While the big show stars in the Michelin Supercar Paddock attract spectators in their thousands over the weekend, Michelin’s own stand, on the other side of the track, has its fair share of impressive metal for visitors, which also provide a handy guide to tyres for track to street.
JUN 26th 2016
Michelin's Supercar Gathering
At the circuit end of the spectrum, Chris Hoy’s Ginetta-Nissan from the 2015 European Le Mans Series, in which he won the LMP3 title, sits on pure racing rubber.
Next up is the KTM X-Bow, a road-legal but very much track-biased car, from the Austrian motorcycle marque. This two-seat, mid-engined sports car comprises a carbon-fibre tub and a turbocharged, 2.0-litre TFSI engine from Audi. It sits on PilotSport GTs, an off-the-shelf tyre designed for the road, with track in mind.
Next along the stand you’ll find the Arash AF8, a 550bhp British supercar, with a dry-sumped, 7.0-litre Chevrolet V8, built in Newmarket, which sits on Pilot Super Sports, developed with Porsche, BMW M and Ferrari. These are the reverse of the GTs – they’re biased 80 per cent towards track, 20 per cent towards road. Technology comes from 15 consecutive Le Mans 24 Hour wins for Michelin.
Next up is a tuned BMW M3 from AC Schnitzer also sitting on Super Sports, and then, hanging from a wall, an Audi A4 wearing Pilot Sport 4 tyres, a compound that is born of Michelin's involvement with its road work in Formula E. The tyres have low rolling resistance and a similar tread pattern to the Formula E rubber.
Finally, revolving slowly for the crowd, is a concept from GreenGT, a company founded in 2008 by Jean-Francois Weber, which designs, develops and builds sustainable vehicle propulsion systems, with a focus on competition.
The H2 Speed concept, which sits on the Michelin stand, is a Pininfarina design for a hydrogen fuel cell car, and the quickest zero-emission car ever designed. Needless to say, it sits on entirely bespoke tyres.