Porsche 911 GT3 RS to run on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2

Friday, 12 June 2015 7:01:10 PM Australia/Sydney

The new 911 GT3 RSPilot Sport Cup 2, the latest generation of road-legal track tyres specially designed for ultra-high performance cars designed by Michelin, has bagged another high profile member to its elite list of cars after

  • Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Edition,
  • Ferrari 458 Speciale, and
  • Porsche 918 Spider.

This time it’s the new generation Porsche 911 GT3 RS, another Porsche in the list after 918 Spider.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

With the engine, when pushed to its limit, capable of delivering 500 HP of power at 8250 rpm, 0 - 100 km/h in 3.3 s, and the top speed of 310 km/h, Porsche 911 GT3 RS is definitely not short of a beast, a beast that requires the best tyres to carry it around.

That’s why Porsche for the 911 GT3 RS has chosen MICHELIN’s ultra-high performance tyre—Pilot Sport Cup 2, as the fitment for the launch.

The development

After the success of Pilot Sport Cup 2 on Porsche 918 Spider, Porsche were already considering Michelin for the new generation 911 GT3 RS. So the tyres fitted on the 918 Spyder were developed and tweaked to suit the physiognomies as mandated by Porsche engineers for the track-focused GT3 RS.

Pilot Sport Cup 2

Blurring the line between motorsport and road tyres, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 is designed to deliver the same performance on the track as well as road. Porsche’s confidence in this tyre’s performance is unmistakably demonstrated by the fact that it is being already used in some of the most successful Porsches: 918 Spyder, Cayman GT4 and, now, 911 GT3.

MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres offer 50% more laps and faster lap times thanks to technologies from Endurance Competition.

The Design and the modification for the 911 GT3 RS

The GT3, being principally a track car, the size of the tyre’s contact patch had to be increased. Michelin, on consultation with Porsche engineers, decided to increase the contact by 20% and 18% for the front and the rear tyres respectively. The overall increase in ground contact the outright grip levels increased substantially, improving the track-focused car’s dynamic handling characteristics.

MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres offer 50% more laps and faster lap times thanks to technologies from Endurance Competition even on a wet track.

The technology

4 technologies are behind the performance, success and looks of this tyre.

Bi-Compound Technology

  1. Distribution of two dissimilar compounds between the exterior and interior parts of the tyre treads.

Track Longevity technology

  1. Reinforced external shoulder for upgraded strength / track longevity ensures gentler wear of the tyre’s outer shoulder.

Deeper tread depth

  1. 20% deeper tread depth for fine grip in wet conditions.

MICHELIN velvet sidewall

  1. MICHELIN velvet sidewall gives the exceptional visual appearance of exceptional sport vehicle.
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