- Exceptional dry traction
- Above-average cornering grip
- Brilliant wet handling and performance
- Performs decently in light snow
- Ride comfort could be better
Extreme performance summer tires prefer one thing over another. Since they are aimed at drivers of high-performance, high-powered vehicles, they’re designed to ensure excellent traction and grip in dry, warm, and wet road conditions.
On the flip side of things, such tires give a taut ride. You cannot expect them to be as comfortable as their all-season or ground touring counterparts. Neither are they particularly quiet. These tires consistently produce a low noise throughout the journey.
The Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar 3 fits this description perfectly. Here’s a tire aimed at enthusiast drivers who are always looking for ways to get the most out of their vehicles. Guess what? Its impressive traction & grip in all weather conditions allow it to offer just that.
However, with the yin comes the yang. While this tire pulls out all the stops to grip dry tarmac, it compromises on comfort, noise, and price. The last point deserves your attention if you’re looking for a budget-friendly tire, which, as I know now, this tire clearly is not.
What are the features of Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar 3?
The Eagle F1 SC3 is an extreme performance tire, so starting with its tread compound makes sense. This tire boasts an AAtrax tread compound famous for its AA-rated wet traction grade. For those of you who don’t know, this is the highest traction grade any tire could get.
This should help you believe what I’m going to say about this tire’s traction. Even when I used it in rainy conditions, the tire stopped admirably at every corner, speed-breaker and before every pothole. Not once did I feel that it was slipping on the road, with any skidding noise virtually non-existent.
But the AAtrax compound isn’t the only reason why this tire grips the road so admirably. Its Combination Grip Technology also has a role to play. Available only with SuperCar 3R tires, this technology offers an above-par grip during cornering, an area where some extreme performance tires struggle.
Its asymmetric tread pattern also deserves your attention. Goodyear has mixed two designs on the inner and outer tire edges to provide dual benefits. On the outside edge, the tread pattern features large tread blocks which increase the tire’s contact area with the road, improving dry handling.
On the inside, the tread pattern has been deliberately kept on the smaller side to offer a better grip. Close inspection of the inner edge also reveals an increased number of grooves. They are there to disperse water and minimize the risk of hydroplaning, keeping it from slipping in wet conditions.
Those of you who like to customize their vehicles might appreciate that this tire has a built-in rim protector – it ensures zero damage to customized wheels at high speeds.
How does it behave on dry tarmac?
The Eagle F1 SuperCar 3 performs exceptionally on dry tarmac.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying this tire’s dry traction is the best on the market. There are extreme performance tires out there that offer better grip, especially in high-speed driving. But when compared with most tires in this category, the Eagle F1 SC3 comes out as the winner.
This tire spends as little time as possible squealing and hunting for grip. High-speed stability is something you could take for granted if you’re riding this tire. I have used it at or near the speed limit multiple times, and there wasn’t a single occasion when I felt ‘meh’ about its traction.
Braking performance is also excellent, even if you pepper the hot tarmac with dirt, sand, and dust particles. This tire begs you to drive it hard and won’t break a sweat when you oblige. It feels that no matter how much horsepower and torque you put on it, it can handle even more.
How does it behave over wet and slippery roads?
This tire’s stability in heavy rain exceeded my expectations. So did the ease with which it resisted hydroplaning. Want to know why? The Eagle SuperCar 3 is an extreme-performance tire. And extreme performance tires aren’t designed to handle wet conditions as superbly as this tire did
Credit for this goes to its shoulder block design and wider circumferential grooves. The shoulder block design ensures braking remains super strong in all sorts of rainy conditions, with the grooves offering an easy way out to stuck water from beneath the tire’s footprint.
Another thing that the Eagle F1 SuperCar 3 does is perform very well in excellent conditions, something that is common with almost every high-performance tire. All in all, if you want your tire to be the best in wet traction, you’d have to search very hard to find better options.
How is it over snow?
How does the Eagle F1 SuperCar 3 perform over snow?
It depends on how much snow we’re talking about. If there’s thin ice or light snow we’re talking about, the Eagle F1 SuperCar 3 is more than capable. As long as you drive it way below the speed limit and don’t try to replicate its performance from sunny, summer days.
Throw into the mix heavy snowfalls, low temperatures, and black ice, and this tire’s performance nosedives. That shouldn’t be surprising given that it’s an extreme-performance ‘summer’ tire. So you’ll be a lot safer with a set of proper winter tires in such extreme cold conditions.
All in all, if you live in an area that receives zero snow, you’ll be fine with this tire.
Is it comfortable and refined?
Here’s where this tire disappointed me.
The thing with Eagle F1 SuperCar 3 is that it offers a taut ride, which, though not the stiffest, doesn’t do a particularly good job of isolating minor impacts when compared with other tires in this category. If your vehicle lacks a good suspension system, be prepared to feel bumps in the cabin.
Another thing that annoyed me was the tire forcing steering correction on multiple occasions after rolling over bumps on the road. Sure, I didn’t have to yank the steering wheel back to the centerline every time the tire rolled over a pothole. But it happened so many times that I had to mention it.
As for noise, I only heard that medium-volume consistent tone that is standard with extreme performance tires. Unless you’re the type of person who pays attention to every slight sound, you can easily ignore it. If not, you can drown out the noise by setting your vehicle’s radio at a low volume setting.
Is it good for off-roading?
No, the Eagle F1 SuperCar 3 isn’t designed for off-roading.
This tire lacks the biting edges that enable all-terrain tires to offer traction on sand, mud, rock, and gravel. The absence of sipes – small slits in the tire’s tread block that increase its grip in off-road conditions – also rule it out as a reliable option for off-road conditions.
Is it good for sporty conditions?
Here’s where the Eagle F1 Super Car 3 shines.
Goodyear has made this tire stiffer – and wider – than its standard passenger tires. What this has done is enhance the tire’s cornering power. Goodyear has also equipped this tire with a rim protector, ensuring your vehicle’s wheels don’t end up becoming a casualty of high-speed driving.
If you compare both tires, you’ll notice that this one’s belts are at a lower angle than passenger tires. Goodyear took this decision knowing the benefit: better responsiveness at high speeds. It has also optimized the AAtrax tread compound to offer better traction in dry and wet conditions.
Similar is the case with the sidewall. A close inspection reveals that it has a short, low-profile, something that is needed if a tire is to offer enhanced cornering. The high steering response – which costs this tire a few points by lowering its comfort – recoups those points by aiding in sporty driving.
Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car 3 Warranty
The Goodyear Eagle F1’s wear-warranty covers it for the first 2/32’’ wear. Goodyear also backs it with a 6-year workmanship and materials warranty. You also get a 30-day test drive warranty, which is pretty standard with this category of tires.
The warranty periods are pretty standard, so I have nothing to complain or get excited about.
Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car 3: Is it worth the money?
The Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar 3 doesn’t come cheap, yet it is worth the money. Its price starts from around $222, with 17-inch being the smallest size. When you compare its price with other premium high-performance tires, you see no difference.
Should I buy the Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car 3?
The Eagle F1 Super Car 3 deserves your attention, especially if you own a high-power, high-performance vehicle. The excellent traction it offers in dry and wet conditions, together with the enhanced cornering at high speeds, would allow it to sit well with most owners.
The only problem with this tire is that it doesn’t offer a refined driving experience at high speeds. If you think you have no issue with this, I see no reason why you may want to ignore this tire.
What Vehicles Will the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar 3 Fit?
Here’s a sample of models that the Eagle F1 SuperCar 3 will fit:
- BMW 540i
- Cadillac CTS
- Chevrolet Corvette, Camaro
- Chrysler 300C
- Dodge Challenger R/T, Caliber SRT4, Charger R/T, Magnum SRT8
- Ferrari 360 Modena Spyder
- Ford Taurus SHO, Mustang GT, Shelby GT500
- Infiniti G35
- Lexus GS400
- Mercedes-Benz CLK430
- Nissan 300ZX
- Pontiac Trans Am
Tire Sizes for Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar 3?
- P265/40ZR17 91Y VSB
- P245/40R18 88Y RF GM
- P275/35R18 87 COR RF
- P295/35ZR18 91Y VSB
- P285/40ZR18 96W VSB
- P235/45ZR18 88Y VSB
- P255/45ZR18 99W VSB
- P285/35R19 90Y RF GM
- P285/35R19 90W VSB
- P255/40R19 96W VSB
- P315/40ZR19 103Y VSB
- 225/45ZR19 92W VSB
- P325/30R19 94 COR RF
- 245/45ZR20 99Y VSB
- 255/45ZR20 101Y VSB
- 255/35R22 99W XL VSB
- 285/35R22 102W VSB
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