Bridgestone EMIA (19 July 2021) – Bridgestone has been selected as the exclusive tyre supplier for the new Lamborghini Huracán STO, the luxury Italian manufacturer’s road-homologated super sports car. In addition to custom-developed Bridgestone POTENZA Sport tyres, the Lamborghini Huracán STO can now also be fitted with bespoke Bridgestone POTENZA Race street legal and circuit driving tyres. These tailor-made POTENZA Race tyres offer excellent dry grip for outstanding lap times and reliable cornering, braking, and handling on and off the track.
Custom-developed Bridgestone POTENZA Race tyres have been designed to enhance the incredible capabilities of the Lamborghini Huracán STO and let drivers experience true high-performance. Building on Bridgestone’s long heritage in Formula One racing and high-performance vehicles, the premium POTENZA Race street legal and circuit driving tyre has been tailor-made for the first time for the Lamborghini Huracán STO. As such, the tyre’s tread is lined with the colours of the Italian tricolore – a nod to the fact that both the tyre and vehicle have been designed in Italy – and features Lamborghini’s distinctive markings.
The bespoke Bridgestone POTENZA Race tyre promises excellent dry grip, thanks to an optimised tread compound, pattern, and sporty tyre profile, which increases grip and handling in dry conditions. The tyre also boasts long-lasting on-track performance and outstanding lap time ability – a result of maximised contact area and even pressure distribution, which enhances braking and cornering. And with a carcass design that enables high-performance on normal roads, the tyre is engineered for both the road and track.
Bridgestone POTENZA Race’s development relied heavily on the company’s ground-breaking virtual tyre modelling and simulation technologies, which enable a digital twin of a tyre to be developed and tested. In this project, virtual design and simulation enabled Bridgestone and Lamborghini to find the Huracán STO’s optimal match to maximise the tyre’s contact area and distribute pressure evenly under the most severe cornering, braking, and traction conditions.
The use of this technology ensured that the Huracán STO’s tyre development period was reduced1 while offering increased flexibility. The virtual environment enables many more variants of a given tyre to be tested, thanks to the extreme speed of modifying the digital twin of the tyre and immediately submitting it to a subjective test on the driving simulator, to ultimately cut the vehicle’s time to market. The use of virtual technologies also ensures that the chosen tyre is the ideal fitment, as many alternatives have been assessed during development, and it helps to deliver various environmental benefits: both natural resource use and exhaust emissions are cut, as fewer prototype tyres are required to be built, and physical testing is reduced.2