Since it was formed, the BFGoodrich brand has distinguished itself by its pioneering spirit, and by its desire to extend the limits of performance. Many important advances in tyre development came about because of this mindset. It is the main theme running through a history which is the stuff of legends, a history composed of a succession of challenges successfully met, major firsts and important events which have marked the course of tyre developments.
1870 Dr Benjamin Franklin Goodrich creates the first North American rubber company.
1903 The first car to cross the United States is fitted with BFGoodrich tyres.
1915 BFGoodrich becomes the first North American tyre brand to win the Indianapolis 500 in two consecutive years.
1927 Charles Lindbergh's airplane, the "Spirit Of Saint Louis," which made the first successful non-stop flight across the Atlantic, was fitted with BFGoodrich tyres.
1947 BFGoodrich manufactures the first tubeless tyre for American cars.
1965 BFGoodrich develops the American Radial tyre: the "Lifesaver."
1967 BFGoodrich launches the first run-flat tyre.
1972 BFGoodrich introduces radial-ply touring tyres in North America, while other manufacturers continue to develop "Bias-ply" tyres.
1972 A legend is born: BFGoodrich wins the "Baja 1000."
1976 BFGoodrich launches the first Radial Performance tyre for light commercial vehicles: the Radial All Terrain T/A.
1977 The Columbia space shuttle is fitted with BFGoodrich tyres.
1997 BFGoodrich takes up the cross-country rally competition challenge.
1999 BFGoodrich launches the first tyre with colored tread: the Scorcher T/A.
2000 BFGoodrich launches its passenger car / light truck tyre range in Europe with a class-leading product: the Profiler G.
2004 BFGoodrich hails the launch of the g-Force Profiler, the High Performance tyre with the unique GRIP with greatest driving control.
2005 BFGoodrich launches the Profiler².
2006 BFGoodrich enters the World Rally Championship alongside the greatest teams. The brand enables Sébastien Loeb in his Kronos Total Citroën to win the title of World Champion driver and the company wins the World Champion Constructor title with BP Ford WRT.
Launch of the extreme off-road 4x4 tyre: the BFGoodrich Krawler.
2007 BFGoodrich enters the IRC (Intercontinental Rally Challenge) and wins first place. For the second year running, the company also wins the driver's and constructor's titles in the World Rally Championship with Sébastien Loeb, thus confirming the company's position as world leader in rallying.
1999-2007 BFGoodrich wins the cross-country Rally world cup.
2002-2007 BFGoodrich, Dakar Rally winner.
2007 Launch of the g-Force Stud tyre.
2008 BFGoodrich expands its range with products for business use with Activan van tyres. The Radial Long Trail T/A Tour tyres are launched to strengthen the 4x4 range.
2009 BFGoorich launches the g-Grip