Video - MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport - The Essence of High Performance

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MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport Tire
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Designed for the sportiest series-produced cars as well as for vehicles specially tuned for ultra-high performance, this new Michelin tire integrates the full range of expertise and know-how developed by Michelin in the leading international endurance races, and in particular the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

 

The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport was designed to accomplish one purpose: deliver the ultimate driving experience while ensuring maximum safety even in extreme conditions of use. This outstanding combination of driving enjoyment and safety performance proved decisive in the product development phases conducted with Porsche, BMW M (the sports division of the Munich-based carmaker) and Ferrari.

 

MICHELIN PSS dry handling in Mercedes MKB Power 63/8

 

The exceptional potential of the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport, which is designed for the most demanding conditions of use on the road, is derived directly from the skills and capabilities of Michelin’s motorsports teams. The technological breakthroughs that have enabled Michelin to score 13 consecutive wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans have been transferred to the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport with the goal of providing motorists with the ultimate in driving pleasure.

 

MICHELIN PSS wet brake test in BMW M3

 

To improve the tire’s road-holding and braking ability and thereby its overall safety performance, even in the most extreme conditions, while also providing excellent mileage, Michelin has uniquely combined three technologies, including two developed for tires used at the 24 Hours of Le Mans:  the Twaron® fiber belt as well as the Bi-Compound tread band and the Variable Contact Patch 2.0, both of which were derived from innovations validated and used in endurance racing. The combination has produced compelling results that are apt to win over the most demanding manufacturers of cars in the ultra high-performance segment. As a result, the new Michelin tire has key advantages that enable it to rise to the challenge posed by its predecessor, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport PS2, which was certified as original equipment on more than 200 vehicles.

 

In line with Michelin’s innovation strategy, the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport delivers an optimal balance of several distinct performance characteristics. This ability to combine maximum safety, even in extreme conditions of use, with driving pleasure and excellent mileage is the result of an R&D commitment unrivaled in the tire industry (nearly €500 million a year allocated to the Michelin Technology Center).

 

Maximum Safety, Even in Extreme Conditions of Use

 

Intended for motorists who want the ultimate driving experience and exceptional safety – whether for day-to-day use or sporty driving – the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport is designed for series-produced super sport models and street-legal cars that have been tuned and modified for ultra high-performance. The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport outperformed its five leading competitors in speed and dry road-holding in a test conducted in 2010 by TÜV SÜD, the independent testing organization, using size 245/40 ZR 18 Y and 235/35 ZR 19 Y tires.

 

The combination of driving enjoyment and safety is perfectly aligned with motorist expectations. This was revealed in a broad-based 2009 TNS Sofres study of 9,000 drivers in five European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) as well as in Russia, the United States and China. Among the people surveyed, 20% said that driving was very important for them. And within this category, 68% – across all nationalities – said that driving enjoyment was their top priority. What’s more, 62% of them mentioned the important role that tires play in their car’s handling, and thus its safety performance.

 

MICHELIN PSS wet skid pad push test in Audi TT

 

The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport achieves a unique balance between safety and driving enjoyment that makes it suitable for everyday road use as well as the racetrack in demanding conditions. Michelin engineers focused on simultaneously improving performance in different areas. The driver of a car equipped with MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tires can relax and enjoy the experience, knowing that the tires deliver maximum safety even in extreme conditions of use.

 

In-house tests performed at the Michelin Technology Center identified six key areas in which the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport outperforms its predecessor, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport PS2, which until now was the segment benchmark:

MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport Spyder Chart

 

These spectacular advances ensure that the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport’s outstanding safety performance meets the highest standards in the most demanding driving conditions.

 

The High-Performance Tire Developed With the Most Demanding Carmakers

 

A preferred, long-time partner to high-profile carmakers, Michelin has been working closely for decades with the world’s most prestigious brands to design exceptional vehicles that deliver unrivaled performance.

 

MICHELIN PSS equipped Ferrari Italia 458

 

Following the MICHELIN Pilot SX MXX3, which was original equipment on the McLaren F1, Bugatti EB 110, Dodge Viper, Porsche 911 and Ferrari F 550 in 1990; the MICHELIN Pilot Sport, which prominently equipped the Pagani Zonda, Ferrari 360 Modena and Maserati Quattroporte in 1997; and the MICHELIN Pilot Sport PS2, the first tire with a dual compound tread in 2003; the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport has crossed a new threshold.

 

The information and technology derived from motorsport racing were crucial in satisfying the requirements of the different manufacturers. While each carmaker has its own philosophy and high-performance criteria, all of them agree on at least one point: a tire that is certified must highlight and enhance a vehicle’s personality and be suited for both everyday road use and track driving, without compromising safety. The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport was developed by Porsche, BMW M and Ferrari engineers according to these specifications. In 2010, it received the Ferrari Technology Award. It has already been approved by Ferrari (for the 458 Italia and 599 GTO) and by Alpina (for its B5).

 

To ensure that its latest-generation tire meets the highest standards of safety, Michelin has applied the same safety margins as those used in the civil aviation industry. During testing, the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport covered 50,000 kilometers under extreme conditions, notably withstanding peak loads equivalent to twice the weight it would support on a vehicle.

 

For each car manufacturer with whom Michelin has a technical partnership, the tire underwent tests covering more than 10,000 kilometers in low-grip conditions. All together, the MICHELIN Super Sport was evaluated over more than 100,000 kilometers on some of the world’s most demanding tracks.

 

In joint development trials with automobile manufacturers, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport was tested for a total of 1,000 hours at over 300 km/hour, proving its superior level of endurance at high speeds.

 

Highly demanding tests were conducted in France, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan and Thailand on such world-famous racetracks as Fiorano, Motegi, Estoril, Magny-Cours, Nardo, Charade and Nürbürgring. In this way, the lineup was optimized to provide an appropriate solution for each of the following automobile segments:

 

MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport equipped Koenigsegg Agera at the track

 

·         Series-produced supercars, such as the Porsche Carrera GT, Koenigsegg Agera and Ruf CTR CT3, and enhanced models.

·         Series-produced luxury supersport cars, such as the Porsche 997 and Ferrari 458 Italia, and enhanced models like the Audi R8 MTM.

·         Series-produced supersport cars, such as the BMW M3 and Subaru WRX STi, and enhanced models like the Nissan GT-R Novidem.

 

Technology

 

With a design inspired by Michelin’s racing tires, the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport integrates the most innovative technologies.

 

MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport Ceinture Twaron ®

 

Ceinture Twaron® - A high-density fibre used in cutting-edge equipment for such sports as tennis, sailing and mountain biking – as well as in aeronautics, protective military gear and motorsports – Twaron® provides the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport with superior high-speed stability.

 

PSS with Ceinture Twaron vs without Twaron

 

Thanks to its variable tension, the belt tightens the tread more than the shoulders. As a result, centrifugal force is more effectively overcome and pressure is more evenly distributed.

 

A key feature of Twaron® is its high grip-resistance. Strong and light at the same time, Twaron® is five times more resistant than steel at equivalent weight.

 

Bi-Compound tread - Originally developed for racing tires, this technological innovation uses different rubber compounds on the left and right sides of the tread.

 

MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport Bi-Compound tread

 

On the outside, a unique, carbon black-reinforced elastomer (developed specifically for the 24 Hours of Le Mans) ensures exceptional endurance when corners are tight.

On the inside, a latest-generation, high-grip elastomer enables the tire (on wet surfaces) to break through the water’s surface and adhere to even the slightest irregularity in the road.

 

Pilot Super Sport Variable contact patch 2.0

 

Variable contact patch 2.0 - Thanks to the latest digital simulation software used in the aeronautics and automobile industries, pressure and consequently temperatures are spread evenly across the tire’s contact patch. Although the patch’s shape changes when cornering, the amount of rubber in contact with the road remains the same.

 

 

The Complete Lineup

 

The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport replacement tire is available in six diameters.

 

17 inches:

20 inches:

215/45ZR17 (91Y)XL

255/35ZR20

225/45ZR17 (94Y) XL

275/30ZR20

235/45ZR17 (97Y) XL

275/35ZR20 

245/40ZR17 (95Y) XL

285/30ZR20

 

285/25ZR20 (93Y) XL 

18 inches:

295/25ZR20 (95Y) XL 

225/45ZR18 (95 Y) XL

345/30ZR20 (106Y)

225/50ZR18 (99Y) XL

 

225/40ZR18 (92Y) XL

21 Inches:

235/40ZR18 (95Y) XL

255/30ZR21 (93Y) XL 

245/40ZR18 (97 Y) XL 

265/30ZR21

245/45ZR18 (100 Y) XL 

295/25ZR21 (96Y) XL 

255/35ZR18 (94Y) XL

295/30ZR21

255/40ZR18 (99Y) XL

 

265/40ZR18 (101Y) XL 

22 Inches:

265/35ZR18 (97Y) XL

235/30ZR22 

275/35ZR18 (99Y) XL

265/30ZR22

285/35ZR18 (101Y) XL

 

 

 

19 inches:

 

225/40ZR19 (93 Y) XL 

 

225/35ZR19 (88 Y) XL 

 

225/45ZR19 (96Y) XL

 

235/35ZR19 (91Y) XL  

 

245/35ZR19 (93Y) XL 

 

245/40ZR19 (98Y) XL

 

255/35ZR19 (96Y)  XL 

 

265/30ZR19 (93Y) XL 

 

275/35ZR19 (100Y)  XL 

 

275/30ZR19 (96Y) XL 

 

295/30ZR19 (100Y) XL 

 

305/30ZR19 (102Y)  XL 

 

 

Further information:

 

Y: can be driven at speeds of up to 300 km/h if total weight does not exceed 85% of the load capacity.

(Y): can be driven at speeds of up to 320 km/h if total weight does not exceed 85% of the load capacity.

OPEN ZR: can be driven at speeds of more than 300 km/h with total weight between 85% and 100% of the load capacity.

 

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