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New Porsche 911 rides on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires

New Porsche 911 rides on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires
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Porsche AG equipped the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS, as well as all other Porsche cars, with the latest Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 ultra-high performance tires. During the launch of the just released Porsche 911 model, the company announced that the 911 GT3 RS would run on 265/35 ZR20 (front) and 325/30 (rear) tires.

Blurring the line between motorsport and road tires, the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 is the latest generation of road-legal track tires that are specially designed for ultra-high performance cars used on both the road and the track. Porsche also fitted the Pilot Sport Cup 2 as an original equipment on other recent models, including the 918 Spyder and the Cayman GT4.

The co-development of these tires began with the ones that are fitted to the 918 Spyder. The tires were then developed and fine-tuned to suit the characteristics demanded by Porsche engineers for the track-focused GT3 RS.

Using tire sizes that are larger than those fitted to the GT3 means that the size of the contact patch of the tires is increased by 20 percent at the front and 18 percent at the rear. Overall, it increases the outright grip levels and contributes to the car’s more track-focused dynamic handling.

Due to an innovative range of motorsport-derived technologies, the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 offers drivers a unqiue balance between safety and driving enjoyment, making it suitable for everyday road use as well as the racetrack’s demanding conditions. The Pilot Sport Cup 2 features the Bi-Compound technology, which made use of different rubber compounds on the inner and outer sections of the tread, and the Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0, which optimizes pressure in the tire’s contact patch to ensure that the same amount of rubber is always in contact with the road or track, whether driving in a straight line or cornering.

Compared to its predecessor, the Pilot Sport Cup+, the Pilot Sport Cup 2 lasts up to 50 percent longer on the track while offering faster lap times (based on internal Michelin tests), improving resistance to aquaplaning in wet weather, and maintaining high levels of driver safety and enjoyment.

To ensure the GT3 RS is prepared for difficult winter driving conditions, Michelin is the sole supplier of the Porsche-approved winter tire fitment for the car: the 245/35R20 91V XLTL Pilot Alpin 4 N0 and the 315/35R20 110V XLTL Pilot Alpin 4 N0.

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