Event Coverage

May 3, 2017
 

Michelin Passion Days: Pilot Sport 4 S

Story: Chris Sommerville

The Experience: Michelin Passion Days

MICHELIN invited Tuned. to the Yas Marina F1 Grand Prix Circuit in Abu Dhabi to participate in the Passion Days media launch event of their latest ultra-high performance tyre – the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S.

The ‘hands on’ experience consisted of a range of astonishing driving activities – all in celebration of, or to demonstrate the abilities of the latest tyre to hit the MICHELIN range.


The day began behind the wheel of a Formula 4 car – weighing in just shy of 500KG and powered by a 180HP 4 cylinder engine, admittedly I was a bit cautious, hesitant & nervous initially – as I had never driven an open wheeled car, however after just the first lap I felt like a duck to water.

Buzzing from the fun of the Formula 4 cars, I then progressed to the dedicated tyre testing track and was swiftly greeted by a fleet of VW Golf R’s each fitted with a set of either, the hero of the day – the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S or the competitor’s equivalent – the Pirelli P-Zero Nero, allowing us to perform comparison testing.

The choice of competitor tyre further sparked my personal interest! As most of you would know, the Pirelli P-Zero Nero was my choice of rubber on my most recent Nissan Skyline R34 GTR V-Spec II, so I was already quite familiar with the tyres capabilities.

During my testing of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S, I found I was able to confidently throw the car into corners and plant it, whilst trusting the tyres would get the power to the ground and hook up perfectly – every time. The MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S felt extremely stable under heavy breaking and provided a well balanced, stable feel throughout the course whilst still providing plenty of comfortable feedback as to what was happening on the track underneath me.

I was then transported to another part of the track and placed in the drivers seat of a Renault Clio Cup – a ~225HP 1.6L turbo with a sequential 6 speed box, stripped, caged and extremely fun, all on a much more technical course than that of the Formula 4, it was an unbelievable feeling actually driving underneath part of the hotel I was staying in!

The day then concluded with hot laps in a track orientated Mclaren 650S GT3. I’m sure you all saw first hand how neck breaking, exhilarating & memorable this experience was from the live update stream on Facebook from inside the car, if you haven’t seen it just yet – check it out below!

A huge thanks to MICHELIN for selecting Tuned. as one of only a handful of Australian Media partners selected to participate in the Passion Days event for the Pilot Sport 4 S Launch – an experience of a life time!

Every Gesture Counts: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S is a new ultra-high performance tyre, designed specifically for high performance sport & exotic cars – a worthy replacement for MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport, which through quality reputation has been commonly regarded as the industry leading high performance tyre for OEM & replacement applications.

Not only does the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S offer the best of it’s predecessor’s features, it also proudly boasts additional enhancements identified as a result of learning’s from the famous MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup2 tyre.

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S is tailored for driving at the highest levels on both – the road and the track. The tyre features an optimized tread footprint which sticks to the road surface in all situations, ensuring maximum performance, exceptional steering precision & directional stability.

Utilizing construction methods & materials developed in competitions such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Formula E, FIA World Endurance Championship & The World Rally Championship – it’s set to be one of the most successful sports tyres ever designed by MICHELIN for the general public, for good reason!

The MICHELIN ‘Total Performance’ philosophy is to “advance simultaneously, several criteria on the same tire – whatever the technology challenge”. The application of this philosophy is clearly evident through the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S.

As a result of Bi-Compound Technology, the tyre displays outstanding grip and braking performance on both, wet and dry surfaces. The technical detail behind this ability is in the tread – the outer structure of the tread utilizes a hybrid compound which promotes grip on dry surfaces, whereas the inner structure of the tread consists of a new compound with silica and ‘functional elastomers’, enabling the tyre to provide consistent grip in the wet!

Aesthetically, like all of Michelin’s high-end tyres, the Pilot Sport 4 S uses ‘Michelin Premium Touch Design’ to provide the appearance of the ‘Velvet-like’ sidewall. Every gesture counts and in this instance it’s the genuine passion which brings MICHELIN’S excellence to life. There are countless gestures which all lead to the perfect driving moment – discover them all as part of the new MICHELIN video series.

Germany based independent organisation TÜV SÜD, conducted testing on the Pilot Sport 4 S and it surpassed it’s 5 major competitors in key performance areas, as documented below.

Dry braking: In the dry, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S only takes 33.66m to come to a complete stop from 100 KM / H, whereas the best of its direct competitors takes almost a full additional metre (+0,83m).

Wet braking: In the wet, 27.73m is enough for the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S to pull up to a complete stop from 80 KM / H. With almost 2.5M (+2,41m) shorter than the worst performer – the difference is night & day.

Lap Time: On a 2.6 km circuit, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S proved to be anywhere between 0.4 seconds and 1.39 seconds faster, per lap. In a relatively small distance – it’s almost a second quicker on average with a completely different driving experience. Watch Fast & Furious, listen to Dominic Toretto – “It doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile, winning’s winning”.

Longevity Wear: Tests for Longevity were performed by the Dekra Test Center and results demonstrated that the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S has the best longevity in it’s class.

In my own track testing of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S, I was able to confidently throw the car into corners and plant it, whilst trusting the tyres would get the power to the ground and hook up perfectly – every time.

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S felt extremely stable under heavy breaking and provided a well balanced, stable feel throughout the course whilst still providing plenty of comfortable feedback as to what was happening on the track underneath me. Without a doubt, I’ve already selected the next set of tyres for my own pride & joy.





 
 

 

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