Michelin launches N0 Pilot Super Sport model for Porsche’s Carrera GT
Extending its relationship with Porsche once again, Michelin has announced the release of a new Pilot Super Sport tyre for the Carrera GT. The manufacturer claims that the new version of the tyre “noticeably enhances the handling of the 1,270 versions of the super sports car built between 2003 and 2006.” The tyre has been brought in to replace the current Pilot Sport PS2 fitment, updating the specific fitment provided to the model by the French manufacturer. Michelin has been developing new specifications of the Pilot Super Sport for the luxury car market since its introduction in late 2010.
Michelin thinks of the latest model as the result of 10 years of tyre development. It is designed to give drivers of the Carrera GT noticeably improved handling, even faster lap times and a more harmonious driving experience overall. The new tyre will improve the stability of the Porsche model at its top speed of 330 km/h, Michelin continues, as well as its behaviour at high lateral acceleration speeds, due to the new structure, which features the Porsche specification ‘N0’ on the sidewalls.
The tread compound of the Pilot Super Sport, which is manufactured on the same production line as Michelin’s racing tyres, features what Michelin calls “Bi-Compound” technology. In this, different rubber compounds are used for the inside and outside of the tread area, a feature designed to increase grip on bends and steering response precision.
Internally, the tyre’s casing 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, Michelin’s “Variable Contact Patch 2.0” technology distributes the pressure evenly across the tyre, meaning as much of the tread as possible is always in contact with the road under any driving conditions.
Alongside optimised performance criteria, Michelin says the tyres will last longer too: compared to the previous tyre, mileage is up to 10 per cent higher on the road, and as much as 20 per cent higher when the tyres are used on tough race tracks, Michelin claims. The new tyre also improves braking performance.
Michelin believes the tyre exemplifies its Total Performance ethos because it offers high levels of performance in all areas without compromising on any others, the company claims.
The new Michelin Pilot Super Sport Carrera GT tyres are available now in 265/35ZR19 98Y N0 and 335/30ZR20 108Y N0 sizes.
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