While this is just a press release, we're using it an excuse to celebrate the effort undertaken to customise tyres for specific high end vehicles, and post a pretty tyre picture. Good work Michelin!
Specially developed versions of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres will be the sole track-focused original equipment fitment on the new Mercedes-AMG GT R.
These road-legal MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres feature an optimised profile and asymmetric tread design, along with a new single rubber compound developed in motorsport series such as the World Endurance Championship. This combination has ensured the optimum balance between handling, grip and endurance on track which was specified by AMG’s engineers.
As AMG’s most advanced road car to date, the challenge for Michelin’s engineers was to design an ultra-high- performance tyre which offers the highest levels of safety in a variety of road and track conditions while not compromising on tyre life – particularly during circuit use.
During the 18-month development process Michelin produced and tested almost 900 prototype tyres and 800 pre-series tyres. These were extensively tested by both Michelin test drivers and AMG’s engineers on a number of circuits including Nardo, Nurburgring and Michelin’s own Ladoux test tracks near Clermont-Ferrand, France.
In addition to the new mono-compound and asymmetric tread pattern, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres also incorporate the motorsport-developed Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0. This optimises pressure in the tyre's contact patch so the same amount of rubber is always in contact with the road or track, whether driving in a straight line or cornering.
As well as the bespoke technical elements used inside the tyre, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres also use Premium Touch effect in the design of the sidewalls. This enhances the look of the tyres and ensures they are in keeping with the aggressive good looks of the car.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R tyre sizes are as follows:
275/35 ZR 19 front and 325/30 ZR 20 rear