Goodyear offers soy in four lines of high-performance tires

The Eagle Enforcer All Weather, The Eagle Exhilarate, The Assurance WeatherReady™, and The Assurance ComfortDrive

Goodyear discovered that soybean oil could improve tire flexibility at low temperatures, helping the rubber to remain pliable in cold weather and enhancing traction in rain and snow simultaneously. Additionally, Goodyear discovered that soybean oil mixes more easily with rubber compounds and reduces energy consumption, which improves tire manufacturing efficiency.

The breakthrough with soybean oil as a replacement for petroleum oil resulted in Goodyear receiving the prestigious Tire Technology International Award for Innovation and Excellence in the category of ‘Environmental Achievement of the Year’ at the 2018 Tire Technology Expo on February 22, 2018 in Hannover, Germany.


The Eagle Enforcer All Weather

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s cooperation with the United Soybean Board (USB) yielded a first for the tire industry. The new Eagle Enforcer All Weather police tire provides year-round, responsive performance for police vehicles that handle demanding operating conditions. A soy-based rubber compound with silica helps deliver commanding traction in all weather conditions, while enhancing tread life.

Click here to download the Eagle Enforcer All Weather spec sheet

Optimized for traction and handling, the Goodyear Eagle Enforcer All Weather also features:

  • A multi-zoned tread compound that helps increase grip for superior handling and enhanced cornering stability;
  • An asymmetric tread design with sweeping tread grooves that offer powerful traction and control, as well as enhanced steering response, and;
  • Aggressive shoulder blocks and wide lateral grooves to provide confident maneuverability in every weather condition.

The Goodyear Eagle Enforcer All Weather will be available in the most popular pursuit vehicle sizes in the market: 265/60R17, 225/60R18 and 245/55R18, 235/50R17, 255/60R18.

The Eagle Exhilarate

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company introduced the Eagle Exhilarate, a game-changing, ultra-high-performance product that delivers on consumer demands, particularly wet performance.

The all-new Eagle Exhilarate will offer outstanding traction and handling for faster acceleration, precise steering and the ultimate in control, outpacing its segment in wet handling, wet braking and wet cornering grip.

“With its leading-edge technology and superior performance in wet conditions, the Exhilarate showcases the overall credentials of the entire Eagle line of Goodyear products,” said Mike Dwyer, Goodyear’s chief customer officer, North America consumer.

A new built-in wear gauge tool and a high performing tread compound are just two of the features of Goodyear’s newest ultra-high-performance all-season product.

The Eagle Exhilarate is the result of more than three years of research and testing and will be offered in 36 W or Y speed rated sizes. Targeting a passionate, well informed consumer, the Exhilarate features a bold appearance style that matches the vehicles that this consumer demographic drives.

The Exhilarate wear gauge tool is strategically placed in eight locations around the tire, enabling consumers to easily measure both tread depth and vehicle alignment.

Additional features of the Eagle Exhilarate include:

  • ActiveGrip Technology for exceptional traction for performance handling;
  • ActiveBraking Technology promoting shorter braking distances on wet and dry surfaces;
  • ActiveStrength Technology for confident handling with a strong lightweight construction; and,
  • A new, all-season tread compound featuring an optimized combination of high-performance polymers, fortified with traction resins for superior handling and traction in wet, dry and snow conditions.

The Eagle Exhilarate is the replacement for the Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season and will be available starting in April 2019. Potential popular vehicle fitments include the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, BMW 3-Series, Porsche Cayman, Dodge Challenger, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, BMW 5-Series, Mazda 6, Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes E-Class, Lexus LC.

The Assurance WeatherReady™

“In a typical tire, the amount of petroleum oil is around 8 percent. In the Assurance WeatherReady™, we were able to replace about 60 percent of that oil with soybean oil, which included 100 percent of the oil in the tread compound,” said Goodyear Chief Engineer, Polymer Science and Technology Robert A. Woloszynek.

In this new video, fleet leaders and individual drivers can see a new award-winning choice for tires that deliver both performance and sustainability. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s cooperation with the United Soybean Board (USB) yielded a first for the tire industry. Following extensive experiments, lab testing, road testing and more, Goodyear has introduced soy-based technology in its Assurance WeatherReady™ tires, a broad line tire that covers 72 percent of cars, SUVs, crossovers, pickups and minivans

Below is an up-to-date list of soy-containing Assurance WeatherReady™ tires:

The Assurance ComfortDrive

America’s vehicles now have a fourth line of tires to offer performance and sustainability with U.S. soy.  The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company introduced the Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive on February 4, 2020.

The all-season tire offers comfort, performance and sustainability with ComfortFlex Technology, designed for smoother transitions and impact absorption. The Evolving Traction Grooves and TredLock Technology, combined with soybean oil compound, help maintain traction while providing lasting control and responsiveness.

Beginning September 2020, Goodyear will offer the Assurance ComfortDrive in 44 sizes, ranging from 16- to 20-inch rim diameters. The tire is well suited for passenger cars, minivans, CUVs and SUVs. Popular vehicles the tire will fit include Audi Q5, Buick Encore, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, Honda Accord, CR-V and Pilot, Kia Sorento, Lexus IS and RX, Nissan Maxima, Subaru Forester and Toyota Rav4 and Sienna.