According to the experts, they’re the best-designed tires of the past year.
Every year since 1950, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, in collaboration with the European Center for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies awards a number of deserving tires the U.S. Good Design Award.
This year the award was given to six tires from five different manufacturers. These six tires are the Cooper Zeon RS3-G1, the Kumho Road Venture MT51, Nexen’s N’Fera RU1, Cooper’s Starfire SF710, the Federal 595RS-RR, and the Goodyear Eagle-360.
A bit about the U.S. Good Design Award
Covering new consumer products that are designed and manufactured in North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, the Good Design Award is given to “the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphics designs produced around the world.”
Famed designers Ray and Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., created the awards 67 years ago and since then industrial design and graphic designs firms, working for Fortune 500 companies, have been submitting entries hoping to win awards for design and innovation, creativity, branding, human factors, ecologically responsible design, technology, materials, medical equipment, sustainability, and universal design.
Cooper Zeon RS3-G1
Manufactured by the Cooper Tire and Rubber Company of Findlay, Ohio, the Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 was given the Good Design award for design excellence.
Energy efficiency, utility, function, concept, construction, materials, and sensitivity to the environment were all selection criteria for the tire’s winning the award. The tire is designed as an all-season tire for high-performance cars and drivers. The tire has a sidewall that is sleek and race-inspired, with a tread compound and design that delivers a host of innovative features to create stability, durability and grip.
Kumho Road Venture MT51
Kumho Tire had independent testers run their Road Venture MT51 tire in Australia’s outback and found it to be even better than they had hoped. The MT51 was found to be capable of handling the harshest conditions (surface temperatures up to 122 degrees F) on or off road. It has a tread depth of 18/32 of an inch and a max load rating averaging about 2,000 pounds, depending on size. The tire is available in sizes ranging from 31X10.50R15 through LT265/70R17. The Kumho Road Venture MT51 is designed and manufactured by Kumho Tire Co., Inc. of Yongin-si, South Korea.
Nexen N’Fera RU1
Designed by the Nexen Tire Corporation of Yangsan-Si, South Korea, the N’Fera RU1 is one of the few tires approved for OEM use on the Porsche Cayenne. The N’Fera RU1’s optimized 4G compound gives it excellent wet surface traction. Excellent all-weather handling and steering stability is delivered by the improved block stiffness and balanced construction. These features, combined with the flexible sidewall, give the tire long mileage and ride comfort. The Nexen N’Fera RU1 is available in rim sizes from 16 through 20 inches. Treadwear, traction, and temperature ratings are 320, AA, and A, respectively.
Cooper Starfire SF710
The Cooper Starfire SF710 was designed by Cooper Tire’s Asia Technical Center in Kunshan, China. The Starfire SF710, with its aggressive and deep tread pattern, is just as at home off the road as it is on it. The tread design on this light truck/SUV tire is narrow enough to give it a quiet and smooth ride on the highway.
Federal Tire has a mission to deliver groundbreaking innovation and performance to motorsports racing, and their 595RS-RR represents their latest success. Refined designs are displayed by the tire’s newly developed compounds and flame-pattern sipes.
Goodyear Eagle-360 2016
It’s the concept tire that’s had everyone talking. Goodyear’s Eagle-360 has a unique shape that could contribute maneuverability and safety, matching the demands of autonomous mobility.
Key to delivering ultimate maneuverability is the tire’s spherical shape that allows it to move in all directions and contributes to passenger safety. The tire is able to move as needed, due to its active technology, which reduces sliding from road hazards such as sudden obstacles and black ice. A smooth ride is also given by the spherical shape which allows it a fluid, lateral movement.
You can read more about the tire here.