Michelin Uses Formula E Tech to Develop Tyres for All-Electric Porsche Macan

Michelin used technologies developed in Formula E to create three tyre ranges for Porsche‘s new all-electric Macan.

Michelin Offers Summer, Winter, and All-Season Tyres for Porsche Macan

Michelin is offering three tyre ranges for Porsche Macan, the first all-electric SUV by the German carmaker, which was unveiled on 25 January this year.

To satisfy the design brief of the new electric Porsche Macan, Michelin drew on its knowledge of electric vehicles. This feat is the fruit of several years of research, and results from the technological learning that Michelin has developed over eight seasons in the World Formula E Championships, where Porsche has competed since 2019.

Michelin has accompanied all the Macan‘s generations and evolutions since its first launch in 2014. In an official statement, the French tyremaker stated, “Michelin is offering three tyre ranges for this strategic model in a show of confidence that bolsters Michelin in its position as a pioneer and as a preferred original equipment partner.”

Electric sports car tyres must not only offer the same performance as those of a combustion-powered car but also meet other challenges related to autonomy – the distance an electric vehicle can travel without recharging – and rolling noise. Furthermore, battery weight increases a vehicle’s total mass, which causes increased demands and impacts the tyres’ mileage. Finally, drivability is another key element and a technical challenge, given that electric engines deliver full torque at zero speed.

Michelin took all of these considerations into account when developing the three tyres for the new electric Porsche Macanwith respect to Porsche’s Original Equipment approval – another crucial parameter:

Michelin Pilot Sport EV NE0

This summer tyre has been specially developed for Porsche Macan. Its internal structure and rubber were designed to offer perfect drivability and to withstand high power.

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV NE0 also harnesses all of Michelin’s expertise in terms of rolling resistance (optimising autonomy), as well as maximum grip on wet and dry surfaces, always at the highest level irrespective of tyre mileage. Emphasis was also placed on rolling noise, which is harder to control in electric cars.

Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV NE0

The Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV winter tyre was designed to deliver high safety levels and maximum performance during the winter months, on cold, wet, and snow-covered roads. The siped rubber blocks in the tread were designed to offer better drivability and controlled stopping distances in slippery conditions.

This performance is combined with the robustness of these SUV tyres, with reinforced sidewalls. The Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV NE0 also features the 3PMSF (Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake) symbol, certifying its approval for winter use.

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 4 NE0

This all-season tyre, specially developed for high-end and sports vehicles, boasts performance that offers the best compromise between summer and winter tyres. Performing well in hot conditions, it preserves its properties when temperatures fall below 7°C/44.6°F.

These properties make it an ideal tyre choice for climates where temperatures can vary widely both seasonally and on a daily basis. Where winters are pronounced, it also provides motorists with an all-year-round tyre option rather than swapping between dedicated winter and summer tyres.


These three tyres, designed for the new electric Porsche Macan, offer a comprehensive range of uses for all drivers, surfaces, and conditions. They also meet the specificities of precise, sport handling that make up the lifeblood of the Macan, which was once only combustion-powered and is now also all-electric.

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