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Posted on October 31, 2012

Performance Reaches New Heights as Michelin Outfits the Latest Shelby American Vehicles


New Michelin Tire Offering for the Shelby Wide Body GT 350, Super Snake, Shelby 1000 and GT 500

(GREENVILLE – Oct. 31, 2012) – Today, the best performing street tire in the world meets the best performing Shelby American vehicles in the world. MICHELIN® Pilot® Super Sport Tires and Shelby American are joining together to bring that performance to the marketplace in one powerhouse package.

 Now fitted with MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tires, the Shelby American wide body cars -- GTS, GT350 Super Snake and Shelby 1000 -- and the GT500 Super Snake standard body all come fitted with the MICHELIN tires.

 Shelby and Michelin began their collaboration by seeking the best fit in style and performance. Shelby required a tire that had unparalleled performance, so they invited Michelin to provide a tire that would lend support to one of America’s oldest muscle car manufacturers. 

 “Our team tested a variety of tires on the street and track and found the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tires to perform best,” said Gary Patterson, vice president of operations at Shelby.

 Designed for the sportiest cars and ultra-high-performance vehicles, the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tire uses a full range of expertise gained from endurance racing, in particular the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  

 “A demanding vehicle requires a tire capable of delivering optimum performance.  The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tire is at the top of the Michelin ultra-high performance range and provides a level of handling and braking demanded by the outstanding vehicles from Shelby American,” said Doug Brown, brand category manager, Michelin North America.

 The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tire achieves a unique balance between safety and driving enjoyment suitable for everyday road use as well as providing a total performance package for Shelby American.

 “Shelby and Michelin share a common goal of delivering outstanding performance products that satisfy true driving enthusiasts worldwide,” said Patterson.

 Adding to its already comprehensive portfolio of ultra-high performance products, Michelin launched the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire in 2011 and continues to answer the call of performance enthusiasts worldwide.

About Shelby American Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing

Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427SC, 289FIA and 289 street car component vehicles; it offers the Shelby 1000, GT350, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the current generation Ford Mustang.  For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com.  Shelby American is a division of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK).  Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., also a wholly owned division, is the exclusive holder of Carroll Shelby’s trademarks and vehicle design rights.  It also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles.  Information is at www.shelbylicensing.com.

 About Michelin

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs more than 22,000 and operates 18 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations.



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About Michelin North America

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (michelinman.com