Dunlop’s new Sport Maxx Race 2 has been approved by Porsche as original equipment for on road use on the new 911 GT2 RS in the sizes 265/35 ZR 20 (99Y) XL and 325/30 ZR 21 (108Y) XL.
The successor to the Sport Maxx Race has been developed together with Porsche to meet the exceptional performance requirements for its new 911 GT2 RS: excellent performance on dry surfaces and delivering ultimate track lap time for dedicated performance drivers.
With the Sport Maxx Race 2 tyres already approved for the new 911 GT3, Dunlop continues its offering of specialist tyres for Porsche vehicles.
“The Sport Maxx Race 2 is a great evolution of the previous Sport Maxx Race and an excellent match for our 911 GT2 RS, in terms of dry performance, grip and steering precision. Dunlop fully understood our requirements,” said Jan Frank at Porsche.
Dunlop’s winning motorsport experience is a fundamental asset to design and develop Ultra High-Performance tyres for sports cars like the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Motorsport represents the ultimate test and proving ground since it enables to collect substantial amounts of data, feedback from drivers and allows to compete directly with other tyre brands to push the boundaries of innovation. Winning a 24H race is the ultimate test of durability, performance and consistency for any tyre manufacturer, and Dunlop succeeded in transferring what was learnt at 24H Nürburgring and at 24H Le Mans race into on-road performance tyres.
“Working to develop a tyre for platforms like the Porsche 911 GT2 RS means making full use of our experience in motorsport and our capabilities in delivering tailor-made solutions for the most prestigious OEMs,” said Nick Harley, Managing Director OE Consumer EMEA
After intensive testing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany and on Porsche’s proving ground in Nardò in Italy, the Sport Maxx Race 2 was approved as OE Fitment for the 911 GT2 RS.
The key to delivering the ultimate lap time is grip and steering precision. By optimizing the tyre contour, Dunlop managed to balance the pressure distribution across its footprint, giving the driver more feedback while cornering to improve steering precision.
Inspired by reinforcement structures that can be found in nature, the SportMaxx Race 2 features bridges between the grooves, which enhance the tyre’s rigidity. This ‘LightWeight Reinforcement Structure Design’ enables engineers to use less rubber, creating a stiffer and lighter tyre while keeping the overall weight of tyre at a minimum.
The newly developed Sport Maxx Race 2 is made of a unique race derived compound, a crucial element to improve high performance driving. This racing compound heats up quicker than normal compounds. This improves the friction between tyre and road, resulting in extreme grip and longer performance stability when driving high performance cars.