Test Driving Corvettes with Michelin's New Pilot Sport Cup Tires

Don Sherman

Lessons done and points made, Michelin flagged off the best event of the day: hot lapping Corvette Z06s wearing Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, the race rubber that's also approved by our Department of Transportation for street use.

From my notebook: There's nothing this tire refuses to do. It generates tremendous stick and communicates far more clearly than most life mates. Turn-in is crisp and predictable. Braking adhesion lets you add yards to every straightaway. Ten laps on these tires is a calorie-consuming workout because of the significantly higher g-loads, speeds, and control efforts that accompany full use of true racing rubber.

For anyone with any car that's driven only on rare occasions, such as track days or banzai runs down dry back roads, your lucky prayers are answered if Michelin offers Pilot Sport Cup tires appropriate for your pet.

For dessert, I rode a couple of laps with racing great Ron Fellows at the wheel of a ZR-1. I was impressed by his quick and perceptive control inputs. Through any piece of track approximating a straight line, he was dazzingly fast. In transitions and sweepers, he demonstrated the uncanny ability to exploit every micron of traction and then some. His retirement from active participation in motorsports (possibly subject to review) is Team Corvette's loss but a major gain for those who enroll in his driving school.

Furthermore, Fellows is a gentleman with a genuine interest in discussing matters large and small with curious journalists and anxious-to-learn students.

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