Michelin’s new Pilot Sport 4 tyre has won the Auto Express Ultimate Tyre Test “by a clear margin.”
Testers from the publication said: “There’s a liveliness to the steering that makes most rivals seem soft and spongy.” They continued: “It starred in the braking tests, making rivals look ordinary in the wet. There was also a clear margin in the dry.”
The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 was up against eight competitor tyres from manufacturers including Continental, Pirelli, Dunlop, Goodyear and Hankook.
Many of the technologies incorporated in the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 were developed from the manufacturer’s involvement in Formula E – the world’s first electric single-seater race series.
Rebeca Nieto, Michelin’s Commercial Director for Car, Van and 4 x 4 in the UK and Ireland, said: “The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 is testament to our track to street philosophy. We got involved with Formula E at its inception because we knew we would learn so much in a very short space of time.
“The series uses a tyre size that relates to on-the-road cars and it takes place on real roads with potholes, rough surfaces, grids, surface paint and everything else motorists are faced with every day.
“Not only that, the tyre has to be able to handle high performance in both the wet and the dry, it has to be extremely durable and it has to be very efficient to prolong battery life.
“We’re very proud that the exceptional performance of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 has been recognised by the Auto Express testers.”
The ultra-responsive tread on the Michelin Pilot Pilot Sport 4 constantly adapts to the road thanks to the interaction between architecture, tread pattern and compound – creating the optimal contact patch at all times.
New Dynamic Response technology consists of a belt with hybrid aramid and nylon reinforcement that ensures optimal directional control.
Meanwhile a new very homogeneous compound mix features functional elastomers to improve the distribution of fine silica, enhancing wet braking, while water evacuation is maximised with deep, wide longitudinal grooves. The new mixture also improves the tyre’s longevity and fuel efficiency.
The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 is available in 22 of the most popular tyre sizes.
For more information: www.michelin.co.uk