Ferrari taps Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres for F12berlinetta

Article by Anita Panait, on March 20, 2012

Ferrari has chosen the Michelin Pilot Super Sport as its standard tyre for its brand new F12berlinetta, touted as the most powerful Ferrari ever with max power of 740bhp. The Italian manufacturer has chosen Michelin as one of its original equipment suppliers for the new F12berlinetta. Michelin specially designed the Pilot Super Sport tyres to cope with the power of the new F12berlinetta. 

Ferrari and Michelin had a successful partnership over the development of tyres for the 599 GTO and the FF. The latest partnership with Ferrari highlights Michelin’s years of success in the world’s most excruciating endurance races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, wherein the tyre maker has posted 14 victories in a row. Michelin’s excellent quality has been attributed to the company’s willingness to transfer its tyre technologies from the race tracks to the roads. The same is true for the Michelin tyres fitted in the F12berlinetta.

Using its acclaimed tyre technologies developed at Research and Development Center, Michelin has designed tyres capable of handling the power and torque of the 740bhp 6,262cc V12 engine that powers the F12berlinetta. Some of the technologies that Michelin used on the Pilot Super Sport tyres are Twaron Belt, Variable Contact Patch 2.02 and Tri-Compound and Bi-compound Tread. 

The Twaron Belt is a high-density fibre that gives superior high-speed stability to the tyres. It is a very strong, yet light fibre, which boasts of being five times stronger than steel with an equivalent weight. 

The Variable Contact Patch 2.02, allows the amount of rubber in contact with road to remain the same when the car is cornering. Tri-Compound and Bi-compound Tread, meanwhile, uses different rubber compounds on the left and right sides of the tread to give the tyres maximum endurance. On the outside, unique elastomer specifically developed for racing tyres allows exceptional endurance.

On the inside, meanwhile, a high-grip elastomer allows the tyre to break through the water’s surface and stick to the road.  The Michelin Pilot Super Sport developed for the new F12berlinetta have sizes of 255/35 ZR 20 for the front, and 315/35 ZR 20 for the rear.

A design team composed of Pininfarina and the Ferrari Styling Centre oversaw the creation of the F12berlinetta, producing a precise mixture of stylistic proportions and efficient aerodynamics that is characteristic of V12 cars.

Engineers and designers collaborated to carve its body in such a way that it will smoothly combine the vehicle’s state-of-the-art aerodynamic characteristics by omission instead of overwhelming it with additions that are not necessary.

The tandem’s product is a breakthrough in air flows that make it totally one of a kind, a superb merge of beauty and technicality: a necessary requirement for all Ferraris in which the function and the appearance are strictly connected.

F12berlinetta has low and sleek coupé lines along with intrinsically carved flanks whose curves wave and touch the air flows directly from the bonnet. Both aerodynamic channels, produced by volume reduction between the central bonnet and wings, go through a bridge in the space between the A-pillar at the bottom and wheelarch at the front, right before passing into the scoops in the flanks which give the car a lighter feel.

The car’s front is mainly a striking grille that gets air to the engine to keep the V12 cool. Both sides have guide vanes that are electronically-controlled and that aids in cooling the brakes.

This is a dynamic and unique aerodynamic key that assures optimized cooling of the brakes. The back of the F12berlinetta shows a contemporary and fully functional reinvention of the Kamm tail which smoothly connects both vertical fences of the rear diffuser. The signature T-shape integrates both full-LED round tail-lights and a rear fog light patterned from the F1 as well.

Car dynamics and functionality

F12berlinetta’s Fiorano lap time is an impressive 1'23", 0-100 km/h acceleration in 3.1 seconds, and a whopping 0 to 200 km/h in 8.5 seconds, which makes the Ferrari F12berlinetta the highest-performing Ferrari car of all time.

Besides its remarkable numbers, it is also as smooth and as easy to drive as any comfort sedan. Ferrari’s handling guarantees confidence no matter the speed. This breakthrough was nailed through the development of the work that was done by the team, considering all possible factors like responsiveness and agility even at a slower velocity.

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