GREENVILLE, S.C. (Oct. 1, 2003) — Michelin North America Inc. has launched the BFGoodrich Traction T/A tire for touring and sports car drivers.
The new tire—which will replace seven other BFG tire lines—originally was introduced in 2000 as the spec tire for the American Speed Association (ASA) racing series. The current launch releases the street-ready version to the mass market.
Michelin bills the tire as incorporating advanced design and performance elements that allow it to reach segments previously covered by seven different BFGoodrich tire lines.
In October, the following lines will be phased out: Comp T/A VR4; Comp T/A HR4; Touring T/A VR4; Touring T/A HR4; Touring T/A TR4; and Touring T/A SR4. The Control T/A M80 line will expire in 2004.
The new Traction T/A is offered in T-, H- and V-speed ratings in 15-, 16- and 17-inch sizes. Michelin claims the tire produces consistently better dry, wet and snow ratings than its predecessors in testing at the tire maker's Laurens, S.C., Proving Grounds.
To cater to drivers of sport coupes and sedans, the tire is designed to let drivers experience the vehicle's performance while not compromising traction control, Michelin said. The tire line is designed to offer year-round performance with minimal road noise, the tire maker claimed.
The tires will be original equipment on the 2005 Ford Mustang, Chrysler Pacifica and Honda CR-V. The H- and V-rated versions carry a 60,000-mile warranty, while the T-rated Traction T/A carries a 70,000-mile warranty.