The new Ferrari 488 Pista supercar will roll off the production line fitted with specially developed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 K2 ultra-high-performance tyres; 245/35 ZR20 front and 305/30 ZR20 rear.
The Pilot Sport Cup 2 K2 is the latest generation of Michelin’s road-legal track tyres and the company says that compared to the Pilot Sport Cup 2 K1 tyre designed for the Ferrari 458 Speciale, the K2 offers improved lap times by providing more grip and more sporty handling.
The development of the tyres took 14 months and they were fine-tuned in dynamic simulation sessions with Ferrari to ensure the tyres achieved the characteristics demanded by Ferrari engineers. The result, says Michelin, is new tyres offering very high grip levels, consistent performance and excellent balance between front and rear.
More than 1100 prototype tyres were produced and tested during a development process that included intensive track testing, with 1800km driven at Michelin’s Ladoux test centre in France and Fiorano and Nardo tracks in Italy.
A range of new technologies developed from motorsport are used in the tyres, including multi-compound technology where different rubber compounds are used on the inner and outer sections of the tread. Of these, one ‘special grip’ compound ensures high and consistent grip levels in a variety of weather conditions. The Pilot Sport Cup 2 also features an adapted tread design, with increased sidewall stiffness to absorb transverse forces and allow faster cornering, and a bespoke aramid belt optimising the ease of control.
The Ferrari 488 Pista is powered by the most powerful V8 engine in the company’s history, with the 3.9-litre twin turbo punching out more than 700hp and 770 Nm and launching the car to a sizzling 0-100km/h time of 2.85 seconds and a top speed of 340km/h.