The Pilot Sport Cup 2 is Michelin’s Streetable Track & Competition tire originally developed for Original Equipment use on the Ferrari 458 Speciale, Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Black Series and Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid super sports car. Designed to provide faster circuit times and consistent performance lap after lap, the Pilot Sport Cup 2 allows these supercars to achieve their full potential in dry conditions.

WARNING: Pilot Sport Cup 2 radials meet DOT requirements; however, they are not recommended for driving in wet conditions where standing water is present and there is the risk of hydroplaning; drivers should drive cautiously at reduced speeds if they encounter these conditions. This is especially true of shaved or worn tires. And like other Streetable Track & Competition tires, these tires are not intended to be stored, serviced nor driven in near- or below freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.

The Pilot Sport Cup 2’s tread molds Michelin’s Bi-Compound technology into an asymmetric design. Bi-Compound technology features different rubber compounds on the tread’s outboard and inboard regions. Massive outboard shoulders feature a tread rubber whose hardness has been specially designed to deliver maximum adherence and outstanding dry grip on curves, especially on tight corners. Notched center ribs and an inboard shoulder use tread rubber featuring a more rigid elastomer to ensure precision steering.

Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires feature MICHELIN® Variable Contact Patch 3.0, an innovation evolved from the Variable Contact Patch 2.0 technology integrated into Pilot Super Sport and Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires. Variable Contact Patch 3.0 maximizes the contact patch size and optimizes its footprint pressure so that more rubber remains in contact with the track when cornering, thereby ensuring superior grip in curves and tight corners.

The tire’s internal structure features twin steel belts reinforced by spirally wound Twaron cord. Twaron is a polyamide cord that offers a lightweight, high-strength reinforcement above the steel belts to enhance high-speed durability, handling and wear. MICHELIN® FAZ Technology (Filament At Zero degrees) winds the Twaron cord around the tire circumference, much the same way fishing line is wound onto fishing reels, to allow Michelin engineers to tune tension and strength. The Twaron is applied with variable tension between the shoulders and the center of the tire, and is tightened so firmly that it literally locks the tire structure into a practically inelastic belt. As a result, the tire’s footprint remains constant and centrifugal force is effectively controlled, even at very high speeds.

MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport Cup 2 features a polyester casing that combines ride comfort with responsive handling. Its bead region is 10% wider than that of traditional sports tires and is strengthened with a high modulus rubber compound that increases the tire’s lateral stiffness and delivers sporty responsiveness, as well as precision steering.

A special mold tooling process has led to the development of MICHELIN® Premium Touch Technology, a process that has made it possible to create more contrast on sections of the outer sidewall using micro-geometry techniques that absorb light. The geometry of the texture permits variable contrast to create shades of black that have the feel of velvet.

6 COMMENTS

  1. If you’re using your car mainly for track they use figure 3 track days max ….after that you see a significant drop off in lap times

  2. Best set of tires i ever owned. Car was the burn out king with the stock set of summer tires and now its not. Excellant cornering ability for a big heavy car. Sticks to the road. Wet traction is unbelievable. Everyone said that I’d be lucky to get 5000 miles out of these and i have 17000 miles on them and i have alittle more tread life to go. Running 38 psi for more stability . You’d have to be insane to out any tire other than these on…

  3. Squeezed out 2 years and 20K miles on these things with a few track days and driving to / from Florida to end of Nova Scotia on road trips with these things. Plenty of tread left on the fronts and approaching the wear bars in the rear. The tire place was shocked I was changing them out already given how expensive they were but I didn’t trust the rears for another driving season if I get caught in any rain.Thought about going with the new Pilot Sport 4’s but decided to stick with the OEM for the GT4 and just got all 4 corners mounted this week.I’m sure if you do 10 track days a year or donuts in a parking lot these would wear out faster but frankly I’m shocked at how long they lasted for me. I was expecting under 8K miles.

  4. I only track my GT-R, so I’m not looking for mileage. The car itself only gets between 2.8 and 3.5 MPG. I bought a full set for the Chin Track Days at Sebring in Jan 2018 and swapped them with Pirelli Corsas based on weather throughout the weekend. Total heat cycles at Sebring: 3 sessions. Next, on the Rolex 24 course in April at Daytona, the rears were showing signs of tread wear. I only ran it for one session, starting out with 26 PSI. It took two laps to warm them up, but the car ended up doing 194 MPH across the start finish line before braking for the infield at Turn 1. I wish I had used them earlier there.At Watkins Glen, the wear bars were showing on the rear while the fronts looked hardly used. I originally had started with my Corsas there since it was supposed to rain. I could never get the tire pressure and spring rates dialed in and was very uncomfortable with them. It didn’t rain on Day 1 so I switched to the Michelin Cup 2s. The car ran much better. The was less lateral slippage. Track temp was 137F, so we had great grip. On Day 2, I decided to take a chance and run the Cup 2s on a semi-dry surface. The track was beginning to dry after a night of rain and the temperature had dropped to 94. I couldn’t run my line perfectly in order to stay on the dry sections, but the tires behaved very well even with the wear bars showing straight across. I took it easy through the turns and was carefully applied more throttle after the apexes. I haven’t reached my personal bests with these Cup 2s, but it’s because this is my first set and it will take me some time to fully trust them. Once I know where the limits are, I’ll be able to drive harder into the turns and apply more throttle coming out.I’m about to buy another set of rears for Sebring in October. Also looking at the new 20″ Hoosier R7s. My brake rotors and calipers *just* fit inside the 20″ rim, so 19″ rims are out of the question & it’s nice to see Hoosier is now available.

  5. I track my cars heavily and on the ZL1 the stock tires only lasted 5k and I hadn’t tracked it but felt like they were sticky even on cold tires. Didn’t like that they didn’t last long without tracking it so tried some super sports. Those were good tires and last long but I needed more. That 4K car understears heavy on the track once I started going to TDEs once a month I tried the cups 2s and fell in love. Car got totaled (sad) and then got to a completely different car, 981 Cayman GTS (most fun you can have in a car at all times). Bought it used and came with some P Zeros pz4 (something like that) which I actually really liked, even on the track, but still like to be real sticky on the front so I tried out some trofeos (front only). I am now needing to replace the rears, got a few screws in them, but wasn’t planning on changing them because I push them real hard and like to be on the edge of traction on a curve and was having fun but when I saw the cup 2s were available for the rear, I had to try them out. So now I’ll be able to compare them on a light lower HP car with better handling.I hardly write reviews but when I saw the cup 2s had only 3.5 stars I had to do them justice. I didn’t even read the other reviews because I’m guessing they are rating on lame parameters and are just bitter and entitled and/or old Porsche owners who drive their car once a year and —- at drving :).In regards to wet rating of 3 is because I never pushed it in these because they slip easy and I drive the car solely to have fun, everywhere.It is nice when I want to drift every left and right turn but don’t really need assistance with 600 HP.

  6. These are my track tires. Instructor for Porsche NA and BMW. 8 days, minimum 3 sessions per day. 5/32″ remaining. Documented 1.3g turns. These tires work in the rain and dry.

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