Michelin’s Newest UHP Tire: the Pilot Sport All-Season 3+
At the North American International Auto Show, Michelin introduced the latest innovation from its Pilot family of performance tires: the Michelin Pilot Sport All-Season 3+ (A/S3+.) The tire launches in March and eventually will be available in 90 sizes.
The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3+ delivers all-season performance and incredible wet and dry braking. This latest addition to the Michelin Pilot Family is an evolution of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, transferring the best of high-performance racing technology into a street tire made for the roads and highways of North America.
Michelin says the Pilot Sport A/S3+ combines a unique tread design with enhanced compound technology to provide snow traction, dry grip and wet and dry braking.
"All-season tires are known for being effective for three seasons, and in regions with light-to-moderate winter weather,” says Scott Clark, chief operating officer of Michelin North America. “For those considering high performance all-season tires, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3+ is the best choice as it combines breakthrough levels of dry and wet grip while providing great snow traction for true all-season performance."
As a member of the Pilot family, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3+ benefits from Michelin’s heritage in endurance racing and the technological innovations that are part of the sport. The new tire features:
- Michelin’s Helio+ CompoundTM combined with unique biting edges in the tread grooves that grab loose snow to help acceleration and braking in winter conditions, resulting in confident mobility in cold and snow conditions.
- Variable Contact Patch 3.0, originally developed for Formula 1 endurance racing, which distributes the forces and temperatures more evenly over the contact patch. It is combined with an aggressive asymmetric tread pattern inspired by the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, simultaneously maximizing dry grip, wet grip and even wear.
- Extreme amounts of silica in the tread compound (derived from wet endurance race tire technology used at Le Mans) combined with variable thickness sipes and large circumferential grooves, resulting in wet grip and resistance to hydroplaning in deep water.
“With the Michelin Pilot Family of ultra-high performance tires, we continuously merge the lessons derived from our global motorsports victories with our uncompromising standards for quality and safety,” says Clark. “Installing a set of tires from the Michelin Pilot family is a simple way for driving enthusiasts to improve their vehicle’s performance.”
The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3+ tire is designed, engineered and manufactured in North America.
Michelin will offer a limited 45,000-mile warranty. The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3+ tire is backed by the Michelin Promise Plan, a comprehensive tire service package.
For more information, visit www.michelinman.com.