Tire manufacturer Michelin has been confirmed as the latest technical partner to join the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar program. Founded in 1889, Michelin – one of the largest tire companies in the world – has been at the forefront of tire development for almost 130 years.
A world renowned brand with an enviable reputation, Michelin has vast experience in both the road car and competition car arenas. Winning success in Formula One, the World Endurance Championship, World Rally Championship and MotoGP has seen Michelin engineers push the limits of tire design: experience that has driven the development of Michelin’s high-performance road tires and helped forge a tremendous reputation amongst the world’s supercar owners.
With its high-power, high-downforce, low-weight philosophy the Aston Martin Valkyrie promises to redefine the limits of road car performance. With many owners certain to explore these limits on a race track, the Aston Martin Valkyrie will put unprecedented demands on its tyres. Though still in the early stages of development, Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies can confirm the hypercar will run on Michelin’s Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres: 265/35 ZR20 at the front; 325/30 ZR21 at the rear. They will be mounted to lightweight magnesium alloy wheels (20 x 9.5J front, 21 x 11.5J rear) featuring race-specification centre-lock nuts to further reduce unsprung mass.
Michelin join a world-class collective including engine builders Cosworth, transmission experts Ricardo, carbon fiber structure specialists Mutimatic, leaders in hybrid battery technology Rimac, brake system suppliers Alcon and Surface Transforms, electronics giant Bosch and lighting experts Wipac.
Aston Martin Valkyrie Story:
The Aston Martin Valkyrie (also called through its code-names as AM-RB 001 and Nebula) is an upcoming production sports car collaboratively built by Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing and several other manufacturers.
The sports car is a product of collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing to create a car entirely usable and enjoyable as a road car. The car's makers claim the title of fastest street-legal car in the world for it. Its design was helped by Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing's Chief Technical Officer and the world's most successful F1 designer.
Its main competitors will be the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the McLaren BP23, and an unnamed sports car by Audi.