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g-Force T/A Drag Radial(Drag Racing Radials)
Sidewall Style: Blackwall
The g-Force T/A Drag Radial is BFGoodrich’s Drag Racing Radial DOT tire developed for drag racers looking for race-winning performance at the dragstrip from a tire that is streetable. Designed to combine the enhanced traction, superior handling and extended durability not normally associated with bias-ply drag racing tires, g-Force T/A Drag Radials are drive-to-the-track-and-back, street-legal tires designed to deliver drag racing looks and the T/A traction advantage.
The g-Force T/A Drag Radial meets DOT requirements, however it is not recommended for driving in wet conditions where standing water is present and there is the risk of hydroplaning; drivers should drive cautiously at reduced speeds if they encounter these conditions. And like other Drag Racing Radial tires, the g-Force T/A Drag Radial is not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice. It’s also essential these tires be stored indoors at temperatures maintained above 32 degrees F.
The g-Force T/A Drag Radial molds a high-grip tread rubber compound into a directional flame-inspired tread design that features massive competition-developed tread blocks for quick response and optimized straight-line grip. While high-angle grooves channel water to help preserve wet traction on the street, the massive tread blocks, wide tread widths and shallow tread depths increase the possibility of hydroplaning if driven fast in wet conditions. The tire’s internal structure features two full-width steel belts reinforced with BFGoodrich’s Equal TEnsion Containment (ETEC) system to stiffen the tread longitudinally and laterally. This helps prevent the contact area from distorting under acceleration while ensuring the consistency of the footprint from the starting line to its high-speed stability at the traps. The g-Force T/A Drag Radial also features a special radial casing construction to enhance performance during the launch, provide high-speed control and reduce internal stresses for longer treadlife (compared to bias-ply drag racing tires).
The g-Force T/A Drag Radial’s popularity has resulted in some questions about the tire's high-speed capabilities because, unlike other Ultra High Performance street radials, its speed capability is not indicated on the sidewall by a speed symbol in its size or service description. While the g-Force T/A Drag Radial has many of the internal construction features usually found in high-speed radial tires, the feature that prevents it from being speed rated in the “normal” way is its unique high-hysteresis tread compound. This compound has extreme energy-absorption characteristics that help the g-Force T/A Drag Radial readily conform to the track surface to help launch the car and take it to victory...an eighth- or quarter-mile at a time. This same tread compound, when subjected to continuous operation at high speeds, could possibly overheat and blister like super-sticky "qualifying tires" that have been used in professional oval track or road racing competition. Thus, even if the g-Force T/A Drag Radial is available in a vehicle's ideal size for activities other than drag racing, it should not be used in competition where the car and tire will be exposed to extreme cornering loads or sustained high speeds.
It is also important to remember that the g-Force T/A Drag Radial operates most efficiently on the strip at cold inflation pressures of between 15psi and 20psi (in no case should below 12psi be used). And after the racing is done for the day, it is essential that the g-Force T/A Drag Radial be reinflated to normal highway operating pressures before carrying the driver and trophy back home. Running any tire at relatively low inflation pressure for a given load reduces the tire's speed capability by causing it to stretch more and operate at a high deflection (more radial bulge). The g-Force T/A Drag Radial is built to withstand brief "bursts" of high speed while inflated at low pressure (such as would be experienced on a quick car in the quarter-mile), but no tire can be expected to survive for a long time at high speed while operating at high deflection.
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