Top Secret Tire Spotted in Baja
We normally aren’t into spy shots since it’s just not our cup of whisky but when our good friend Tony Rojo told us he had some highly classified photos from Baja, we knew we had to take a look. Surprisingly, we didn’t find any close ups of the mythical and elusive Chupacabra chasing Class 11 bugs around the race course. What we did see was some cool spy shots of BFGoodrich’s latest rendition of the All-Terrain T/A KO at contingency during the 2013 Baja 1000. Naturally we were pretty curious to learn more about this new design that has obviously been kept under wraps for quite some time.
We contacted BFGoodrich to try to get the full scoop on this cool new All-Terrain but they are keeping quiet on this one for the time being. All we can do right now is speculate on how this new All-Terrain will do. You’ll notice they’ve done away with the clean and simple sidewall tread that many have come to love and have gone the way of the thick sidewall tread which seems to be more about looks rather than actual performance on the trail. That being said, we’re guessing this tire might have a slightly thicker carcass than the All-Terrain we all know and love. Furthermore, if you look closely, you’ll notice that the tire already has a DOT number on them so the odds are it might be coming real soon. The tread face looks really similar to the current All-Terrain T/A KO, mainly the center three diagonal lugs that have proven to be a great design for many years.
We think it’s safe to assume that the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 will more than likely hit the market sometime next year since it’s currently being tested and proven in the deserts of Baja but since we know you want to know more about this skunk-works tire; we decided to ask the Big Cheese, our Editor-In-Chief John Cappa about his thoughts on this latest tire to roll out of BFG. Here's what he had to say!
The All-Terrain spotted at the 2013 Baja 1000 looks like a full production tire, meaning all of the numbers are on the sidewall, including what appears to be a DOT number. So what’s different? While the tread looks the same, it’s not. There are fewer sipes across the lugs and the lugs themselves appear to be shaped slightly different. A big change is the extra rubber and tread protecting the sidewall. We have no idea if the rubber compound or carcass construction is different than the previous generation BFG All Terrain, and the boys and girls at BFG have been pretty tight lipped and not returning our calls.