Through the steam of our coffee, we watched the sun crest the grandstands at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. BFGoodrich had arranged a track day to show off its new g-Force Sport Comp-2 summer tire and we anticipated a great day.
After a quick briefing, we were turned loose on a wet autocross in Mk6 VW GTIs fitted with different tire brands. We first jumped into a GTI strapped with Comp-2 rubber; pulled up to the starting line and punched the gas. After a bit of slip, we entered a tight chicane where the Comp-2 held its line and reacted well to steering input. The long sweeper allowed us to hold a tighter line than anticipated in the wet, giving us great feedback at the limit.
With the caffeine in full effect we grabbed the keys to another GTI equipped with Kumo Ecsta SPT KU31 tires. Instructed to flog them like Comp-2, we were shocked when our confidence diminished. Entering the chicane at the same speed, these tires needed more effort on the steering wheel. Our tight line in the long sweeper ended up sliding wide as the FWD hatch understeered on the limit. Our group spokesman informed us BFG had gained 30% in wet grip compared to the pervious g-Force Sport, without sacrificing tread wear.
Impressed in the wet, we had to suffer a Chevy Camaro on the road course. We were interested to see if the Comp-2 could handle the heavier RWD car just as well. Fortunately, it excelled on turn-in and there was plenty of grip with the stiffer sidewall construction.
For comparison, we sampled Cooper Zeon RS3-S tires under the same conditions. They felt good but lacked the crispness on turn-in and corner exits. The experience revealed how well the Comp-2’s multi-layer core reinforced the contact patch.
Then we were off to the dry autocross, where a set of Subaru STIs awaited fitted with the Comp-2s, of course, and Yokohama S.drive tires. Where we reached the limit of the Yokohamas, and were able to slide them around a bit more, the Comp-2 highlighted the AWD grip available both in the chicanes and long sweepers. This enabled us to drive more precisely on the BFG rubber.
During the course of the day, these new Comp-2 tires gave us lots of confidence we entering corners, exhibiting crisp steering input combined with shorter braking zones. The few times we entered a corner too hot, the surplus grip saved us from having to explain awkward cone collisions.
Overall, the BFG Sport Comp-2 tire had higher limits than the competition we tested, making them an alternative to consider when upgrading your tires. And while the sun was setting, we requested a few photo opportunities with the Mk6 GTI on the road course. To our amusement, several people from other magazines snuck into the passenger seat to enjoy a few hot laps in the GTI for a lasting memory of the event.