Potenza RE050 A is a high performance summer tyre from Bridgestone. The technical design of the tyre meets the expectation of the most demanding drivers of sports cars, coupes and sedans. Potenza RE050 A is optimized to perform well on both dry and wet roads. But it is not meant for snow driving. The tyre slips out of control when driven on near freezing temperatures. The asymmetric tread pattern of this Bridgestone is designed from the ultra-grip tread compound. The continuous centre rib provides balanced and responsive driving. Providing quiet and comfortable driving experience, the lateral grooves protect the vehicle from the risk of aquaplaning. To stabilize the tread area, Potenza RE050 A is designed with twin steel belts reinforced by spiral-wrapped nylon. Finally, the fabric cord body helps in maintaining cornering stability.
All tires used by the Formula 1 teams will be supplied by Bridgestone, from 2008 to 2010. Bridgestone Corporation is the first tire manufacturer to ever establish in Japan. In 1988, the company expands, by taking over of the Firestone Tire Company. Technology and safety are the key words in the philosophy of this Nippon constructor, who won the second place on the international tire market. Specialized in the off-road tires, Bridgestone takes very personally the development of ecological tires, fit to stand up against the worst weather conditions. From a Bridgestone tire we can expect both an excellent wet traction and the noise reduction band or the ride comfort system, all "home made". This obsession that Bridgestone has with innovation, made Bridgestone win the Japanese a good deal of Formula 1 Grand Prix, next to some of the most sounding names in this business, like Ferrari, Williams or Toyota. Out of the race, this manufacturer supplies original tires for the Audi TT, the BMW Z8 and the brand new Mazda Miata, MX-5.