Michelin North America Inc.’s BFGoodrich brand unveiled its first utility terrain vehicle (UTV)-specific tire June 4-7 during the 47th Annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 in Baja California, Mexico.
The new Baja T/A KR2 UTV was produced for Jackson Motorsports Group (JMG), a motorsports and events company and race tire distributor.
“We’re thrilled to partner with BFGoodrich Tires to launch their first UTV-specific tire,” says Todd Steen, executive director of Sales for JMG.
”We knew it was a huge request – asking them to engineer a durable, UTV-specific tire that is lightweight, offers a long oval footprint for better feedback in the corners, and a tread face that conforms to the infinite terrain possibilities drivers encounter in off-road environments,” says Steen.
“In doing so, we upped the ante by asking them to develop a 30-inch tire, one the market aspires to use once they’re serious about competition and winning races. Our testing prior to this weekend’s Baja 500 made it clear that BFGoodrich succeeded in bringing all that we asked for and more!”
Engineered with the company’s CoreGard technology, the BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 UTV (30×9.5×15) is designed specifically for the performance demands of today’s UTVs, offering superior performance and increased mobility in soft soils, enhanced traction in mud and improved braking in loose and rocky soil.
The KR2 is becoming sought after in several classes from Trophy Trucks to Class 1 and Class 10, according to Chris Baker, BFGoodrich racing director.
“Our BFGoodrich race tire engineers have been able to design the tire so it meets various specifications while maintaining the toughness and performance needed in the desert. With the KR2 now available in the growing UTV race class, we continue charging forward with our goal of providing the best desert race tires to the broadest collection of racers. The KR2 is on its way to becoming the go-to race tire in the desert,” says Baker.
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