Michelin has launched its first tire designed to meet the specific demands of electric sports cars. Starting April 1, the new Pilot Sport EV design with imported Formula E technology will be available with several specific features.
The new Michelin Pilot Sport EV benefits directly from the French brand’s progress over six seasons in Formula E.
This new rubber incorporates ElectricGrip Compound technology that features a hard compound for the center of the tread, which provides the grip needed to withstand electric sports cars’ high torque characteristics.
The sidewalls use the same pattern, plus velvety finish markings just like those used in Formula E.
The Michelin Pilot Sport EV is now available in China and available on vehicles made in Europe and North America from the third quarter of 2021.
By 2024, Michelin plans to increase its sales in the electric car market with a high growth that they estimate will be eight-fold.
The French manufacturer is currently the only active market for electric sports car tires in both original and replacement equipment.
The Michelin Pilot Sport EV that will arrive in a few months will be manufactured in 16 sizes (original equipment: 11 sizes/aftermarket: 5 sizes), being available for wheels from 18 to 22 inches.
To achieve carbon neutrality throughout your tire’s life and address the demands of electric sports car owners, Michelin is committed to neutralizing the CO2 emissions associated with the tire’s production and transport to its point of sale.
This process includes financing projects to offset and absorb residual CO2 emissions associated with tire production through the Livelihoods carbon fund until the day comes when they can be completely phased out.
Pilot Sport EV key features are as follows:
-The optimum grip on dry and wet roads, regardless of the level of tire wear. All this is taking into account the higher weight characteristics and weight distribution associated with electric sports cars.
-Excellent wear resistance in response to the high torque and acceleration forces of electric sports cars.
-The low rolling resistance of the Michelin Pilot Sport EV extends the range up to 60 km.
-20% reduction in perceptible road noise thanks to Michelin AcousticTM technology. This technology uses a custom-developed polyurethane foam, which manages to reduce noise in the passenger compartment.