Performance Directly on the Road

Although tire development is part of new vehicle development—after all, the ride and handling of any vehicle is going to be significantly affected by that singular patch on the road surface (OK, there are four such patches, but you know what I mean)—generally an OEM talks about as much about its tire supplier as it does its seat supplier (and the tire supplier at least has the advantage of having its name visible on the product, while the typical seat supplier is effectively transparent). So it comes as a bit of a surprise to see this: Yes, that’s right, Michelin Bib in the company of a Ford Shelby.

Although tire development is part of new vehicle development—after all, the ride and handling of any vehicle is going to be significantly affected by that singular patch on the road surface (OK, there are four such patches, but you know what I mean)—generally an OEM talks about as much about its tire supplier as it does its seat supplier (and the tire supplier at least has the advantage of having its name visible on the product, while the typical seat supplier is effectively transparent).

So it comes as a bit of a surprise to see this:

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Yes, that’s right, Michelin Bib in the company of a Ford Shelby.

Ford and Michelin have announced that they have established “an official relationship” for Ford Performance vehicles including the Ford GT, Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs, Fiesta ST, Focus ST and RS, and F-150 Raptor.

According to Dave Pericak, director, Ford Performance, “We have a long relationship with Michelin, and could not ask for a better teammate to help extract maximum capability from our vehicles.”

And when it comes to those cars (and truck), capability in the form of performance is what it is all about.

And speaking of performance, the Ford GT that will be campaigned at Le Mans in 2016 will have Michelins all around, too.

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