Aston Martin Valkyrie to fit Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 as original equipment tyre
The Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar will roll on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres in 265/35ZR20 front and 325/30ZR21 rear sizes. Michelin said the tyre “blurs the line between motorsport and road tyres”, as the latest generation of road-legal track tyres designed for UHP cars that are used on road and track. The Valkyrie’s high-power, high-downforce, low-weight philosophy represents Aston Martin’s attempt to redefine the limits of road car performance, and will put “unprecedented demands on its tyres”.
The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 uses an innovative range of motorsport-derived technologies such as Bi-Compound technology, which involves the use of different rubber compounds on the inner and outer sections of the tread and Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0, which optimises pressure in the tyre’s contact patch so the same amount of rubber is always in contact with the road or track. As a result the tyre offers balanced safety and performance characteristics, Michelin says, the development of which fits within its “Total Performance” strategy.
Compared to its predecessor, the Pilot Sport Cup+, Michelin says internal testing shows the Pilot Sport Cup 2 lasts up to 50 per cent longer on track while offering faster lap times, improves resistance to aquaplaning in wet weather and maintains high levels of driver safety and enjoyment.