BFGoodrich is an American tire company. Originally part of the industrial conglomerate Goodrich Corporation, it was acquired in 1990 (along with Uniroyal, then The Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company) by the French tire maker Michelin. Prior to the sale, BFGoodrich was the first American tire manufacturer to make radial tires. It made tires for the then new Winton car from Winton Motor Carriage Company.BFGoodrich tires have been fitted to several noteworthy historical vehicles:
In 1903 the first car to cross the United States was fitted with BFGoodrich tires.
In 1927 Charles Lindbergh's airplane, the "Spirit of St. Louis," which made the first successful non-stop flight across the Atlantic, was fitted with BFGoodrich tires.
In 1977 the space shuttle Columbia was fitted with BFGoodrich tires during construction.
Founded by Dr. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich in 1870, the B.F. Goodrich Company, later known as BFGoodrich, was among the first rubber tire manufacturers to be located west of the Appalachian mountain range. In the previous year, Goodrich had purchased the Hudson River Rubber Company. Based in Akron, Ohio, the BFGoodrich Company began as a manufacturer of rubberized hoses, which were sold mostly as firehoses. The company also produced rubberized belts, similar to those used on modern vehicles as se
In 1896, it was this company that manufactured the tires for the first sold car in the United States, the "Winton", which made the brand a leader in the American tire industry. From that moment, the long history of BFGoodrich began.
Charles Linberg makes a non-stop flight across the Atlantic for the first time in the world. The wheels of the airplane "The Spirit of St. Louis", piloted by him, were shod with BFGoodrich tires.
Almost 20 years later, namely in 1954, a synthetic rubber tire was manufactured under the BFGoodrich brand.
In 1965 BG Goodrich introduces the world's first radial tire. Today, almost every motorist knows what a radial tire is: its design includes a low-layer carcass made of rubberized parallel textile threads and a steel cord breaker. The tires are lighter, which is a positive
1976 BF Goodrich launches the world's first RADIAL ALL-TERRAIN HIGH PERFORMANCE tire.BFGoodrich is also known for its developments in the field of aerospace technologies and polymers, as well as for the production of aircraft tires.
In 1977, BFGoodrich Tires were installed on NASA space shuttles, as exemplified by the Columbia space shuttle. Having taken the lead in space technology, the firm "attacks" competitors on earth. Since the 1980s, BFGoodrich Tires has participated in virtually every motorsport competition in the United States.
Since 1986, BFGoodrich has been a division of Uniroyal, and after the acquisition of Uniroyal by Michelin in 1990, a division of Michelin. Several years of research and hard work have resulted in a natural success.
In 1994, a vehicle fitted with BFGoodrich tires broke the world record.
1999 - 2001
In 1999 Jean-Louis Schlesser wins the famous Paris-Granada-Dakar rally in a buggy equipped with BFGoodrich Tires. Schlesser then wins the Champion's Title in the Paris-Dakar-Cairo Rally-Raid Cup in 2000 and 2001.BFGoodrich tire models made a splash in 2000, taking the first lines in comparative tests of tires.