Choosing the right tires for a race track is not easy.
With so many variables at play, it's difficult to know how a specific tire will perform under different track conditions.
In this review, we'll explore the performance of one of the most popular tires in this segment, the BFGoodrich g-Force R1, so you'll have a good starting point when making your decision.
TL;DR: BFGoodrich g-Force R1
Before we start talking about these fabulous tires in depth, we've outlined the major takeaways here for our antsy readers:
Track-day drivers who require a tire with a good dry performance at a reasonable price
BFGoodrich g-Force R1 Performance Ratings
Normally when tires have less than one million reported miles, their ratings are very unreliable. In other words, rating results should be taken as a simple reference. That said, the tires we will explore in this article, the BFGoodrich g-Force R1s, are track-only, so their 70,000 reported miles have a higher weight than their everyday street-legal counterparts.
In summary, while you should keep in mind that the ratings we are about to analyze are not definitive, you can consider them to be a good indication of what you can expect from these tires.
In this review, we will talk about the performance of these tires in different conditions; however, in case you want to jump directly to a specific category, you can do it by clicking on one of the following links.
- Dry Performance
- Wet Performance
- Comfort Performance
- Treadwear Performance
- Specs & Options
BFGoodrich g-Force R1 Dry Performance
Dry Performance Ratings
Given the type of tire that this is, this is undoubtedly one of its most important ratings. In that sense, we must say that its overall performance score of 8.8 is "good", but not outstanding.
Other tires in this segment, such as the Toyo Proxes RA1 or the Toyo Proxes R888R, achieved a score of 9.3, which leaves the g-Force R1 in a somewhat uncomfortable position compared to them.
If you're looking for reasonably priced race-grade tires capable of withstanding a punishing treatment on the track, then this could be the option for you. However, if you are looking for the best racetrack tires, then you should look elsewhere, perhaps the R888R mentioned earlier.
BFGoodrich g-Force R1 Wet Performance
Wet Performance Ratings
Many may argue that racetrack tires are not intended for wet conditions. However, when comparing the overall score of these tires (2.9) to the score of the Toyo Proxes RA1 (7.1), that argument is completely invalidated.
There is no doubt that the wet performance of this tire is terrible. If you need tires that can handle some wet laps, then this is definitely not the best option.
BFGoodrich g-Force R1 Comfort Performance
Comfort Performance Ratings
Some might think that comfort is not a relevant aspect for this type of tire designed for a race track. However, that is not completely true. In short runs, such as the quarter-mile, ride quality and noise levels may not be relevant. But when the pilot has to drive for an hour or more, they can make a difference. That said, the tires’ comfort level is acceptable compared to their peers in this segment.
These tires have proven to be a viable alternative for both short runs, as well as longer race challenges.
BFGoodrich g-Force R1 Treadwear Performance
Treadwear Performance Ratings
There is no doubt that a key factor to consider when choosing tires for track use is their durability. Fortunately, in this category, these tires rank second with a score of 7.0 vs. 8.6 for the Toyo Proxes RA1.
If you need tires that will give you decent life on the track, then the BFGoodrich g-Force R1 is an acceptable choice.
BFGoodrich g-Force R1 Warranty
Not surprisingly, BFGoodrich does not provide a Treadlife warranty for this tire.
Complaints regarding these tires’ uniformity must be subscribed in the first year of use or the first 2/32" of wear.
Workmanship / Materials Warranty
BFGoodrich provides an amazing 6-year warranty against defects in workmanship or materials. Moreover, it also offers free tire replacement for the first year or first 2/32" of wear.
Road Hazard Warranty
Understandably, these tires do not come with this type of warranty.
Tire Rack Road Hazard Warranty
Because this is a racetrack tire, Tire Rack does not provide a Road Hazard Warranty for it.
Despite being a tire designed for a race track’s harsh conditions, the tire is backed by BFGoodrich for both workmanship/materials and deformity defects.
BFGoodrich g-Force R1 Specs & Options
Since these are special tires for a very particular use case, they are only available in two sizes, P205/50ZR15 and P225/50ZR15. These sizes are intended to be used together, the thinner ones on the front and the wider ones on the rear wheels, which usually have traction.
Finally, the UTQG rating of 40 B A is to be expected given the special racing design of these tires. If you are interested in learning more about the UTQG, we invite you to read this article exclusively dedicated to it.
BFGoodrich g-Force R1 Reviews
Although they do not have many verified reviews (only 70+), certain patterns can be noted in the comments from pilots who have used these tires.
On one hand, several users agree that the tires are ideal for road course racing since they maintain excellent adherence to the track at high speeds once they reach their optimum operating temperature.
Additionally, many users praise the predictable cornering behavior, which is a crucial aspect during any race. It is also quite clear that these tires’ performance is outstanding as long as the track is not wet since they work best at high temperatures.
The level of satisfaction expressed by drivers who have used these tires leaves no doubt that they are a good option to keep in mind for your racetrack weekends, especially considering their excellent price-value ratio.
BFGoodrich g-Force R1
End of the Road
Although they are not at the top of any category, BFGoodrich g-Force R1 tires offer an excellent balance between dry performance and price. In our opinion, these may be the ideal tires for racing enthusiasts and even professionals who need an economical tire with an acceptable level of performance.