Michelin, have launched the Michelin Pilot Sport4 tyres for the South African market. The new Michelin Pilot Sport4 , developed in partnership with some of the world’s most demanding car manufacturers, is one of the latest in a line of high-performance, safe and versatile tyres. The range will be available in the region through Michelin authorised distribution partners.
The new Michelin Pilot Sport4 is a game-changer when it comes to high-performance tyres and is built to satisfy high expectations of premium and sports car drivers who seeks pleasure and thrills.
Speaking about the new tyre, Gaganjot Singh, Commercial Director for Michelin Tyre Company South Africa said: “South Africa plays an important part in the Michelin Group’s global growth story and we are delighted to introduce the Michelin Pilot Sport4 to our customers locally.”
He added “The technological innovations in the ultra-responsive tread of this tyre come from Michelin Group’s longstanding experience in motor racing, especially Formula E. It constantly adapts to the road, thanks to mastery of dynamic interactions between the tyre architecture, tread pattern and materials, which results in optimal management of the contact patch.”
The new “Dynamic Response” technology consists of a belt with hybrid aramid and nylon reinforcement that ensures optimal directional control. With high density, extreme tension-resistant and particularly lightweight fibre (five times more resistant than steel), centrifugal force at high speeds is perfectly controlled and the tyre contact patch remains constant, even at high speed.
High performance is achieved through a new homogeneous tread compound mix including functional elastomers and silica. Functional elastomers improve load distribution within the rubber mix, reinforcing its action.
FIA Formula E based tread design and tread compounds ensure superior grip in dry conditions on straight highways as well as cornering/winding roads, leading to excellent dry handling and braking.
In addition to the tread compounding effect, wide and deep longitudinal grooves provide efficient drainage on wet roads, leading to superior wet safety.
The sidewall markings of most Michelin Pilot Sport sizes are designed using the ‘Premium Touch’ technology. This new innovation from Michelin produces a velvet effect, which brings out the letters and graphics
The tyre’s asymmetric design helps in superior handling and safety in addition to minimising audible noise for silent performance.
This tyre-line also features a strong casing which works as the skeleton of the tyre, leading to an overall robust performance of the tyre – a prerequisite for the South Africa market.
The new Michelin Pilot Sport4 will be available in 17 sizes, mainly in 17″ and 18″, in South Africa.