Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 – World’s Fastest Car Tyre15 Sep 2020
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 is officially the fastest car tyre in the world! A Bugatti Chiron fitted with the Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres managed to reach the top speed of 490.484km/h (independently verified) to set the new world record for the highest-speed reached with street-legal tyres.
Exclusive BG tyre marking
While these tyres are classed as street-legal and similar to regular OE tyres, it wasn’t just a set that you get at your local tyre shop. They came with “BG” marking on the sidewall, meaning these tyres can only be fitted to a Bugatti vehicle. The difference between the regular Pilot Sport Cup 2 and these “BG” rated tyres is that the casing belts of the tyres used on the record-breaking Chiron were reinforced. Specifically to handle the 5,300kg which the tyres must face at these extremely high speeds.
Space Shuttle Testing Facility
The specific Bugatti Chiron Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres were designed and produced in Michelin’s technology centre in Ladoux, France. But the testing was done in Charlotte, SC, USA – and you would would never guess why! In order to test these tyres at the speeds that the Bugatti Chiron is capable of, Michelin used a testing machine which was developed to test the Space Shuttle tyres. It can test at up to 510km/h.
Comment from Michelin
When commenting on the new record, Pierre Chandezon, the team leader Michelin’s Bugatti tyre design team (yes, they have a team to make tyres for Bugatti cars) said;
“Michelin is very proud to have been an integral part of this record and it is the fruit of the relationship between us and Bugatti which stretches back almost 20 years. With this in mind, it was the trust built up over this time that gave Bugatti the confidence to allow Michelin to develop the sole original equipment fitment tyres for the Chiron.”
Speed & Comfort
While the main focus is placed on to their extraordinary speed capability, these tyres also ensure the highest safety level. The MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres add to the comfort of the car on the road so Bugatti Chiron owners can enjoy this prestigious supercar in all driving conditions.
These were the measurements of tyres used during the record-breaking testing:
Front size: 285/30 R20 (99Y) MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2
Rear size: 355/25 R21 (107Y) MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2
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