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Michelin Tyres Enhance Safety, Handlingand Energy Efficiency of the Porsche Panamera Without Sacrificing Performance in Other Areas


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STOKE-ON-TRENT, UNITED KINGDOM – April 29, 2009: A forthcoming addition to the world of high performance cars, the all-new Porsche Panamera will be equipped with specially designed Michelin Pilot Sport and Pilot Alpin tyres. Michelin has used its extensive technological skills to provide Porsche’s four-door GT with optimum grip on wet or dry roads and in hot or cold weather.

In addition to meeting the highest safety standards, Michelin’s summer and winter tyres also respond to Porsche’s requirements with regard to handling, comfort and energy efficiency. The Pilot Sport and Pilot Alpin deliver in these respects, helping to reduce fuel consumption – and therefore CO2 emissions – while also enhancing the car’s sporty handling.

Michelin’s innovation capabilities are rooted in its ability to simultaneously improve different areas of tyre performance. The high technologies, know-how, understanding of materials, and manufacturing expertise allow to us to combine these seemingly irreconcilable qualities. The Pilot Sport and Pilot Alpin tyres have met this challenge by reducing the vehicle’s environmental impact while also delivering incomparable handling and superior safety performance.

Michelin’s approach is aligned with the goal set by Porsche when defining the new Panamera – to create the first car that combines outstanding dynamic qualities and the highest levels of driver and passenger comfort.

This success is based on close cooperation between Porsche and Michelin teams. The three-year project that led to the two tyres’ certification reflects Michelin’s ability to meet Porsche’s very high expectations. The Pilot Sport was subject to 90-minute tests at speeds of more than 300 km/h, with a 20-minute burst at 350 km/h. Michelin’s dedicated high-performance tyre technical teams produced more than 2,000 prototypes of the summer tyre and 1,000 for the winter tyre. Testing was conducted at different locations around the world notably at temperatures as low as -25C to test winter tyre rubber compounds.

The new Porsche Panamera, equipped with Michelin summer and winter tyres, clearly demonstrates the shared commitment to exceptional performance that underpins the partnership between Michelin and Porsche.