In the world of hypercars, more and more companies are aiming to be the first to break the top speed of 482 km/h (300 mph) for a production car. Theoretically, Hennessey, Bugatti, and Koenigsegg all have cars that capable of doing just that. However, the only thing limiting them would be tire technology. Michelin however, could soon be changing that.
Eric Schmedding, Michelin’s product manager for original equipment recently told Bloomberg that they are already working on tires capable of reaching 482 km/h. "It’s a big game, with fierce competition, and it’s very fast-moving," said Schmedding. Michelin, which is based in France, has already made the record breaking tires used by Koenigsegg and Bugatti.
As for pure engine power, it is safe to assume that these vehicles have a lot of it with most packing around 1,200 PS or more. The rest of it comes down to downforce, and friction of tires meeting the road. The last thing anyone would want is for the tires to go the wrong way or direction while doing 400 km/h or more.
Because the record is awarded after taking the average speed of several runs, the tires must also be able to withstand high speeds for some time. The tires would have to be able to mitigate heat, pressure and wear as well. “We are knocking on the door of 300 mph,” added Schmedding.
With Michelin close to developing tires capable of 482 km/h, who do you bet on reaching and possibly breaking it first?