After last years stunning display of speed machines from around the world, Michelin had many people wondering how they could possibly outdo themselves this year. I'm not so sure if they outdid themselves, but they most definitely put on an amazing show at SEMA 2007 (Specialty Equipment Marketing Association).
This year's display consisted of not only production cars, but tuner cars and fully built race-cars. Michelin chose 3 very prominent manufactures and then chose a production car from each one. They also included a tuner version from each as well as a race-car. Michelin hoped to distinguish their ability to produce high performing tires for every possible application throughout the automotive world.
Making an appearance in the display was an Audi R8. If you look through the rear window of this big girl, you will catch a glimpse of a 420 horsepower 4.2 liter 32-valve all aluminum V-8. She will go from 0 to 60mph in 4 seconds flat and sprint the quarter mile in 12.6 seconds staying just under 115mph. All that comes at a price of $130,000.
Some good old American Muscle also was wearing some Michelin Performance Tires at SEMA. A Lingenfelter Corvette sporting 1,100 HP stood alongside a new Corvette C6-R. Lingenfelter added it's infamous 427 cubic inch Twin Turbo package, and a few extra add-ons, into a new C6. The C6-R made its name in the Le Mans circuit, winning 3 out of the last 4. It is powered by a General Motors 7 liter V8.
To top it all off, Michelin went back to Germany to acquire a Porsch F77 Turbo tuned by Champion MotorSports. It makes over 400 horsepower and can hit speeds over 200 mph. The production model was a Porche GT3 RS, packing 415 ponies out of the normal Flat-6. Porsche's Le Mans racer also showed up for the occasion. The RS Spyder churns out 480 horsepower (restricted....sadly) from a 3.4 liter V8. Which is more than enough for the mostly carbon fiber car.
Even when surrounded by all this automotive beauty, one thing was still missing. There was no production Corvette? How could this be? Perhaps this is a slight hint as to what kind of shoes the new Corvette ZR-1 will be sporting when it make it's debut?
Michelin tried to best last years display, but fell just a slight bit short. With names like McLaren F1, Saleen S7, Koenigsegg CCX, and a Bugatti Veyron as the centerpiece, it was basically impossible to top anyway. The important thing is, Michelin got their point across. Whatever the car, they can make a tire to hold it on the road.
Source : ReviewJournal , AutoblogGeorge Delozier