By Denna Bowman
Michelin has strengthened its partnership with Porsche even further with the announcement that it
has developed new tyres for the Carrera GT.
The new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyre replaces the current Pilot Sport PS2 tyre on the Carrera GT, and is the culmination of ten years worth of tyre development.
According to Michelin 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 new tyre has been designed to give drivers of the Carrera GT noticeably improved handling, even faster lap times and a more harmonious driving experience overall, the French tyre manufacturer claims.
Michelin adds that drivers will also 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, thanks to the new structure of the tyre, which 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.
Also, 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 road under any driving conditions.
The announcement comes just weeks after Michelin confirmed it had held on to its prestigious role as the sole tyre supplier for the full range of Panamera in all regions where the four-door Porsche is sold.