By Oliver Hall
Michelin tyres have helped G-Power, the BMW tuning specialist, set the fastest saloon car record.
The M5 G-Power Hurricane RR, shod with the Michelin Pilot Sport tyres, set the world speed record for a saloon car.
The twin-turbocharged V10 engine, producing 800hp, powered the car to 232.5mph (372.1km/h) on the record breaking run.
Michelin 255/35 ZR 19 tyres were used at the front and 305/30 ZR 19′s at the rear, instead of the standard 20-inch fitments.
The G-Power Hurricane RR accelerated from 0 to 100km/h in a mere 4.35 seconds, 9.5 seconds up to 200km/h and 25.8 seconds up to 300km/h.
G-Power already held the record for the world’s fastest saloon with a similarly tuned M5 Hurricane RS which reached a mind-blowing 227mph.
But not satisfied with this, G-Power continued to push the car to the limit using larger twin ASA T1-316 superchargers, coupled to their further tuned version of the M5’s V10 unit.
These modifications upped the power of the Hurricane to 789bhp – however, G-Power claims that the ‘theoretical’ output could be as much as 888bhp, which means that it has the potential to beat its own record several more times.