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Bridgestone Potenza S007 tyres selected for new Ferrari F12berlinetta

Sep, 02 2013

Bridgestone Potenza S007 tyres selected for new Ferrari F12 berlinetta

Bridgestone has developed a new super sports car tyre, the Potenza S007, as original equipment for the 2013 Ferrari F12berlinetta.

Delivery of the tyre - size 255/35 ZR20 for the front, 315/35R20 106Y for the rear - to the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy, started in May 2013.

The S007 tyres have been developed especially for high speed sporty vehicles, requiring extreme levels of lateral force due to their sporty setup. The pattern features rigid pattern blocks for superior steering response and unleashed grip on dry surfaces. The wide outside tread in combination with specially tuned carcass construction provide maximum cornering grip, even under the most severe load conditions. The S007 will be fitted on the F12berlinetta in conventional and Run-Flat Technology tyres.

“Bridgestone is very proud to continue its long-standing partnership with Ferrari and be selected to develop a tyre for the most powerful Ferrari series road car ever produced” says Edwin Van der Stad, Director Sales, Consumer Business Unit, Bridgestone Europe.

The new Ferrari F12berlinetta certainly throws up challenges for tyre designers. It ushers in a new generation of Ferrari 12-cylinders in the form of a car that delivers unprecedented performance (0-200 km/h in 8,5 seconds, top speed over 340 km/h and Fiorano lap time in 1’23”) from an exceptional new engine, unparalleled handling and innovative design and aerodynamics.

Bridgestone engineers developed Potenza S007 based on construction and materials technologies developed during Bridgestone’s 14 seasons as official FIA Formula One tyre supplier. To meet Ferrari’s specifications for improved fuel efficiency, these technologies were combined with Bridgestone’s advanced knowledge of tyres at the molecular level, helping to optimize the mixture ratio and reaction between carbon, silica and rubber, which reduces rolling resistance and fuel consumption.

Bridgestone has developed tyres for Ferrari and supplied original equipment to Maranello production cars since the Ferrari 348 in 1990. Many of Ferrari’s flagship models have been fitted with Bridgestone tyres. Bridgestone also supplied Potenza F1 racing tyres to the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team between 1999 and 2010 – an era in which Scuderia Ferrari won the Formula 1 World Constructors’ Championship eight times and the Drivers’ Championship on seven occasions.