear end. The Rival’s better longitudinal grip allowed us to get on the throttle sooner, and although our lap times weren’t recorded, we’re sure the difference between the tires was substantial.
Will the BF Goodrich g-Force Rivals make you a better driver? Probably not, but they’ll make you feel like a better driver and likely lower your lap times in the process. The tires will be available in 15 sizes (covering a variety of front and rear-drive applications) at launch, and initial distribution will be handled by The Tire Rack.
If we were autocrossing on a regular basis, or running in a series that required a street tire with a UTQG above 140, the new g-Force Rivals would be our shoe of choice. We know our limitations, and we’re all for anything that helps hide them.
Disclaimer: BF Goodrich flew us out to New Orleans and put us up in a fancy hotel prior to turning us loose on the track. We’d have said the exact same things, even if we’d paid for the trip from our own pockets.