Indeed, BFGoodrich® Tires' latest DAKAR tyre incorporates technologies that come from a wide variety of fields, from the worlds of aviation, agriculture, civil engineering and mining, to trucks, light vans, conventional rallying and circuit racing. Working this way allowed BFGoodrich® Tires to take advantage of the extensive expertise of engineers operating in a wide cross-section of areas. BFGoodrich® Tires' teams also worked closely with the brand’s partner teams and drivers throughout the development process. From the initial design phase and simulation work to testing in real-world conditions, all BFGoodrich® Tires' partners played active roles and the result is a product that perfectly meets their needs.
Testing is a key moment in any tyre’s development cycle. In the case of the BFGoodrich® Tires All Terrain T/A KDR2+ tire, the process began several months ago and involved travelling to seek Dakar-style conditions in locations like Morocco, the USA, South America, China, Russia and Hungary. This work called for considerable investment to be sure that the data collected during each phase was coherent and transposable. While simulators and artificial terrain can be used to investigate specific aspects of a tyres’s specification, nothing can replace actually running on the sort of terrain that drivers can expect on a typical Dakar.
Of course, the biggest litmus test for the BFGoodrich® Tires All Terrain T/A KDR2+ tyre will be the event itself. BFGoodrich® Tires' engineers will consequently attend the rally to harvest indispensable data and feedback from the drivers. After the finish, the tyres will be analyzed, then dissected to inspect their casing. It is this rigorous process that has helped BFGoodrich® Tires forge the unique off-roading expertise it boasts today and lay the foundations for the future.