It is a rare occasion that a car maker comes up with new parts for a model that has been out of production for years – especially one that is being replaced by an all-new model. But the colossal significance of the Porsche Carrera GT as one of the finest supercars of all time is enough reason for it to get special treatments.
Porsche just announced that they have, in partnership with Michelin, developed a special series of Pilot Super Sport tires for the Carrera GT. The new rubber is said to improve the handling and overall performance of the CGT. It is, after all, ten years more advance than the tire supplied with the car when it went into production in 2003.
Featuring the Porsche specification “N0” on the sidewalls, the new tire is manufactured on the same production line as Michelin racing tires and boasts the “dual-compound” technology. That means different rubber compounds are used for the inside and outside of the tread. This concept offers maximum grip on bends and highly precise steering behavior. What’s more, the new tires benefit from aramid fibers, which are five times lighter than steel but deliver the same tensile strength.
The new tires maintain a greater contact with the asphalt under any driving conditions, thus enhancing the car’s behavior at high lateral acceleration speeds. The Carrera GT fitted with the new rubber can easily achieve 330 km/h. The tires are available in dimensions 265/35 ZR 19 98Y “N0” and 335/30 ZR 20 108Y “N0” front and rear. No word on the pricing yet.