CLERMONT-FERRAND, France — Group Michelin is offering its customers who are serious performance enthusiasts the opportunity to hone their driving skills through Track Connect, a technology it's developed that provides real-time feedback to drivers pushing the limit at track days.
Michelin describes the system — available as an aftermarket add-on for $499 from Tire Rack and others — as like having a "virtual coach" to help improve driving skills and optimize lap times.
Track Connect for now is tied to the tire maker's Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect tires, which are factory fitted with a sensor that transmits precise inflation pressure and tire temperatures. The data are transmitted via radio signal to a receptor placed in the vehicle, which then transmits them to a phone, using Bluetooth, Michelin said.
These data are then processed and presented in an "intuitive" way, thanks to the interface of the mobile application previously installed on the Smartphone (iOs and Android). There is also the possibility of displaying evolutions in the handling of your car — under or oversteer — depending on analysis of developments in pressure balance between front and rear tires, Michelin said.
Michelin is introducing the Track Connect system to customers through various car clubs, which host driving clinics and competitive track days.
The system offers advice before, during and after a track day, Michelin said.
• Before: The application recommends the most suitable pressure for the vehicle and run conditions: dry track, damp track, wet track.
• During: Track Connect gives real time information on the pressure and temperature of each of the four tires on the vehicle.
• After: The information is stored and can be accessed after the session. Track Connect then indicates the adjustments to make before getting back on the track.
The Pilot Sport Cup 2 is considered an "ultra-ultra high-performance" (UUHP) tire, developed in conjunction with prestigious car manufacturers, such as Porsche A.G. and Ferrari S.p.A., to meet the needs of experienced drivers in UHP cars who are looking for the ultimate performance during track days.
Michelin offers the Pilot Cup Sport 2 Connect in 14 sizes ranging from 235/40R18 to P335/25R20, designed to fit a diverse range of vehicles including Audi, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Mercedes, Porsche and Renault.