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Porsche Develops New Tires For Its Old Supercar

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Some Porsche Carrera GT owners are probably quite familiar with the word "NO". Usually preceded by "OH" and suffixed by several exclamation marks and a few expletives as their V-10 supercar goes into an uncontrollable spin. Porsche might be elbows-deep in development of its 918 Spyder--successor to the Carrera GT--but it's had time to develop a 'NO' of its own. Well, a 'N0' anyway--a new specification of tire, co-developed with Michelin for the highly-respected supercar.

The N0 inscription features on the sidewalls of the new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire, and refers to the tire's new tread compound promising higher stability at the car's top speed, better lateral grip and longer life. Even on the track, life may be extended by up to 20 percent, and road life should increase by around 10 percent. The tire's life and yours, presumably.

A tread compound not dissimilar to Michelin's racing tires features, as does a dual-compound design that sees different rubber specifications on the inside and outside of the tire. The two companies promise better grip in turns, as the compound helps keep more of the tire in contact with the ground. Steering precision should also be enhanced--something the Carrera GT was hardly lacking in the first place. It's available in 265/35 ZR 19 98Y "N0" and 335/30 ZR 20 108Y "N0" dimensions.

Porsche says it's the work of ten years' tire development since the first GTs hit the streets in 2003. A total of 1,270 were produced between 2003 and 2006, though no doubt a few have since disappeared--if only they'd been equipped with Michelin's N0-rated tires...

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