Goodyear and Citroen tie-up for Eagle GO

KUALA LUMPUR: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has developed the Eagle GO concept tyre which uses a range of suitainable materials in its tyre tread compound, leading to longer servicebility.

The eco-friendly tyre will be fitted to oli, Citroen's new concept car.

The Eagle GO is the third Goodyear concept tyre developed with Citroën and has been created to optimise efficiency, durability and comfort.

The American tyre maker has pursued sustainable, low-maintenance innovations and inventions for more than 120 years and partnering with Citroën continues a long-standing relationship between both brands.


Among the materials used in Eagle GO are:

> Sunflower oils and pine tree resins - are renewable solutions to replace petroleum-derived oils. These materials are currently being used to make ‘Vegetable Ink’ for printers. Goodyear’s goal is to fully replace petroleum-derived oils in its products by 2040.

> Natural rubber from the Hevea brasiliensis tree - is used to replace synthetic petroleum-based rubber, using responsible farming and cultivation methods.

> Rice husk ash silica from rice processing - can reduce waste going to landfills and has previously been used in reinforced concrete.

The Eagle GO concept tyre has the potential to be renewed twice across its lifetime, which increases the lifespan of the tyre.

The tyre's set objective was to achieve up to 500,000km through the reuse of the sustainable carcass and renewable tread.

The concept tyre also uses Goodyear SightLine technology, which includes a sensor that monitors a variety of tyre health parameters to determine whether or when the tyre’s tread can be renewed, thus increasing circularity and efficiency.

This technology is already being applied to help Goodyear fleet customers and could significantly reduce waste and increase efficiency by maintaining ideal pressure and tyre condition.

Adding this technology to the Eagle GO concept tyre is in line with Goodyear’s goal to reinvent tyres and service, delivering data-and-sensor-enabled intelligence in all new products by 2027.

Copyright Maison Vignaux @ Continental Productions
Copyright Maison Vignaux @ Continental Productions

Goodyear Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Regional Technology Director Laurent Colantonio said tyre architecture has come a long way by incorporating sustainable materials and smart technologies.

“With Citroën, we have a relationship that provides a great testbed for developing and testing new technologies and techniques.

“Concept tyres are a fantastic way for Goodyear to research and develop ground-breaking technologies that can make its way into our products.

“The learnings from this project will go towards our future as a mobility enabler that consistently innovates its products and services,” he said.

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