Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, based in Stuttgart, has developed a new tyre for the Carrera GT in partnership with tyre manufacturer Michelin. The new tyre once again noticeably enhances the handling of the 1270 versions of the super sportscar built between 2003 and 2006. The new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyre, which now replaces the current Pilot Sport PS2 tyre on the Carrera GT, brings together the findings of ten years' worth of tyre development to give drivers of the Carrera GT noticeably improved handling, even faster lap times and a more harmonious driving experience overall.
Drivers will even see benefits in relation to the stability of the Porsche model at its top speed of 330 km/h, as well as its behaviour at high lateral acceleration speeds. This is all down to the new structure of the tyre, which, of course, features the Porsche specification "N0" on the sidewalls. The tread compound of the Pilot Super Sport tyre, which is manufactured on the same production line as Michelin racing tyres, is based on "dual-compound" technology. With this technology, different rubber compounds are used for the inside and outside of the tread. This concept offers maximum grip on bends and highly precise steering behaviour. What's more, the belt is made from an especially durable mix of aramid fibres, which are five times lighter than steel but deliver the same tensile strength. In addition, the variable contact area distributes the pressure evenly across the tyre, meaning as much of the tread as possible is always in contact with the asphalt under any driving conditions.
The new Carrera GT tyres are available now in 265/35 ZR 19 98Y "N0" and 335/30 ZR 20 108Y "N0" dimensions. Alongside optimised performance criteria, these tyres offer the cost-effective side-effect of increased mileage: Compared to the previous tyre, mileage is up to 10% higher on normal roads, and even as much as 20% higher when the tyres are used on tough race tracks. The new tyre also improves braking performance, showing that, even after ten years, Porsche is still working just as hard to look after drivers of its older models as it does to look after drivers of its new vehicles.
SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database