Bridgestone OE on Ferrari F12berlinetta
Bridgestone has developed a new super sports car tyre, the Potenza S007, as original equipment for the 2013 Ferrari F12berlinetta. The tyre size is 255/35 ZR 20 and the S007 will be fitted on the F12berlinetta in conventional and Run-Flat Technology tyres.
The S007 tyres have been developed especially for high speed sporty vehicles, requiring extreme levels of lateral force due to their sporty setup. The pattern features rigid pattern blocks for superior steering response and optimum grip on dry surfaces. The wide outside tread, in combination with specially tuned carcass construction, provide maximum cornering grip, even under the most severe load conditions.
The new Ferrari F12berlinetta certainly throws up challenges for tyre designers. It goes from 0-200 km/h in 8,5 seconds and has a top speed of over 340 km/h. Bridgestone engineers developed the Potenza S007 using construction and materials technologies developed during Bridgestone’s 14 seasons as official FIA Formula One tyre supplier. To meet Ferrari’s specifications for improved fuel efficiency, these technologies were combined with Bridgestone’s advanced knowledge of tyres at the molecular level, helping to optimise the mixture ratio and reaction between carbon, silica and rubber, which reduces rolling resistance and fuel consumption.
“Bridgestone is very proud to continue its long-standing partnership with Ferrari and be selected to develop a tyre for the most powerful Ferrari series road car ever produced” says Edwin Van der Stad, Director Sales, Consumer Business Unit, Bridgestone Europe.
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