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Specially developed Michelin Pilot Sport to be OE on Mercedes’ AMG GT.

Posted: December 15, 2016 at 12:07 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Mercedes-Benz A.G. has selected a specially developed version of Group Michelin’s Pilot Sport Cup 2 tire as the exclusive OE fitment on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R sports car.

The Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for the GT R have an optimized profile and asymmetric tread design, along with a single rubber compound developed in motorsport series. This combination, Michelin said, gives optimum balance among handling, grip and endurance on track, as specified by AMG’s engineers. The GT R tire sizes are 275/35ZR19 front and 325/30ZR20 rear.

According to Michelin, the challenge was to design an ultra-high-performance tire that offered high levels of safety in a variety of road and track conditions without compromising on tire life. Michelin achieves this in path through “variable contact patch 3.0,” a motorsport-developed technology that optimizes pressure in the tire’s contact patch.

Development of the tire took 18 months, during which Michelin tested almost 900 prototype tires and 800 pre-series tires. These were extensively tested by both Michelin test drivers and AMG’s engineers on a number of circuits, including Nardo (Italy), Nurburgring and Michelin’s own Ladoux test tracks near Clermont-Ferrand, France, the tire maker said.

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