A renowned tire manufacturer returns to the racing tracks
Goodyear will re-enter international sportscar racing by developing a new range of tires for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The tires will debut at the start of the 2019/2020 WEC season at Silverstone in August, and the peak will be its return to the Le Mans season finale, a race which Goodyear-equipped cars have won on 14 occasions.
Goodyear has been developing a new range of tires for Le Mans prototypes for over a year at its innovation centres in Hanau, Germany and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg. The tires will be developed and manufactured alongside Goodyear’s latest range of Eagle F1 SuperSport tires for performance and track-day cars, ensuring that the technology and knowledge transfer between the road and race ranges is optimized to benefit the performance of both.
The new racing tires will be premiered in August at Silverstone at the race opening the 2019/2020 season of the FIA WEC. The FIA WEC takes place on four continents, each race lasting four to 24 hours, including the legendary Le Mans 24 hours where cars with Goodyear tires have so far won on 14 occasions. These kinds of races, where decisive success factors are strategy and tires, are a great opportunity for Goodyear to demonstrate tire technologies on a wide range of various prototype and GT cars.
This comeback to global sportscar racing represents a new chapter in Goodyear’s proud history in motorsport, marked by numerous successes. In addition to the Le Mans 24 hours wins, Goodyear tires were used to win 368 Formula One Grand Prix – a record that stands unbeaten.