GOODYEAR AQUATRED- Wet Weather tyres that combated Aquaplaning

Post updated  8/3/2014

Original Goodyear aquatred lost grip as the tyre wore down

In 1991 Goodyear tyres took the tyre world by storm, by introducing the “Goodyear Aquatred Tire”, this tyre was to combat the problem of aquaplaning. This  was designed to disperse the layer of water that builds up between the tread and the wet road surface making motoring in the wet much safer than it had previously been. The first tyres were good when they were new but as the tread wore down, then the centre groove “that was a major part of the  design”, lost its depth, thus not allowing the water to get away as quickly. This meant that the tyre became less responsive as it wore down in wet weather.

To combat this Goodyear Aquatred tyres were modified by design       

GOODYEAR AQUATRED

goodyear aquatred

Goodyear tyres  recognised that they had a problem with the new tyre and brought out the “Goodyear Aquatred 2 “ tyre. This tyre was re-designed and was brought out with a harder compound, this solved the problem of the tyres wearing quickly. The new tread compound was enhanced by the inclusion of a wider and deeper band down the centre of the tread pattern, the new tyre also had a modified shoulder. The new tyre was aimed at the family saloons and were available from 13 to 15 ins tyre sizes. The Goodyear aquatred had many advantages over the normal summer tyres. It was far superior in braking and accelerating whilst driving in wet conditions at fast speeds. The tyre was very suitable for very wet countries such as us in Britain and became very popular.

The tyre was a great success in Northern Europe a other wet areas and in my opinion the world became a safer place because of the extra safety features that this tyre brought to us. The tyre was also very quite to ride on although it had a very heavy tread pattern compared to other standard tyres. Millions of people liked the new security that the tyre offered, and although not a cheap tyre it sold very well, giving families piece of mind, especially in wet weather, the kind of weather that we are experiencing at the moment, very heavy rain with flooding. They were also good in snow and ice conditions, and were originally going to be launched to coincide with the Winter Olympics .

Goodyear aquatred brought out No 3 in 2000

The concept of a directional tyre that dispersed water at a fast rate continued with the advance of the Goodyear aquatred 3 tyres. This tyre was not much different to its predecessor. It had more refined noise levels and better grip, but by then other tyre companies were bringing out tyres of similar design and the Goodyear aquatred family just drifted away and Goodyear Car Tyres took another path in its tyre development program.

For more excellent information about these Goodyear aquatred tyres please click the links bellow.

 http://happysandy.wordpress.com/2009/08/19/goodyear-the-aquatred-launch/

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.