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Let's face it: finding new tires for older cars can be challenging if tire manufacturers have stopped carrying the right sizes (this writer went through Hell to find a set of 205/60-13s). But what about tires for low-volume supercars, which use sizes that often won't fit on high-volume production vehicles? The Porsche Carrera GT isn't that old and tires are still available in the correct sizes, but the German automaker has shown its support of keeping them on the road by working with Michelin to give owners yet another tire option. Enter the Carrera GT-specific Pilot Super Sport.

It's common knowledge that tires are one of the most important pieces of the performance puzzle, and Porsche claims that the PSS tires, sized 265/35ZR-19 front and 335/30ZR-20 with Porsche's "N0" rating, will improve the Carrera GT's handling and stability all the way up to its claimed top speed of 205 miles per hour. That's important for a car with razor-sharp handling characteristics. They'll also net drivers a 10-percent increase in fuel economy on regular roads and up to 20 percent on racetracks, Porsche says.

The PSSs use cutting-edge tire technology to harness the Carrera GT's 610 horsepower. They have a dual-compound tread that's different from the inside of the tire to the outside, which, Porsche says, helps steering precision and increases maximum grip. Aramid fibers, which are lightweight but just as strong as steel, are used in the tire's belt to reduce unsprung weight.

Check out the official press release below for more information.
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Newly Developed Tires for the Porsche Carrera GT

Atlanta. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, based in Stuttgart, has developed a new tire for the Carrera GT in partnership with tire manufacturer Michelin. The new tire once again noticeably enhances the handling of the 1,270 versions of the super sports car built between 2003 and 2006. The new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire, which now replaces the current Pilot Sport PS2 tire on the Carrera GT, brings together the findings of ten years' worth of tire development to give drivers of the Carrera GT noticeably improved handling, even faster lap times and a more harmonious driving experience overall.

Drivers will even see benefits in relation to the stability of the Porsche model at its top speed of 330 km/h, as well as its behavior at high lateral acceleration speeds. This is all down to the new structure of the tire, which, of course, features the Porsche specification "N0" on the sidewalls. The tread compound of the Pilot Super Sport tire, which is manufactured on the same production line as Michelin racing tires, is based on "dual-compound" technology. With this technology, 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 belt is made from an especially durable mix of aramid fibers, which are five times lighter than steel but deliver the same tensile strength. In addition, the variable contact area distributes the pressure evenly across the tire, meaning as much of the tread as possible is always in contact with the asphalt under any driving conditions.

The new Carrera GT tires are available now in 265/35 ZR 19 98Y "N0" and 335/30 ZR 20 108Y "N0" dimensions. Alongside optimized performance criteria, these tires offer the cost-effective side-effect of increased mileage: Compared to the previous tire, mileage is up to 10% higher on normal roads, and even as much as 20% higher when the tires are used on tough race tracks. The new tire also improves braking performance, showing that, even after ten years, Porsche is still working just as hard to look after drivers of its older models as it does to look after drivers of its new vehicles.

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        Looks amazing, absolutely - real presence in person. But sounds even better, it's unreal - if you have never heard it, do yourself a favour and listen to a Youtube clip.
      • 1 Year Ago
      EVO recently wrote an article talking about how the new PSS tire transformed the handling of the Carrera GT. Looks like there was a good reason.
      • 1 Year Ago
      it's nice to know that Porsche still cares about the performance of a car that is nearly a decade old.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This tire alone will significantly increase the value of these cars. I know that I would be more likely to buy one now, if I were in that range. It fixes basically the only issue with the car.
      • 1 Year Ago
      My MS3 has Pilot Sport PS2 N3 (Porsche compound) on it, and it does handle great. The tire wear is horrific compared to the much newer Super Sport, so that's what will be going on it next. The Carrera GT is in my top 5 favorite cars of all time, and is still what I consider the best sounding car ever made.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I was actually kind of surprised on how good my PS2's held up on a Cayman, especially with the abuse I've given them including a couple of track days. But at the same time, I kind of happy these are their last season so I can replace them with the Super Sports. Every review has been outstanding and for some reason they are actually cheaper for me than the PS2's.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This was absolutely one of my favorite cars all time. I so wanted to put a body kit on the MR2 spyder to mimic it but nothing I could do to the MR2 spyder engine would even remotely compare. http://www.luxurypart.com/home/index.php?page=shop.browse&category_id=18&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=57&vmcchk=1&Itemid=57
      • 1 Year Ago
      Probably one of the most visceral and exciting supercars ever made.