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Mercedes-AMG One gets bespoke Michelin tyre

Michelin has developed a bespoke tyre for the Mercedes-AMG One, the German brand’s new hypercar. It will be fitted to all 275 vehicles and will only be manufactured in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 R – MO1 was developed in partnership with the AMG teams to meet their requirements in terms of unique performance on both the track and the road.

“Michelin and AMG began the collaboration very early on this project. The two teams worked together throughout the program. These discussions allowed Michelin to design a specific, extremely high-performance tyre allowing the potential of this exceptional vehicle to be exploited,” explained Bertrand Fraenkel, Supersport OEM tyre development manager.

Michelin’s Pilot Sport Cup2 R – MO1 combines a slick-like grip level with precise handling and a unique design. The sidewall features the silhouette of the Mercedes-AMG One and it also bears the MO1 marking – Michelin’s rating for a tyre custom-made for the respective AMG vehicle.

The choice of rubber compounds that stem from motorsport offers both a very high level of grip and wear resistance to go even further on the track. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 R – MO1 benefits from a rubber compound that has been coupled with a specific bead zone developed for the AMG One in order to offer a driving pleasure that is unique on the track thanks to a very high level of grip, excellent stability at high speeds, faster cornering and extremely high traction and balance on corner exit, so as to be able to enjoy all the vehicle’s power.

This tyre also called on the latest technologies developed by Michelin. It features a hybrid belt made of aramid and nylon that ensures optimum transmission of drive inputs to the road; a tyre structure that improves its response to steering inputs and increases the sporty feeling; and an external shoulder reinforced with a special rubber that is highly resistant to abrasion for optimum endurance on the track.

The tyre has also adopted a bi-compound technology. This is described as a specific rubber compound on the outer shoulder which is perfectly suited to providing maximum grip on dry ground in tight corners, and a more rigid elastomer on the inner side in order to offer a requirement essential to AMG, driving precision on both the track and the road.

As for the slick tyre, this is made from a mixture of specific rubbers for track driving. This solution is used by Michelin in car motorsports in order to create exceptional tyres. This mixture of hard rubbers adapts to the highest track temperatures in order to guarantee consistent performance lap after lap.

The sidewall of the slick tyre borrows the official Michelin Motorsport colours. The slick tyre also has a specific and unique design for this car, bearing the silhouette. This tyre in a brand-new size specifically for the AMG One is available in 19 and 20 inch diameters.