Trailblazing Our Way to Performance
Ever since our first tyre rolled off the workbench, we've been pushing the limits of just how far tyre performance can go.
In 1870, Benjamin Franklin Goodrich, a visionary and self-taught entrepreneur, created the very first tyre factory in North America in Akron, Ohio. Tyre performance was already a priority. His son, Charles Cross Goodrich, later launched the company's first research centre in the United States.
As early as 1903, BFGoodrich® stood out from the competition by being the tyre of choice for the Model A Ford, the first car to cross North America from east to west.
And of course we were also interested in the early aeronautics industry. 1909 was the year that BFGoodrich® set the speed record of 75 km/h, on a plane from the Curtiss Aeroplane Corporation at the international aeronautics race held in Reims, France. Legendary status was only a few years away when in 1927, BFGoodrich® travelled on Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of Saint Louis during the first ever trans-Atlantic flight. And in 1977, our tyres even blasted into space on the Columbia space shuttle.
Perpetually thinking up new ideas and possibilities, we at BFGoodrich® are constantly setting ourselves new challenges and racking up numerous firsts and significant milestones in tyre design along the way.