The history connecting Michelin and Mercedes-AMG is entering a new chapter. In order to reveal the potential of its hypercar, Mercedes-AMG chose Michelin to design a custom-made tyre for its AMG ONE. MICHELIN Pilot Sport CUP 2 R – MO1 was developed in conjunction with Michelin in partnership with the AMG teams to meet their requirements in terms of unique performance on both the track and the road. The tyre performance is more than just an imperative for this exceptional car. It is a determining feature of the search for safety, precision and driving pleasure, while being perfectly in line with the vehicle’s signature. Speed enthusiasts can also race against the clock thanks to a pure slick tyre designed for track use only.
“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.” Bertrand Fraenkel, Supersport OEM Tyre Development Manager
“In many respects, the Mercedes-AMG ONE is a very extreme vehicle with many technologies borrowed from top-level motorsport. It was therefore clear from the beginning of the development that it must also have the maximum performance for road approved tyres. That’s why we deliberately chose the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 R. This tyre combines a slick-like grip level with precise handling and a unique design. The sidewall features the silhouette of the Mercedes-AMG ONE and, of course, it also bears the MO1 marking – our rating for a tyre custom-made for the respective AMG vehicle.” Dirk Heldmann, Mercedes-AMG, Head of Tyre Development
An exclusive tyre with a very high level of grip and enhanced driving precision
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 CUP 2 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:
A hybrid belt made of aramid and nylon that ensures optimum transmission of drive inputs to the road;
A tyre structure that improves the tyre’s response to steering inputs and increases the sporty feeling;
An external shoulder reinforced with a special rubber that is highly resistant to abrasion for optimum endurance on the track;
A bi-compound technology: 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.
In addition to the road-legal tyre, there is also a fully slick tyre for the AMG ONE, comprising a mixture of specific rubbers for track driving. This solution is used by Michelin in car motorsports to create exceptional tyres. The mixture of hard rubbers adapts to the highest track temperatures in order to deliver consistent performance lap after lap.
The MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyre ultimately stands out for the refined aesthetics of its sidewalls, designed specifically for the AMG ONE. On the side of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 R – MO1, they sport an exclusive design based on the “Premium Touch Technology”: a “velvet effect” technology created by Michelin to highlight the sporty silhouette of the Mercedes-AMG ONE. The “MO 1” shown on the tyres serves as a signature for this exclusive tyre.
The sidewall of the pure 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” diameters.
This new MICHELIN Pilot Sport CUP 2 R tyre reflects a renewed partnership and trust. It will be fitted to all 275 exceptional vehicles and will only be manufactured in Clermont-Ferrand, France.