The BFGoodrich® KDR2+: “An enormous step forward in mud”
After showcasing its ability on sand in the course of the 2018 Dakar’s opening week, the BFGoodrich® KDR2+ rose supremely to the challenge of the muddy terrain it faced on the marathon stage that took competitors from La Paz to Uyuni, and then on to Tupiza.
“The way it performed on Saturday and Sunday supports what we saw in testing,” confirmed Matt Hanlon, the engineer tasked with the new tire’s development. “Its modified tread pattern has no trouble clearing mud and keeps the car on the move. Thanks to its chunkier blocks and wider grooves, the mud doesn’t get packed in the tread. When this happens, it can form a film that makes the tire’s surface totally smooth.”
“The BFGoodrich® KDR2+ is an enormous step forward in mud,” enthused Hall Speed-owner and Toyota Gazoo Racing team manager Glen Hall.
“We’ve got grip now,” added Jakub Przygonski’s co-driver Tom Colsoul (Mini 4WD). “It’s an incredible tire. Where others failed, the KDR2+ is 200 percent safer. The only problem is that everybody has it, so it’s not really an advantage over the other teams other than equalizing the 4WD performance with the 2WD performance.”
This performance is a positive pointer ahead of Leg 10’s stage on the run from Salta to Belen when competitors face further river crossings. Given the recent rain that has fallen over the region, it could well turn out to be another muddy day.