Lamborghini has chosen Bridgestone as the tyre supplier for the its Huracán STO, a new supercar set to be released in 2021.
Bridgestone has developed a tailor-made Potenza tyre for the Huracán STO. The company tells us it has engineered a high-performance tyre capable of maximising the Huracán STO’s traction, handling, control, and extreme overall performance.
Key to the tyre’s success in maximising the supercar’s performance is the combination of pattern and cavity design and the use of the latest state of the art technologies. The Potenza tyres apply an asymmetric tread design for enhanced steering response and cornering stability, and an internal crown structure that distributes footprint pressure evenly when cornering. These features, combined with a newly developed tread compound that enhances grip, help to bring the Huracán STO’s track-level performance to road users.
Thanks to a strong collaboration with Lamborghini and its virtual development technology, Bridgestone says it carried out its tyre development process to achieve maximum results despite limitations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bridgestone’s capabilities in virtual tyre development proved crucial to its Potenza tyres achieving outstanding performance in the given timeframe, with the tyre manufacturer testing several combinations in its virtual environment and integrating tyre behaviour in the vehicle’s system to find the perfect match for Lamborghini in a virtual driving simulator. This resulted in a process that went from start to finish in a more efficient way and with a reduced environmental impact.
As well as the road-focused, custom-developed Potenza fitment, Bridgestone will also be providing a track-oriented, road-homologated version of the tyre that applies “race” technologies to maximise the vehicle’s track performance, especially in dry conditions.
Commenting on this announcement was Steven De Bock, VP consumer replacement and OE at Bridgestone EMIA: “It’s been a pleasure for our team to work so closely with Lamborghini for the first time, and on such an exciting project. The Huracán STO is an incredible piece of engineering that deserves a custom tyre that can fulfill its full potential.
“I can proudly say that Bridgestone has delivered such a high-performance tyre. It has been fantastic for the team to have worked on a project that is at the forefront of technology in so many ways.”