Goodyear now has Michelin squarely in its crosshairs with the new UUHP (for Ultra Ultra High Performance) Eagle F1 SuperSport range comprising the SuperSport, SuperSport R and SuperSport RS, with the latter being homologated for the fearsome Porsche 911 GT2 RS and GT3 RS.
With 700 hp and 750 Nm driving just the rear wheels, and with peak torque arriving at a low 2,500rpm, it was always going to be a challenge to meet the demands of the Porsche GT2 RS – one of the fastest road legal car ever to lap Nürburgring.
To that end, racing compound with very stiff tread blocks and a reduced depth were deployed in the SuperSport RS. The elements combined to maximise resistance to g-forces while minimising movement of the tread pattern under high cornering loads.
Meanwhile, the tyre construction utilises a profile which increases the size of the contact patch in combination with Aramid winding to keep the load distribution constant in varying conditions, this is complemented by a massive outer shoulder to withstand lateral forces in extreme cornering, something likely to be encountered in a 911 bearing GT2 and GT3 emblems.
The homologation of the SuperSport RS means 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’.