“The new Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport RS has proven to provide the very high-performance level which we from Porsche require. Goodyear has designed a great tyre for us which perfectly fits into the extreme requirements of our Porsche 911 GT2 RS,” said Porsche Motorsport lead engineer Jan Frank.
Setting lap times at the Nardò Porsche Test circuit at Nardò in Italy was the final stage of development for the new Eagle F1 SuperSport RS, which marks Goodyear’s return to the Ultra Ultra High Performance (UUHP) market segment.
Fitted with 265/35ZR20 (99Y) XL (front) and 325/30ZR21 (108Y) XL (rear), the GT2 RS usage scenario was particularly challenging.
Porsche Motorsport required tyres capable of predictably and exploitably transmitting 700 hp and 750 nm through the rear wheels, a challenge compounded by peak torque arriving from just 2500 rpm, transferring power into straight-line and cornering performance resulting in superior lap times.
“The list of tyres truly competitive in these conditions is short,” said Nick Harley, managing director of Goodyear OE in the EMEA region.
The homologation entails that Porsche will be retailing N0-marked Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport RS tyres through its dealer network to owners seeking performance and steering precision in dry conditions.
Goodyear developed the Eagle F1 SuperSport RS specially for Porsche Motorsport, with a brief to facilitate record performance on track.
Pure racing compound maximizes dry grip by combining very stiff tread elements with a reduced tread depth.
The combined benefit helps maximizing the g- forces while minimizing movement of tread pattern in extreme cornering conditions, this providing the driver with both maximum grip level and extremely precise steering behaviour.
The adapted tyre construction utilizes further lessons from motorsport and bestows the Eagle F1 SuperSport RS with an optimized tyre profile to increase size of contact in combination to strong Aramid winding to keep the pressure distribution constant in different driving conditions and at different speeds.
Finally, the tread design features a massive outer shoulder which has been designed to optimize transmission of all lateral forces and facilitate extreme cornering stability.