Close collaboration between Goodyear and Maserati has led to development of a bespoke tire for the different versions of the new GranTurismo. Goodyear’s Eagle F1 SuperSport, part of the tire maker’s ultra-ultra-high-performance range, has been developed to suit the characteristics of the new Maserati models, and will be marked with MGT.
Virtual simulation was used to develop the tires for the GranTurismo. This simulation helped reduce the number of prototype tires required, streamlining the design and development process. The move away from multiple iterations of physical prototype tires also improves cost and efficiency, due to the huge amount of data that can be collected using virtual R&D methods.
“We are really pleased with the collaboration we have developed with Goodyear for the new GranTurismo,” said Stefano Sangermano, model chief engineer at Maserati. “Goodyear’s customized Eagle F1 SuperSport is perfectly suited to the approach of our new model, and the development using virtual simulation has been a great help, facilitating the work between the R&D teams of both parties.”
“It has been exciting to see the development of this tire after Maserati selected Goodyear as its UUHP tire provider for the new GranTurismo,” added Hans Vrijsen, managing director OE, Goodyear. “We’re in a rapidly evolving technical environment, which means simulation now plays an integral part of Goodyear’s research and development. This activity was key to setting tire and vehicle targets, narrowing down the tire design scope and reducing the number of physical development loops. Goodyear is committed to embracing new technologies and methods. This project with Maserati is a case study for what is to come.”