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The Supercars that met the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport

Michelin 21 Jun 2011

The Supercars that met the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport

What do the Koenigsegg Agera, Gumpert Apollo and Ferrari 458 Italia all have in common? They joined the world’s most prestigious sport cars at the Dubai Autodrome circuit to test the world’s fastest ever commercial tyre on track(1). MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport. A tyre based on a technology developed for the 24 hours of Le Mans.

World’s most valuable test drive?

Designed to deliver the ultimate driving experience, while ensuring maximum safety even in extreme conditions of use, the test drivers put the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport through its paces. The impressive starting grid contained over 3.5 million euros worth of pure driving pleasure, including the Gumpert Apollo, Ferrari 458 Italia and the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560. Pushing the rubber to its limits and loving every minute of it, the Koenigsegg Agera reached a max speed of 242 mph.

 

Proven performance

The results of this extravagant road test? Convinced smiles all round! MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport is a tyre that sticks to the road like no other. Especially when pushed beyond all normal limits.  When testing these tyres, the focus was on braking performance at high speeds, in both dry and wet road conditions, as well as on handling performance. Seeing it perform up close, you can see it really does give superior handling on corners.(2) Not surprising considering that the tyre was developed— for maximum safety, effectiveness and a superior drive— with Porsche, Ferrari, and BMW M.

Alchemists at work

To improve the tyre’s road-holding, braking and overall safety performance, even in the most extreme conditions, while also providing excellent mileage, MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport combines three endurance race proven technologies:

Twaron Belt®

MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport has been made using Twaron, which has a tensile strength five times greater than steel. It helps ensure that the tyre’s centre rib remains flat and stable. Which means no vibrations and better handling — even in the most extreme weather conditions.

Bi-compound design

Originally developed for racing tyres, this technological innovation uses different rubber compounds on the left and right sides of the tread.  One type (carbon black-reinforced elastomer, developed specifically for the 24 Hours of Le Mans) is for handling in the dry, for very tight bends. The other type (latest-generation, high-grip elastomer) is devoted to handling in the wet and is perfect for everyday safety.

Variable Contact Patch 2.0

As a result of using the latest digital simulation software also used in the aeronautics and automobile industries, pressure and temperatures are spread evenly across the tyre’s contact patch. Although the patch’s shape changes when cornering, the amount of rubber in contact with the road remains the same.

This tyre was clearly designed to make sure our favourite cars perform as they were intended, and always in the safest possible way. With all the technology, expertise and sporting heritage behind the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tyre, you can expect many victory laps ahead.

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(1) The fastest lap time on a dry track. Tests carried out in 2010 by TÜV on tyre sizes 245/40ZR18Y & 235/35ZR19Y, compared to its 5 premium competitors (available on the market at the time).  
(2) The best dry handling. Tests carried out in 2010 by TÜV on tyre sizes 245/40ZR18Y & 235/35ZR19Y, compared to its 5 premium competitors (available on the market at the time).

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