NEWS: Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

October 27, 2010
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Florida isn't the first place that comes to mind when you think of testing winter tires. It's more like the place we think of to escape such thoughts. So when Goodyear invited us to check out their new Ultra Grip Ice WRT winter tire in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, we were a little shocked.
Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT
The McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base is a 68,000-square-foot building where indoor temperatures can be adjusted from -65°F to 165°F. Since its construction in 1947, the lab has primarily been used to test the durability of military aircrafts in the most extreme weather conditions. In the laboratory, controllers can create rain, wind, sand storms, freezing rain, and luckily for us, snow.
The winter tire segment has been growing since 2002 as consumers are becoming more educated about the safety benefits that they provide. While consumers are obviously concerned with traction in icy conditions when choosing a winter tire, they also want longevity. Goodyear looks to address this with the Ultra Grip Ice WRT (winter reactive technology). The Ultra Grip Ice is specifically made for trucks and comes in two distinct directional tread patterns for SUVS or light trucks. The secret to the winter reactive technology is the 3D Tredlock Technology blades. These waffle-looking molds hidden within the shoulder area of the tire flex back and forth creating exposed edges. These edges result is better cornering grip in the snow and ice. Although we weren't allowed to actually drive the test trucks on the snow or ice in the lab, the Ultra Grip Ice WRT seemed to provide good grip as we road shotgun around the indoor test course. But the most noticeable advantage was acceleration and stopping distance on ice.
Dodge Ram 1500 Front Three Quarters
For extreme situations, the Ultra Grip Ice tires are also available with optional metal studs to further improve winter traction. We did get to drive the SUV tire on a wet tarmac outside the laboratory, but the hot Florida weather made the soft rubber compound even softer.
Kia Sorrento Front Three Quarters
This is the first tire that Goodyear is using 3D Tredlock Technology on, but look for this feature to work its way to a number of other tire models in the future. The Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice tires will be available in 16 sizes ranging from 225/70R16 to 275/70R18 and for many makes and models vehicles (see list of common applications below). Pricing has not been released but figure between $130-$240 per tire depending on application, on par with the Goodyear's winter tire competitors.
Popular vehicle applications:
  • Acura MDX
  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Dodge Durango
  • Dodge Ram 1500/2500
  • Ford Edge
  • Ford Escape
  • Ford Explorer
  • Ford F-150/F-250
  • Honda Pilot
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Jeep Liberty
  • Kia Sedona
  • Kia Sorento
  • Lexus RX350
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Nissan Titan
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Toyota Highlander
Kia Sorrento Front Three Quarters Passenger

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