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New All-Season Tire from BFGoodrich: g-Force Comp-2 A/S
When it comes to tires, everybody wants the newest, stickiest high-performance radial they can buy in order to get the best handling possible. Unfortunately, most people don’t live in warm southern states like California or Florida where it never snows and rarely rains—they have to deal with rain, snow, and other imperfect road conditions that make UHP (Ultra High Performance) tires a less than ideal choice for year-round daily driver duty. That’s why every tire manufacturer makes all-season tires, which are a compromise between ultimate dry weather performance and the reality of safety concerns in inclement conditions. If you’ve ever driven a car with sticky tires in heavy rain, light snow, or when it’s cold out, you know how dramatically they can lose grip. That’s why BFG predicts that 70% of the replacement tire market is in all-seasons, as opposed to 7.4% for Z-rate UHP tires.
BFGoodrich just came out with their newest all-season tire, the g-Force Comp-2 A/S, and invited us to Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona (formerly Firebird Raceway) to test the tire out against its competitors. The new Comp-2 A/S is the all-season version of the popular Sport Comp-2 “street tire” that rounds out BFG’s UHP lineup, offering an optimal balance of wet, dry, and light snow performance. BFG’s marketing director Tom Sullivan said, “We’ve invested several years of learning, research, and testing into this new tire. Our goal for the Comp-2™ A/S has been to establish it as the leader in the category. That means bringing the capabilities of the Sport Comp-2™ street tire in the summer season, and its performance racing core and introducing new compound grip technology to produce a high performing tire in all seasons. The new ETEC System™ (Equal TEnsion Containment System), Dynamic Suspension System (DSS) and g-Control™ Sidewall Inserts deliver crisp responsive control while cornering hard and at speed, in all seasons. The ETEC System optimizes the contact patch for enhanced traction at speed for increased acceleration, while g-Control™ Sidewall Inserts add sidewall stiffness to resist deflection for immediate turning response, while maintaining ride comfort. These features coupled with UltiGrip Technology and the g-Force™ Tread provide enhanced wet and dry traction, optimize rubber-to-road contact and the ultimate grip in hard cornering, with a bold performance look that works for the driver who demands control, no matter what the conditions.” They also made sure to hammer home what they called the “ABCs of UHP” that the tire offers, meaning it Accelerates faster, Brakes shorter, and has Control in all seasons, compared to its competitors.
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During our day at the track, we tested the Comp-2 A/S against those competitors in the market, the General G-Max AS-03, Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2, and Yokohama AVID Envigor, We compared the tires in wet and dry braking tests, wet and dry autocross courses, and on a road drive to compare the noise levels, in 2015 V6 Mustangs, Scion FRSs, and Audi A5s. As expected in a manufacturer-developed test regimen, the BFG performed better in all areas. They also gave us some hot laps (as a passenger, unfortunately) in two of Detroit Speed’s Camaros, a Shelby GT Mustang, and the Suzuki Hyabusa-engined Radical race cars. That was a good time. But the day was all about the BFG tires, so if you’re in need of a good all-around tire that won’t break the bank (they should sell for roughly $160 each), check out the BFGoodrich Comp-2 A/S.