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Old 01-22-2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP technical and Corvette Stingray C7 tire size info

The tire sizes for the 2014 Corvette models are:

P245/40ZR18 (93Y) SL Michelin« Pilot« Super Sport« ZP
P285/35ZR19 (99Y) SL Michelin« Pilot« Super Sport« ZP

2014 Chevrolet Corvette with Z51 Performance Package
P245/35ZR19 (89Y) SL Michelin« Pilot« Super Sport« ZP
P285/30ZR20 (95Y) SL Michelin« Pilot« Super Sport« ZP



Michelin, the world’s leading tire manufacturer, marks a milestone at the 2013 North American International Auto Show with the announcement that, for the first time, MICHELIN« tires are the exclusive original equipment tire on the complete line-up of 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray models.

All 2014 Corvette Stingrays will come equipped with the MICHELIN« Pilot« Super Sport« ZP tire, an ultra-high performance tire that was co-developed by Michelin and Corvette through a relationship that began on the racetracks of the American Le Mans Series.

Being selected as the fitment on the 2014 Corvette Stingray marks a significant achievement for Michelin after the tire giant also gained tire fitments for the 2009 Corvette ZR1 and 2011 Corvette Z06.

“The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport ZP tire exemplifies Michelin’s commitment to innovation and our aim to deliver the best possible performances in every tire we make,” said John Moloney, vice president of original equipment marketing at Michelin North America. “The proof is in the performance; owners of the 2014 Corvette Stingray will enjoy a tire that is tuned specifically for their vehicle and delivers the road-handling, grip, cornering ability and progressivity of drive they expect.”

Michelin earned the opportunity to outfit the 2014 Corvette Stingray and then worked closely with the Corvette vehicle development team to design and engineer a tire that matches the vehicle performance. During the vehicle development process, Michelin performed more than 12,000 hours in tire design using state-of-the-art computer tire modeling and completing thousands of miles of subjective test driving. Harnessing its full arsenal of experience and technology, the company developed two MICHELIN Pilot« Super Sport« ZP tires unique to the Corvette Stingray, one for the standard car and another for the Corvette Stingray with Z51 Performance Package.

The MICHELIN Pilot« Super Sport« ZP summer tire technical advancements include:
•Michelin’s most innovative ultra-high performance technology, including advances in the tread compound adapted for improved levels of both dry and wet grip.
•Footprint shape designed by sophisticated computer modeling and analytic tools traditionally used to predict the stresses occurring in racing tires. This is the first time these tools have been used to achieve higher performance in a street tire.
•A new, advanced Aramid cap ply specially tuned for optimum contact patch control for high speed and high performance tire handling and wear life.
•A new specially adapted internal rubber compound to reduce rolling resistance and maximize overall vehicle fuel economy without compromising other performances.
•Asymmetric run-flat inserts and carcass configuration are designed to broaden and emphasize a range of tire performances by focusing distinct functions to the appropriate sidewall.

“When given the opportunity to develop a tire for the breakthrough next-generation Corvette, we knew we had to bring the best technology Michelin had to offer,” said Lee Willard, lead Michelin technical engineer for the Corvette project. “The MICHELIN Pilot« Super Sport« ZP tire represents a significant advancement in what is possible for an ultra-high performance tire."

The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport ZP tire for the Corvette Stingray with Z51 Performance Package is different from the tire found on the Corvette Stingray. Because the Z51 Performance Package takes the Corvette Stingray to a more aggressive level of performance, Michelin was tasked with designing a version of the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport ZP tire to Corvette’s specifications.

The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport ZP tire delivered as original equipment for the Z51 Performance Package is aggressively tuned to provide outstanding handling and grip and road-holding capability. The design was derived from a combination of technologies found on the MICHELIN Pilot« Sport Cup ZP tire that helped the 2012 Corvette ZR1 post a 7:19.6 NŘrburgring lap time and from the significant gains from the development of the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tire.

The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport ZP tire also features the next-generation of racetrack-born tread compounds found in the record-setting Pilot Sport Cup ZP of the C6 ZR1 and Z06. Unlike the MICHELIN tire fitted to the standard 2014 Corvette Stingray, the Z51 tire features a custom dual-tread compound and pattern that achieves near-racing-slick grip and handling levels, while providing longer tread life and wet handling capabilities.

Like the tires found on the standard Corvette Stingray, advanced computer-modeling techniques used to design American Le Mans Series racing slicks were applied to the Z51 Performance Package tires. The process resulted in tire structure and contact patches optimized specifically for racetrack-critical tire performances.

The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport ZP tires are manufactured in Greenville, S.C., in state-of-the-art facilities specifically designed for high-performance, high-intensity tires.
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:28 PM   #2
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Gosh that's gorgeous.

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Old 01-22-2013, 04:16 PM   #4
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Michelin Press Release: http://michelinmedia.com/news/michel...ette-stingray/
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:22 PM   #6
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How do these wheels compare to the ZL1 wheels besides being smaller? Less sticky perhaps? Longer lasting? Cheaper?
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:39 PM   #9
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Yup. Don't despair... could be worst. R-compound Pirelli PZero Corsa's on a Boss LS is rated at 60! :sad: My stock ones are at 400; I don't have a LS.

Don't the 5th gen Camaro SS' have a rating of 220 AA on stock Pirellis?
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Yup. Don't despair... could be worst. R-compound Pirelli PZero Corsa's on a Boss LS is rated at 60! :sad: My stock ones are at 400; I don't have a LS.

Don't the 5th gen Camaro SS' have a rating of 220 AA on stock Pirellis?
Probably PZero's are horrible for treadwear. I don't think I'll ever buy them by choice.
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Yup. Don't despair... could be worst. R-compound Pirelli PZero Corsa's on a Boss LS is rated at 60! :sad: My stock ones are at 400; I don't have a LS.

Don't the 5th gen Camaro SS' have a rating of 220 AA on stock Pirellis?
First thing I would do would be save those Corsa's for track days.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:00 PM   #13
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We have been running the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on all of our builds for about a year now. To say the tire is incredible would be an understatement. I have two full track days and 5000 miles on a set and they seriously look brand new. The grip is incredible and the fact that they hold up is simply amazing. The stock pirellis on both the camaro and mustang were TERRIBLE! Grip was subpar and if you get 20,000 miles out of them it's AMAZING.
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We have been running the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on all of our builds for about a year now. To say the tire is incredible would be an understatement. I have two full track days and 5000 miles on a set and they seriously look brand new. The grip is incredible and the fact that they hold up is simply amazing. The stock pirellis on both the camaro and mustang were TERRIBLE! Grip was subpar and if you get 20,000 miles out of them it's AMAZING.

Wow that's amazing.




Your spot on with the pirellis. However after about 8k my rears are shot
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Your spot on with the pirellis. However after about 8k my rears are shot

Go with the Michelin super sport. You won't be sorry.
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Have they listed the what the wheel fitments are and what offsets it will take? I wonder if its changed from the C6 fitments? I cant wait to see one of these bad boys!
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We have been running the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on all of our builds for about a year now. To say the tire is incredible would be an understatement. I have two full track days and 5000 miles on a set and they seriously look brand new. The grip is incredible and the fact that they hold up is simply amazing. The stock pirellis on both the camaro and mustang were TERRIBLE! Grip was subpar and if you get 20,000 miles out of them it's AMAZING.
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I'll tell you a quick story about the Michelin Tire program. About 6 months ago I was having lunch with a gentlemen who runs the tier 2 supplier program at Michelin. We were talking about the Super Sport tire and how it was designed and why they decided to build it in the first place. The technology for this tire started with the Bugatti Veyron. Now the version of Super Sport that's most commonly available is not the same as the Veyron. The Veyron runs the Michelin Pax system. The Pax system was originally designed as the run flat system for Michelin. What they found when testing the Veyron was they needed the extra stiffness from the Pax system for the tire to hold up under the extreme speeds the Veyron was capable of.

Anyway back to the conversation. As we were discussing the Super Sport the topic at hand turned to the new Corvette. Michelin owns and operates it's own private track. Many manufacturers rent this track and use it for testing of prototype vehicles using Michelin tires. I asked very bluntly, "what does the new corvette look like and how does it perform". Obviously he could not answer this directly but what he did say told me a lot.
He smiled at me and said, "how are you liking those Super Sport tires on your car?"
I replied, " they're amazing!".
His response, "you haven't seen anything yet."

With all of that said, Michelin does not build economy priced tires. Their goal is to build the best tire they can with the technology available. Their goal is to build the best performance tire they can while giving you a lasting tire. Anyone can give you a 200 tread wear rating tire that's grippy. Over 300, that's a lot more tough. Michelin succeeds every time.

Hang on to your hat because the Stingray is going to blow people away!
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I'll tell you a quick story about the Michelin Tire program. About 6 months ago I was having lunch with a gentlemen who runs the tier 2 supplier program at Michelin. We were talking about the Super Sport tire and how it was designed and why they decided to build it in the first place. The technology for this tire started with the Bugatti Veyron. Now the version of Super Sport that's most commonly available is not the same as the Veyron. The Veyron runs the Michelin Pax system. The Pax system was originally designed as the run flat system for Michelin. What they found when testing the Veyron was they needed the extra stiffness from the Pax system for the tire to hold up under the extreme speeds the Veyron was capable of.

Anyway back to the conversation. As we were discussing the Super Sport the topic at hand turned to the new Corvette. Michelin owns and operates it's own private track. Many manufacturers rent this track and use it for testing of prototype vehicles using Michelin tires. I asked very bluntly, "what does the new corvette look like and how does it perform". Obviously he could not answer this directly but what he did say told me a lot.
He smiled at me and said, "how are you liking those Super Sport tires on your car?"
I replied, " they're amazing!".
His response, "you haven't seen anything yet."

With all of that said, Michelin does not build economy priced tires. Their goal is to build the best tire they can with the technology available. Their goal is to build the best performance tire they can while giving you a lasting tire. Anyone can give you a 200 tread wear rating tire that's grippy. Over 300, that's a lot more tough. Michelin succeeds every time.

Hang on to your hat because the Stingray is going to blow people away!
Great post, I don't fully understand why I've read so many people upset about the 285 width on the rear tires. To me if it can provide the same grip as a 305/315 wide tire with less rolling weight I say so be it, sign me up. I remember Car and Driver testing rolling weight and it's effect on a VW Golf and it was pretty profound.
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Great post, I don't fully understand why I've read so many people upset about the 285 width on the rear tires. To me if it can provide the same grip as a 305/315 wide tire with less rolling weight I say so be it, sign me up. I remember Car and Driver testing rolling weight and it's effect on a VW Golf and it was pretty profound.

Truth be told, Michelin tires run wider than almost every other manufacturer. Example: We run 295 width tires on the back of the Camaros we build. The actual section width measurment on this tire is 12.5 inches. When compared to the 315 from Nitto, that tire measures only 11inches.


So I fully expect the 285 to be measurable to the 305 from just about everyone else.
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Already blew me, and many of us here, away on 1/13/13 and the continuing revelations seen all over this forum! Can only imagine in real time...
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...the 315 from Nitto, that tire measures only 11inches.
Nittos are small, that's for sure.
I've seen a lot of 4th Gen Camaros & Firebirds with 315/35-17 Nittos mounted on 17x9 rims, and they're not too big at all. Very small cut tire.
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