It’s been more than a century of involvement in motorsports – and Firestone refuses to rest on their success.
Instead, they are constantly in development – and unveiling a new rain tire at the Detroit Grand Prix this weekend.
The newly-engineered Firehawk rain tire boasts a unique asymmetrical pattern designed to make braking better on wet tracks.
Chief Engineer at Bridgestone Americas Motorsports, Cara Adams said they expect the tire to “achieve ultimate water evacuation,” and provide a better cornering experience.
It’s been three years since Firestone released a new rain tire. It took over a year of design and testing to develop, after feedback from drivers, teams and the IndyCar series.
The tire compound remains unchanged, and Firestone expects to see the same technology transfer to passenger vehicle tires soon.
The water evacuation abilities is what Adams said is a “key consideration” in engineering their passenger tires as well.
The weight and size of the new rain tire remains close to the tire used in previous years. The tire has not yet been tested by IndyCar series drivers, so the streets of Belle Isle will be the first showcase of its abilities.
Forecasts show a potential for rain during this afternoon’s practice, and Sunday’s dual is supposed to be a wet one as well.