Michelin and Porsche have worked together on the development of tyres for the German brand’s production models and race cars as close technical partners for more than 20 years. The international racing championships organised by Porsche to showcase its flagship model, the 911, have long served as a valuable proving ground for Michelin which has been involved in the different Porsche Cups from the outset.
Porsche recently took the wraps of its new 911 GT3 Cup (992), a car reserved for its single-make championships and for which Michelin has developed a specific tyre, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup N3.
The new MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup N3 combines superior grip and consistency with longer life, and is the fruit of a joint development process that saw Michelin and Porsche test at five different circuits to cover a wide variety of track configurations. To confirm its unprecedented versatility, the new Michelin slick was put through its paces over a distance of some 10,000 kilometres across a broad spectrum of temperatures and weather conditions.
The front MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup N3 features a new size (30/65-18) and provides 10 percent additional lateral grip compared with its predecessor (the N2), while the rear tyre (31/71-18, same size as that used in endurance racing and for the Le Mans 24 Hours) is 0.9kg lighter. These improvements are notably the result of work on the contact patch, the size of which has been increased thanks to a reinforced architecture and the use of new, more resilient materials.
The MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup N3’s sidewalls feature Michelin Motorsport’s new branding and the new tyre will be available from February 2021. It is made at Michelin’s Gravanches plant, in Clermont-Ferrand, France, a ZERO Emissions facility powered exclusively using renewable energy.
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