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Old 01-23-2013, 10:31 AM   #1
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8:00am Monday morning we left the great white, cold and snowy landscape of northern Indiana and headed down to sunny and warm New Orleans to check out the new BF Goodrich G-Force Rival.

We arrived with little, ok, no fanfare but, at least we were not in sub-freezing temperatures. After checking into the hotel we went for a walk down Canal street to grab a good "Louisiana" lunch. I was thinkin' crawfish ettoufe', a shrimp Po Boy and some red beans and rice



We followed that up with some live music at The Famous Door on Bourbon Street and a nice group dinner at Arnaud's.

Woke up early the next day and headed out to NOLA Motorsports Park.







When we got there we were greeted by some new friends (MX-5 Cup cars, E46 M3's, FR500s Mustang race cars and a few Sti's)









and Goldberg being ... well, Goldberg



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Old 01-23-2013, 11:06 AM   #2
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next on the agenda we got to meet the star attraction and reason for the trip

The new Extreme Performance tire from BF Goodrich the G-Force Rival





after some techy tire geek stuff we headed out to our "new friends"

first up the MX5 Cup cars on a skid pad to see how this new guy compares to previously known BFG offerings





G-Force Comp 2's, G-Force Rival and G-Force R1-S

the results on the g-meter were pretty much what we expect but, the performance gap from the Comp2 to the Rival was significantly larger than the gap of the Rival to the R1-S

next exercise, Subaru STi's on a short AutoX course

Toyo R1R vs. Hankook Ventus R-S3 vs. G-Force Rival











the BFG was clearly better in transition and under braking proving faster more consistent lap times
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:06 AM   #3
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check out this tire wear

Hankook Ventus after 48 runs



Toyo R1R after 48 runs



G-Force Rival after 72 runs

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Old 01-23-2013, 01:27 PM   #4
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after lunch (shrimp Po-Boy again and some white chocolate bread pudding) we headed to the third exercise. A high speed road course with the FR500S Mustang race cars. The G-Force Rival vs. the Falken RK615.







Both tires exhibited exceptional grip especially in steady state cornering but, the sidewall rigidity and progressive break-away characteristics of the Rival made it easier to drive at the limit with confidence.

the fourth and final excerize was a faster and longer AutoX with BMW E46 M3's. The Rival vs. ther Hankook Ventus R-S3





the crisp steering response of the rival made it easier to drive and faster than the R-S3.

We then wrapped everything up and flew back home to single digit temps and lake effect snow
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:28 PM   #5
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Here's the official press release that came out today


BFGOODRICH® INTRODUCES G-FORCE™ RIVAL™

New Extreme Performance Tire Offers Versatility



GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 23, 2012) – BFGoodrich® today unveiled a new extreme performance tire called the g-Force™ Rival™. The tire will help BFGoodrich target a growing market of drivers seeking extreme performance tires which are versatile enough to be used in auto-cross and track-day events then driven home. The tires have a 200 UTQG Rating (Uniform Tire Quality Grade) which allows them to be used in racing where drivers must compete on 140+ UTQG tires.

“The g-Force Rival helps BFGoodrich fill a growing need in the extreme performance market,” said Andrew Koury, BFGoodrich brand manager. “From autocross to road course events, on street or the track, we want drivers to own it.”


The Rival complements a successful BFGoodrich launch of the g-Force™ Sport Comp-2™ ultra-high performance street tire which was introduced in February 2012. Unlike the mostly street driven g-Force Sport COMP-2, the g-Force Rival was designed for track level abuse while providing drivability on the street. The g-Force Rival is predictable, allowing drivers to turn faster lap times1, and turn heads on the street. Highlight features include:

•Razor-sharp reflexes - The Performance Racing Core™ (PRC) with a reinforced internal structure reduces sidewall flex for instant steering response.

•Designed to stick - Asymmetric tread with large, solid tread blocks on the outside shoulder to optimize cornering grip.

•Raise the limit - Extreme Tread Edge™ (ETE) design brings tread compound farther down the shoulder for increased grip in hard cornering and predictable feedback.

•Consistent grip lap after lap — Silica-infused competition compound delivers better grip from start to finish.1

•Street legal with a UTQG treadwear rating of 200 so you can drive to the track and back.

The Rival will initially launch with 15 sizes with rim dimensions from 15-20 inches and 205-335 section width. The product will be available through TireRack.com with pre-orders beginning on February 1.



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Old 01-23-2013, 01:35 PM   #6
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Awesome! I was down there actually (staying in the Sheraton from the first picture) and was at the track on Monday evening for some Karting. I walked around and saw you guys doing some runs in the M3 and STIs. I had been meaning to look up what it was all about.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:29 PM   #7
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Luke, when will the final list of available sizes be up on the website?

How long until you'll have a chance to test them out in the wet?
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:41 PM   #8
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Luke, when will the final list of available sizes be up on the website?
205/50R15
225/45R15
225/50R16
215/45R17
225/45R17
245/40R17
255/40R17
245/40R18
275/35R18
295/35R18
315/30R18
335/30R18
265/35R20
285/35R20
315/35R20


we should be doing a full test including wet testing early in the spring
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No 255/35/18
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yeah i find the limited sizes disappointing
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What band was playing on Bourbon street?
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:39 AM   #12
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yeah i find the limited sizes disappointing
more will be coming but, they had to start somewhere and had to get a decent assortment out ASAP to be competition legal this season
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What band was playing on Bourbon street?
did not catch the name of the band ... pretty good three piece group covering a wide range of styles
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How does the price and performance compare to the Star Spec?
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How does the price and performance compare to the Star Spec?
+1! Interested.
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the Star Spec is discontinued and replaced by the Direzza ZII
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How are these supposed to compare to the ZII in the wet? I'm thinking this may be my new ChumpCar tire.
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How are these supposed to compare to the ZII in the wet? I'm thinking this may be my new ChumpCar tire.

yeah....what is the wet performance like???
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Since nobody reads.
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oooowwww maaaan.....there musta been sum puddles down there in newawleens to run through.....
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track was 100% dry ...
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Since nobody reads.
Despite the thread being started by Luke, others with experience do read this and may have input. And doing some tests later in the spring is nice , but rather late for those making decisions on which tires to buy for springtime competition.
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I think this is the most interesting part for people looking at street tires:

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progressive break-away characteristics of the Rival made it easier to drive at the limit with confidence.
I know the earlier ZII preview made note of how much better they were in this aspect compared with the Z1. It'll be interesting to see the head to head in spring.
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track was 100% dry ...

well sh00000t.......hell.....i'da paid for a water truck to come wet things down for ya, luke

any educated guesses on wet performance ????
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Read on another review that it was developed unapologetically for the dry...
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