LE MANS, France—Goodyear is leveraging the one-off appearance of a NASCAR-based entry at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race to test its SightLine tire-data monitoring technology under competitive conditions.
Goodyear, the designated race tire supplier to two of three classes running at Le Mans this year, also is supporting a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 entered by Hendrick Motorsports built to NASCAR NextGen specifications that is running at Le Mans under the race organizer's "Garage 56" regulations for emerging technologies.
The race is scheduled to run June 10-11 at the 8.5-mile Le Mans circuit in central France.
Goodyear has cured a passive, non-battery-powered sensor into the tires built for the ZL1 Camaro. The sensor is powered by Goodyear SightLine, the firm's intelligent technology that will provide real-time tire data to Hendrick Motorsports as the race unfolds.
Engineers and drivers will be able to leverage the tire intelligence data to understand tire pressure and temperature, Goodyear said, to optimize the vehicle's performance by adjusting the car and driver settings in real-time.
"Because tires are a vehicle's only connection to the road, they have the potential to provide tremendous real-time insight that improves the performance of drivers under the most grueling of conditions," Goodyear Chairman, President and CEO Rich Kramer said.