New Alpine A110 equipped with MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 tires
At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Alpine presented its new A110 First Edition fitted with MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 tires in 205/40 ZR 18 front and 235/40 ZR 18 rear sizes and following this, all 1,955 production models will also be exclusively equipped with these tires.
When designing the tires, Michelin’s engineers had to ensure that the tires complemented the character of the car. To achieve this, the extensive development process took place over two years and more than 3,000 kilometres were driven on tracks including the Michelin Technology Center in Ladoux, Charade Circuit in France and at Idiada in Spain.
Commenting on the tire, Pierre Chaput, Michelin Tire Developer said: ‘The demands of Alpine’s engineers prompted us to develop very high-technology tires which were perfectly adapted to the character of their new car. This meant that we had to combine a high level of sportiness in extreme driving conditions with agility of the vehicle when driven on a daily basis’.
The result of this development was a special version of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 which features a bespoke high-performance tread rubber compound along with a specially designed aramid belt. However, these elements do not involve any compromises in the other performance characteristics of the tires as they have been graded A in wet grip and C in rolling resistance under the EU tire labelling programme – a prime example of Michelin’s Total Performance strategy.
In addition, the tire has a refined and premium look due to the use of Premium Touch effect markings on the sidewall.
Michelin and Alpine have enjoyed a fruitful collaboration over many years. This relationship has been punctuated by numerous motor sport victories with the highlight being victory in the World Rally Championship in 1973.