AKRON (May 4) — Goodyear and a research organization affiliated with Virginia Tech are exploring the option of building a tire performance lab in Danville, Va.
The lab would facilitate high-speed testing for studying tire performance, tire/suspension dynamics and tire-pavement interaction.
"Vehicle performance depends upon the forces generated at the tire-pavement interface and conducting these high-speed tests in a precise, laboratory environment is a quantifiable leap in the science of tire and vehicle performance," said William Hopkins, Goodyear vice president of technology and strategic initiatives.
The project would require collaboration between Goodyear, the research group Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, and city, county, state and federal government agencies. The IALR is an educational and research facility founded by Virginia to assist in economic revitalization.
Goodyear has a tire plant in Danville that opened in 1966.
The lab would be available to third-party, non-tire researchers, Goodyear said.