Michelin has unveiled an all-new wet weather tire, it says has been developed using technologies and knowledge garnered from competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). As a result, the new tire is claimed to be suitable for a wide range of competition cars, from touring cars and smaller prototypes through to both LMP3 and GT machinery.
The Pilot Sport GT P2L will be sold in nine different sizes, ranging from 15 to 19″, and features a new symmetrical tread pattern, which Michelin states it has honed in the FIA WEC, as well as featuring the ‘latest-generation construction’. The French manufacturer states that these revisions deliver improved lap times on a drying track surface, in comparison to its predecessor, the P2G.
Michelin also states that the design similarities within Pilot Sport range; specifically between the GT L (slick) range and the new GT P2L’s, have been implemented to reduce the number of set-up adjustments required on the car when switching between slick and wet weather tires.
“We are very excited by the idea of injecting a breath of fresh air into the rain tire sector. Indeed, this new product will enable us to offer our partners a significant step forward in terms of versatility,” says Philippe Mussati, manager of Michelin’s Customer Competition department.
To allow drivers to discover, and get to grips with this new tire in the presence of Michelin Motorsport engineers and technicians, the company will be holding a test session at Paul Ricard on March 6-7.