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Michelin wants to break all lap records with the new Pilot Sport Cup 2 R

French tyre manufacturer Michelin presents the Pilot Sport Cup 2 R, a semi-slick tyre designed to set new lap times, which is also road-legal.

The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R semi-slick tyre for the track and road

The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R will initially be available for the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and GT3 RS © Michelin

Finely-tuned by the best

In April, the Porsche GT3 RS set a lap time of under 7 minutes around the 20.6 km of the Nürburgring North loop (Nordschleife) in Germany. A performance made possible by Michelin and its custom-made Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.  Today, Michelin has unveiled its new Pilot Sport Cup 2 R, currently only available for Porsche 911 GT2 RS and GT3 RS owners before being approved by other car makers.

Exceptional performance

Michelin wants to offer experienced sports car drivers the best possible performances. Road-legal, the Pilot Sport Cup 2 R is mainly focused on the track, as the ”R” for “Racing” in its name suggests. Tests conducted on the Nardo circuit in Italy are conclusive. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R delivers 30% more power than the previous generation, saving an average of 0.5 seconds every kilometre around the track!

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R initially approved for Porsche

© Michelin

To achieve this, Michelin engineers have used a tread compound that improves grip, directly inspired from what is used for racing compounds. The tread pattern of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R has been specifically chosen for dry track conditions. Grooves on the outside part of the tyre have been reduced and the central grooves are straighter. According to the Clermont-Ferrand based tyre manufacturer, this stiffens the tyre so that it can withstand the additional grip while improving steering precision. Michelin says that the tyre’s surface contact area has increased by almost 10% allowing the Pilot Sport Cup 2 R to get the best out of ultra high performance vehicles.

Availability

The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R is now available in sizes 265/35 ZR20 (99Y) XLTL and 325/30 ZR21 (108Y) XLTL from the Porsche distribution network and will soon be available from other dealers.

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