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Considering that tires are the only part of a vehicle that’s actually in contact with the road surface, when you’ve got a car that makes 730 horsepower and is capable of dashing from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds as well as lapping the Fiorano test track in just 1 minute 23 seconds, then it better be shod in rubber that’s up to the job.
That’s why after successful partnerships in the past, notably with its 599 GTO and FF, Ferrari has decided to stick with Michelin for its latest hyper car sensation, the F12 Berlinetta, which will come with Super Sport Pilot rubber. Much like the F12, which is the quickest production Ferrari ever, the Michelin Super Sport Pilot, is also the quickest production tire ever (according to a 2010 independent test by TÜV SÜD Automotive where it trumped its five main competitors on the track).
According to Michelin, a key aspect of the Super Sport Pilot’s performance lies with the Twaron Belt, made from high-density fiber. Five times stronger than equivalent steel belts, yet considerably lighter, it enables the Super Sport Pilot to deliver superior stability at high speeds. Another clever feature is variable contact patch technology, which despite its name, ensures that during cornering the same amount of rubber remains in contact with the road surface, despite changes in the actual shape of the contact patch.
Along with these technological features that have proved their metal in road racing circles, the Super Sport Pilot also employs different rubber compounds for the inner and outer sides of the tread. On the outside, a harder Bi-compound elastomer is designed to promote maximum endurance, while on the inside, a softer Tri-compound enables the tire to break through the water barrier and adhere to the tarmac, promoting maximum grip during wet conditions. Ayrton Senna would no doubt be proud.
The Super Sport Pilot as installed on the F12 Berlinetta will be sized at 255/35ZR20 for the front wheels and 315/35/ZR20 for the rears.
Watch AutoGuide’s First Look video of the F12 Berlinetta below: