Maserati Grecale Folgore Wears Bridgestone’s EV-Specific Tires

Bridgestone Potenza Sport Tires promise both performance and EV driving range.

Dan Carney, Senior Editor

May 31, 2024

2 Min Read
The Maserati Grecale Folgore EV.
The Maserati Grecale Folgore EV.Maserati

At a Glance

  • Enliten technology boosts efficiency
  • Peak Life polymer reduces the need to exchange performance for efficiency and tire life

One contributor to the 310 miles of estimated driving range for the Maserati Grecale Folgore EV is the selection of Bridgestone’s new 20-inch Potenza Sport tires. Bridgestone says that the application of the company’s Enliten technology lets the Potenza Sport tires deliver a balanced combination of wet grip, long wear, and low rolling resistance for maximum driving range.

Bridgestone says that the company’s Virtual Tire Development technologies and Maserati’s driving simulator were employed to create and test the Potenza Sport digitally before physical testing. The company says this reduced the need for as much physical prototyping and testing, which in turn cut consumption of the raw materials for those prototypes and accelerated the time to market.

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“The Grecale Folgore is a historic launch for Maserati on its pioneering electrification journey, and we’re very proud to help bring its performance to life with Bridgestone tires,” said Steven De Bock, Vice President Original Equipment at Bridgestone Europe, Middle East, and Asia. “We both have a strong commitment to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles; it’s a great moment to see our collaboration break new ground in electric mobility.”

The tire’s very low rolling resistance performance earned a best-in-class EU label A-grade, indicating high efficiency that is difficult to achieve in a tire designed for high performance. Bridgestone engineer Jess Placke attributes this to the use of the company’s innovative Peak Life polymer.

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“What makes it unique is that it is able to react with the silica that’s in our tread compounds that in these products,” Placke explained on an episode of Bridgestone’s “Thrive” podcast on YouTube. “It does that reaction at an increased level versus our previous-generation compound.”

She continued to explain that the polymer let engineers avoid making the usual tradeoffs. “When we look at the tire performance, we are able to get that increased wear life, but we’re also able to recognize increased rolling resistance performance as well,” Placke said. “In development, we’re always playing this game of tradeoffs.”

“ We improve performance in one area but we sacrifice it in another,” she continued. “Peak Life really is unique because it has the ability, it can recognize both of those improvements in wear and rolling resistance but we don’t see a tradeoff in any other area. We’re also able to increase the sustainability of the tire because we’re able to increase the wear life and the overall tire life with the inclusion of the polymer. This definitely is a key material we added to our lineup.”

Related:Bridgestone Opens Advanced Tire Production Center

About the Author(s)

Dan Carney

Senior Editor, Design News

Dan’s coverage of the auto industry over three decades has taken him to the racetracks, automotive engineering centers, vehicle simulators, wind tunnels, and crash-test labs of the world.

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