It all started with a pair of running shoes, Nike TN Airs, which rank among the most expensive running shoes on the market at $133. BF Goodrich engineers spotted the shoes, which feature black soles highlighted by distinctive blue inserts visible only from the bottom, and decided a color tire tread could do for a car what the TN Air does for the foot. Through consumer research, BF Goodrich discovered serious interest on the part of young car enthusiasts, most of them male, who spend ...

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