The two companies have recently signed on to an official relationship which will see the French company supply rubber for Ford Performance vehicles.
These won't be any old off the rack rubbers, no, engineers from both parties will collaborate to develop unique compounds and constructions for each and every vehicle to come out of the basement at Ford Performance.
“We have a long relationship with Michelin, and could not ask for a better teammate to help extract maximum capability from our vehicles,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford Performance. “That confidence extends from our upcoming racing effort at Le Mans in 2016 with the all-new Ford GT, to the Ford Performance vehicle lineup, including Shelby GT350 and F-150 Raptor.”
The Raptor won't wear Michelins however, instead they farmed the branding out to the more rugged BFGoodrich and their All-Terrain T/A KO2
“Our tire development teams are excited to be working hand-in-hand with Ford on these amazing vehicles,” said Thom Roach, vice president, original equipment marketing, Michelin North America. “The Michelin Pilot tires and BFGoodrich T/A KO2 tires on Ford Performance vehicles are all custom-tuned to help maximize vehicle performance on multiple fronts.”