Michelin will supply the Pilot Sport Cup 2 N1 as original equipment for 80 per cent of 2017 Porsche 911 GT3s
Four in every five new Porsche 911 GT3s will be fitted with specially-developed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 N1 ultra-high-performance tyres, in 245/35 ZR20 front and 305/30 ZR20 rear sizes. The road-legal track tyre is a specially modified version developed as part of the ongoing technical partnership of the German car maker and Michelin – designated by the N1 marking. Compared to its N0 marked predecessor, Michelin says the Pilot Sport Cup 2 N1 offers improved lap times and stability, as well as more sporty handling. The new 911 GT3 was launched by Porsche at the Geneva Motor Show.
Michelin adds that the co-development of these tyres took two and a half years. During this period, the tyres were developed and fine-tuned to suit the characteristics demanded by Porsche engineers for the new 911 GT3. This resulted in tyres which offer very high grip levels, consistent performance and excellent front/rear balance, while still conforming to European regulations concerning rolling resistance. This extensive development process led to the production and testing of around 350 prototype tyres and included intensive track testing at Michelin’s Ladoux test centre in France, and the Nürburgring and Nardo tracks in Germany and Italy.
Michelin has derived a number of technologies from its motorsport activities for the tyre, including multi-compound technology, where different rubber compounds are used on the inner and outer sections of the tread to ensure high and consistent grip levels in a variety of weather conditions. Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0 is also used to optimise the pressure in the tyre’s contact patch. This means the same amount of rubber is always in contact with the road or track, whether driving in a straight line or cornering, improving the regularity of wear and longevity of the tyre.
Porsche also fits the tyre as original equipment fitment on the 918 Spyder, Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3 RS.