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Michelin Primacy 3: Technology committed to safety

New tyres Published the 26/09/2011 by Jack

To improve the grip of the Primacy 3, Michelin has used two innovative technical solutions: A complex combination of compounds for treads and a method producing very thin sipes.

Michelin Primacy 3 tyre presentation Copyright © : Michelin

With the Primacy 3, Michelin engineers aim to maintain constant contact with the road, in all weather conditions and on all surface types. To improve grip, Michelin has used two innovative technological solutions: 

A tightly bound rubber compound
The newly patented rubber compound for the Michelin Primacy 3 is a complex combination of several elastomers, a silica based reinforcing agent and a resin based softener.

The innovation comes from the nature of these compounds, the optimal dosage of each compound and the mixing method. The result? Tight binding between the rubber compounds, that provides a high total mileage.

Ultra thin self-blocking sipes
To withstand the high demands placed on tyres when braking sharply or when cornering, a tyre must maximise its contact area with the ground. With this in mind, the Michelin engineers have created a new patented tread with self-blocking sipes. They lock into each other to offer a stiffer tread block and improve the contact quality between the tyre and the road.

The minimum thickness of these new sipes does not exceed 0.2 mm: A groundbreaking technology, according to Michelin.  By comparison, they are two to three times thinner than sipes found on winter tyres.

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