Tires Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2: reviews of owners, characteristics. Winter rubber "Goodyer Ultra Gripe Ice 2"
For every car owner on the eve of the winterIt's important to buy rubber for your car. Today, the tire industry offers a huge range, there are many manufacturers, even more rubber models. What is most important in winter tires? Everyone will answer this question: ideal roadability on roads with any cover, safety, comfort. Car enthusiasts who take seriously all the prescribed requirements, sometimes do not look at the price of rubber, it is important for them to have a really high-quality "shoes" for the car.
Goodyear tires are known all over the world,Under this brand, the first tubeless tires and rubber for cars for all seasons were patented. Today we will get acquainted with the history of the company, production technology and with winter tires, which are released in production relatively recently, and are a novelty for many car enthusiasts, such as Goodyear Ultra Gripe Ice 2 and Ultra Gripe Ice Arctic 2. Consider their differences, as well as feedback from car owners.
From the history of the brand
The history of "Goodyear" began in 1839, whenthe inventor from America, Charles Goodyear was able to vulcanize rubber for the first time, giving it greater strength and elasticity. Unfortunately, his works were not properly evaluated, and the inventor died, as is due to all great scientists - in poverty and with a huge debt of 200 thousand dollars. It happened in 1860, and until 1898, no one remembered Charles until Frank A. Seiburling decided to give his name to his newly-formed company.
So there was a brand Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Frank acquired for his production premises, in which previously processed straw. Money for this purchase, he borrowed from a relative and realized that he would not lose, because from 1890 began the widespread use of bicycles, besides, began to appear horseless carriages - cars. So, the brand began its existence from August 29, 1898, and its capital was only 100 thousand dollars.
Initially, production was focused onBicycle tires, fire hoses and rubber poker chips. In 1901, the brothers Cyberling got acquainted with the beginning automaker - Henry Ford - and began to manufacture tires. In 1903, they introduced the first tubeless tire, in 1908 - the first for all weather conditions, and from that year began to supply tires for the first Ford cars. In 1910, the brothers opened a factory in Canada, and the tires of their production flew into the world. In 1912, rubber started in the markets of Europe, at the same time the Goodyear representative office was established in London.
In 2005 the manufacturer was representedThe first tire, which retained the ability to work after a puncture, that is, appeared Run Flat tires. Today, summer and winter tires "Goodyear" is one of the most popular, and the brand in the list of "Forbes" (rating of firms with the highest reputation) is listed at the fortieth place. They produce brand tires in Slovenia, USA, France, Germany and Poland. Today the company owns such brands as Dunlop, Kelly, Fulda, Debica and Sava.
Both summer and winter tires "Goodyear" producedby a special technology - Fuel Saving. The structure is lightweight, a special aqua-channel and a unique layer of Cool Cushion Layer can reduce the rolling resistance performance by fifteen percent, while maintaining controllability and braking. These properties allow you to save fuel by almost two percent, respectively, emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by the same amount is less.
Winter tire range GoodYear Ultragripis represented by studded and non-studded tires. The size range is wide, and, according to buyers, the prices for tires are quite acceptable, but we'll talk about them later. Now I want to start a description of "Goodyear Ultra Gripe Ice 2".
Description of the tire
This is a winter tire that does not have thorns, called inpeople "Velcro". "Goodyear Ultra Gripe Ice 2" is produced only for cars and has dimensions from 14 diameters to 18th. This rubber is the result of painstaking three-year work, as well as a desire to reduce the gap from European manufacturers - competitors in this type of tire industry. The first tests showed that "Goodyear Ultra Gripe Ice 2" became more successful than anticipated. On the tests, the tire showed the highest results and blocked all the models that occupied the first steps in the rating of comfort, safety and controllability on all types of roads.
Reviews of owners about Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2it is said that the rubber ideally passes through snow, snow porridge without aquaplaning and is not lost on the ice cover. In the cabin there is a silence, as if you're going on a summer, and a clutch with a coating, like a studded one.
The secret lies in a mixture of rubber
Many people in our country are mistrustfulto winter non-studded rubber, believing that it will be suitable only for the southern regions with softer and snowless winters. This is a general misconception. If there are no thorns, this does not mean that it is impossible to pass through ice or snow. "Goodyear Ultra Gripe Ice 2" is made from a "cryoadaptive" rubber compound, as it was nicknamed by the manufacturer's marketers. In simple terms, the protector remains elastic even in the most severe frosts, which in North America are considered as such, if the thermometer's column shows below -25 degrees. This effect was achieved thanks to special additives. At the same time, the main characteristics of winter tires are not lost, including resistance to abrasion and high-temperature impact.
The company has for many years engaged inmanufacture of winter tires with V-shaped pattern. "Ultra Grue Ice 2" is no exception, but it was yet another step forward to perfection. It is thanks to its protector, the rubber was able to outperform its predecessor in many respects, including in grip on snow and ice.
Innovations mostly affectedthe central part of the figure. Having lost longitudinal ribs, she received numerous swept blocks that stretch from one "shoulder" of the tire to the other. When moving, these blocks form numerous, extended clutch edges that are located at a large angle with respect to the direction of the rotating wheel. It is worth noting the structural stiffness of the tread elements, which improve the coupling properties, the course stability, reduce the noise level in the cabin and reduce the rolling resistance.
Original Shoulder Zones
Another innovation that allowed to overtake theratings predecessor, touched the design of shoulder areas. With them, the extra individual blocks were removed, which allowed the zones to increase significantly. Combined with the pattern of the center of the tread, the shoulder zones provide a more even distribution of external pressure on the contact patch, and this, in turn, has affected the improvement of many characteristics. The main characteristic is improved control, which remains stable regardless of weather conditions and road coverage.
The changes also affected the drainage system. It still consists of transverse and longitudinal grooves, but the size of some of them and the number of times increased, which made it possible to improve many of the functional qualities. Cross grooves, located in the shoulder zones, can now capture a larger volume of snow, which improves grip. In addition, due to changes in the drainage system, the tires began to give higher results in resistance to slashplenning and aquaplaning.
GoodYear UltraGrip Ice 2: reviews of the owners
Many motorists have already evaluated the quality of the rubber described, they found many advantages, but there were no shortcomings.
Reviews of the owners of GoodYear UltraGrip Ice 2they say that the rubber is ideal for operation in the Russian winter. Tires do not "dube" even in severe frosts. They retain their properties and elasticity, ideally behave from a cold start, that is, they do not slip and lose control until the rubber is heated. The universality of tires is noted by car owners. They write that they are able to pass through the snow cover in the frost, that is, dry snow, and through the "porridge" into thaw, and over the icy conditions. The course stability is ideal, the grip exceeds all expectations.
Also in the owners' reviews of GoodYear UltraGripIce 2 noted that the tires showed themselves perfectly in the spring, when the snow began to melt actively. The effect of aquaplaning is absent, even if the puddles are rather deep. Rubber does not wear out at high plus temperatures, which happens with models of other brands.
Of course, many will think that the described rubbertoo expensive, and very surprised to learn the real cost. So, GoodYear UltraGrip Ice 2 185/60 R15 - one of the most running sizes. The cost for one tire will be about 3 500 rubles. Agree, for winter tires of this size, and even "Velcro", it is quite acceptable. If we consider the 14th diameter, then the size 175/65 will cost 2,900 rubles. The R16 GoodYear UltraGrip Ice 2 has the entire size range, as in the 14th, 15th diameters. The sixteenth diameter is now considered one of the most sought-after, since many car manufacturers are accenting precisely on such wheels. Low-profile will not be considered, we will present the most "running": GoodYear UltraGrip Ice 2 (215/65 R16) - 4 900 rubles. Incidentally, this is the most popular size of the 16th diameter, and the price is the lowest of the whole series. GoodYear UltraGrip Ice 2 (205/60 R16) will cost about 5,000 rubles.
If you are still a supporter of winter studded tires, then we suggest that we consider another of the brand's new models.
GoodYear UltraGrip Ice Arctic 2
The creation of this tire took five years, and theywere not wasted. "Ultra Gripe Ice Arctic 2" is a winter studded tire, and it was created for operation in the most severe and unpredictable winter conditions inherent in Canada, Scandinavia and Russia. A distinctive feature is the advanced technology "Multicontrol Ice", which has inherent directional spikes of the original design. They allow you to safely and comfortably overcome roads with any coating, covered with snow or icy. The technology of milling allowed to achieve high strength, in which the spikes not only stay in place, but also do not scroll. That's why with such tires it's easy to start and brake on the ice.
Another feature of this tire -interlocking blocks. Thanks to them, the grip on the road is ideal, the course stability is not lost, the car comfortably enters the turns even on the heavily icy road. At the same time, the spikes are set so that they are hardly audible, and this is the high level of comfort inherent in all studded tires of the Goodyear brand.
The tread pattern is different from traditionalv-shaped form, which is inherent only to the described brand. Wide transverse channels and sharp angled slats allow maximum cleaning of the contact patch from water and snow, eliminating the effect of aquaplaning. When touched with a snowy surface, the corner blocks arranged in a staggered manner act as breakwaters. They evenly distribute the snow on the contact spot, and the surplus is thrown out through the shoulder zone.
The manufacturers took into account the climatic featuresCanada, Russia and Scandinavia, where fierce frost is replaced by thaws, and increased the depth of the tread. Due to this, the probability of aquaplaning when passing a road with a "porridge" of snow and puddles has significantly decreased. Silica-containing substances were incorporated into the rubber composition, which allowed the rubber to remain elastic even in the harshest frosts.
Car owners appreciated the excellent coupling qualitiesrubber, which managed to get thanks to the technology of 3D-BIS, that is an increase in the number of lamellas. The drivers write that the tires are perfectly rowed, both in the snow and on the ice. Side stability and easy maneuvering are noted even in the worst weather conditions.
They also say that thanks to Goodyear Ultra Gripe Ice Arctic 2, the stopping distance is shortened. Tires are ideal for highway and highway use.
We considered the cost of one tire "Ultra Gripe Ice 2", now we offer to know the prices for the same size range of tires "Ultra Gripe Ice Arctic 2":
- 175/65 R14 - 2,900 rubles;
- 158/60 R15 - 3 500 rubles;
- 215/65 R16 - 5 400 rubles;
- 205/65 R16 - 5 300 (92T) and 5 100 (96T).
As you can see, the prices for studded and not studded are notvary greatly, which is a rarity for tires from other manufacturers. "Goodyear" cares not only about the safety and comfort of its consumers, but also about their financial well-being.