April 11, 2002
MINI Cooper S will be available with Goodyear run-flat tires
Toronto, Ontario – MINI North America recently chose 17-inch Goodyear Eagle RS-A EMT all-season run-flat tires for the supercharged 163-horsepower 2002 MINI Cooper S. Manufactured in Fulda, Germany, the 205/45R17 tire is V speed-rated for sustained speeds up to 240 kph.
“With tire safety on motorists’ minds, everyone will benefit from broader consumer acceptance of this emerging tire technology,” said Howard Steele, Goodyear’s director of original-equipment tire sales in North America.
The MINI’s run-flat tires are engineered to fit on standard wheels and to run without inflation pressure for up to 240 kilometres at speeds up to 80 kph, he said. A tire-pressure monitoring system is standard equipment. The tire’s strength comes from a sophisticated reinforced insert in the sidewall. When inflation pressure is lost, the insert provides support to the tire and avoids any noticeable loss of handling, comfort and safety, he said.
Earlier, BMW certified Goodyear Eagle NCT 5 EMT run-flat tires 195/55R16 as a summer tire option on Mini cars. A third Goodyear branded run-flat tire is in development in Lawton, Oklahoma.