Porsche Carrera GT receives newly developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires

Article by Christian A., on August 25, 2013

Although the Carrera GT production ended back in 2006, Porsche is still taking care of the people who bought its supercar. As a result, the German manufacturer developed a new tire for the Carrera GT in partnership with Michelin. According to Porsche, the new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire enhances the handling of the Carrera GT and replaces the current Pilot Sport PS2 tire.

Moreover, the car drivers will see benefits in relation to the stability of the Porsche model at its top speed of 330 km/h, but also at high lateral acceleration speeds. Furthermore, the new structure of the tore features the Porsche specification "N0" on the sidewalls and the tread compound is based on "dual-compound" technology, same as Michelin racing tires.

What’s more interesting is that the belt is made from an especially durable mix of aramid fibers, which are five times lighter than steel but deliver the same tensile strength. Comparing it with the previous tires, fuel consumption is improved by 10 percent on normal roads and almost 20 percent on the race track. Braking performance is also improved. The new Carrera GT tires are available now in 265/35 ZR 19 98Y "N0" and 335/30 ZR 20 108Y "N0" dimensions.

Porsche has been known to follow a practice of focusing on the basics, especially when it comes to the Carrera GT. The brand does this by making use of lightweight technology in all aspects. Its dimensions are the following: an overall length of 4.61 meters (181.5 inches), total width of 1.92 meters (75.6 inches), with height at 1.16 meters (45.7 inches).

Meanwhile the wheelbase measures 2.73 meters (107.5 inches). When it comes to how heavy the Porsche Carrera GT, it has an ideal unladen weight measuring 1,380 kilograms (3,043 pounds). According to Porsche, based solely on the design language, the Carrera GT offers the performance expected from a practical and uncompromising super sports car. While a number of prototypes are generally created for racing, the design of the Carrera GT has similarities to the production models of the brand.

This was possible even if the design utilizes elements never before seen or shows a new interpretation of the present features. In fact, one can safely say that the Carrera GT brings to mind many of the legendary race cars the brand is known for. As expected from a Porsche model, the front section reveals a lid that has been swept back much like an arrow.

The elevated wheel arches are there as well which harkens back to the design of Porsche’s celebrated sports cars. That the new Carrera GT employs a mid-engine concept is highlighted by two things. The first is the long gap present in the rear axle and the door with the second being the forward-moving cockpit.

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