Michelin to equip the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

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Michelin has announced that its Cup N2 slick racing tyres will be fitted as original equipment to all of the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars.

The Cup N2 tyres were designed specifically for Porsche and they have been used successfully at the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Porsche Carrera Cup and GT3 Cup Challenge race series around the world.

Michelin states that its test drivers and engineers worked very closely with Porsche when developing the tire to ensure it has high levels of durability with good traction and braking performance throughout a race distance, whilst also having a very neutral front/rear balance for a better drivability. The tires also display strong lateral grip for driver confidence and higher corner speed and have a wide operating window to suit all tracks and all race conditions.

Based on the latest tyre technology developed in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Michelin Cup N2 uses Michelin’s Dualtech technology which comprises a hybrid Kevlar summit area and a specific casing design with optimised rigidity levels to ensure high speed, safety and consistent handling characteristics which are tuned to the car.

For wet conditions the new Pilot Sport GT P2L rain tyre, which was launched earlier in 2016, is available to competitors. Both the tread pattern and casing were developed to provide the best levels of grip and durability, from damp to full wet conditions, and across a wide operating range of temperatures.

Due to the use of innovative technology developed in the WEC – a new tread combined with a latest-generation casing – the Pilot Sport GT P2L greatly improves performance on drying tracks compared to its predecessor, the P2G, while retaining high performance levels in very wet conditions. The tyre sizes fitted to the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup are 27/65-18 front and 31/71-18 rear

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