First let us say, that we have NEVER been to a tire test like the one that BFGoodrich put on at AutoClub California Speedway in Fontana this past week where they let us put their new G-Force Sport Comp-2 through its paces on the Dry Autocross, Wet Autocross, 0-60-0 track, and the Road Course. We got to drive killer cars like the new Camaro SS, Dodge Challenger SRT 392, Subaru WRX STI, and Challenger SRT-8. We also drove Volkswagen GTI’s, but they weren’t as much fun. We’ve got some of our own video as well as a cool one from BFG at the bottom of the page, so don’t miss them.
To see our gallery of photos from the BFGoodrich Sport Comp-2 unveiling, click here.
To check out all the details and sizes of BFG’s new G-Force Sport Comp-2, see the specs at the bottom of the page, or visit BFGoodrichtires.com.
With drivers like Kyle Tucker, Carl Nadeau, and Terry Earwood, just to name a few, the talent pool was pretty deep at this event. There were four events, and four teams, so our team included KJ Jones from 5.0 Mustang, Matt Farah from The Smoking Tire, Joe Gearin from Grassroots Motorsports, Rob Einaudi from Car Domain and Antonio Alvendia from Motor Mavens. After introductions and dinner at the Mission Inn in Riverside on Tuesday night, we hit the track bright and early on Wednesday morning. After a brief introduction to the tire, it’s new technology, and specs in comparison to its leading competitors, as well as BFG’s venerable KDW tire, we were off to the races so to speak. The new BFG G-Force Sport Comp-2 is the latest Ultra High Performance tire from BFG. It is their top of the line tire, even above the KDW. After talking to Kyle Tucker, Brian Finch, Bill Howell, and Jason Childress, it is apparent that this tire is going to take over the Pro Touring world. They aren’t available in the super huge sizes yet but, for the masses, they have you covered.
Each test track featured multiple cars running multiple top rate competitors tires for each application. We drove the BFG equipped car first, and then got into the identical car with the competitors tires immediately afterwards. On the dry autocross we started off in the WRX with the BFGs and then jumped into the one with Kumhos on it. The difference was amazing. For a more representative run for our readers, we then got into the Dodge Challenger SRT 392 with BFGs.
This car is a big heavy pig, and we’ve driven them on stock tires. They feel like a big heavy pig. With the BFGs, this car was good. With a few more laps, and some suspension tweaks, that car could be somebody. With the Yokohamas on it, the car was on the edge all the time. The most apparent difference was in the way that the tires responded to input. The transition from one direction to another was astoundingly different with the BFG Comp-2. If I didn’t see it for myself, I would have thought the competitors tires were under inflated. I checked, they weren’t.
On the Wet Autocross we drove the Vdubs and honestly didn’t even realize the ground was wet. And we aren’t talking a little bit of water, we’re talking water truck running around the course every 10 minutes wet. The BFG Comp-2 didn’t care at all. We compared the BFGs to both Kumho and Yokohama, and the Kumho finished second. The Yokohama wasn’t even in the same league. No bueno.
Panic stopping with them from 60 behind the wheel of Challenger SRT8s was fun, and surprising. The Comp-2 stopped 8 feet shorter with us behind the wheel, and did it over and over again. Our group saw 7-14 feet of improvement over the competitor.
Our final test was out on the road-course that is inside California Speedway, and it was fun. We started off in the BFG shod Camaro SS, although we were disappointed that they were automatics. Our first lap was a recon lap to see what the track layout was, and halfway through we were pretty well all in. Our second and third laps were much faster, and we had Terry Earwood riding shotgun giving us pointers on the line and when to get into the throttle.
After our second lap, Terry looked at us and said “now when we get done with the third lap I’m going to tell you somethin’ and you need to listen.” I nodded okay and laid into it for lap number three. The great thing about these new BFG Comp-2s is that they are so good at giving you feedback. You can drive just over the edge of adhesion and then get right back to the sweet spot on the edge. Plus, they turn in so nice it defies description. After another killer lap, and an easy trip into the pits, Terry looked over at me and said “Okay, now you can’t drive this car that hard in the first sweeper, and for sure not in the final chicane, with the Coopers. If you do it’s going to be real bad going off into the grass and the wall over here.” He wasn’t kidding.
I listened to Terry, which was a really good thing considering how much easier it was to get into trouble with the Coopers. My breath off the throttle all the way back in full throttle through the chicane and trail brake into the right hander method was “uncomfortable” at 12mph less speed with the Coopers. Trust me, I know this sounds like a stroke job for BFG, but their tires flat kicked everyone else’s ass. It was awesome.
So how in the hell did BFGoodrich build a tire that is this good? Years of work for sure, and jillions of dollars, but also some absolutely cool technology. A new Silica infused “Comp-2″ tread compound has more grip than ever but with a higher tread wear rating. We have always thought lower tread wear means better grip, but that isn’t necessarily the case anymore. Every test we ran was against a tire that had a lower tread wear rating, and none of them stuck as well as the BFGs. The tread of the G-Force Sport is stable, proven, and good looking as well, but the big thing is BFGoodrich’s Performance Racing Core (PRC). Basically, it’s the chassis of this thing. new belt designs that roll over the side of the shoulder make the tire more stable by keeping the contact patch more consistent, and a tear drop shaped g-Control sidewall insert makes the sidewall much firmer laterally, while still letting it compress nice so you don’t feel every single gap in the road.
Oh, and you should be really proud too. Team BangShift won the Wet Autocross relay event. Our team of 10 went up against the other three teams in a total time shootout that had each of us making a lap, jumping out of the car, running to out teammate and tagging him in. They would then run to the car, jump in and make another lap. And…repeat. We beat the next closest team by a total of 8 seconds, and they had killer competitors like FM3 Marketing’s Jimmy Day, and Pro Touring legend Brian Finch. We kicked their asses though, thanks to our team leader Terry Earwood. He is one competitive dude, and he really knew how to win it. Thanks Terry.