Monza glory for Toyota/Michelin

The 6 Hours of Monza – Round 3 of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship – was won by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped N°7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. The Italian fixture was the last race before this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours on August 21-22.


Toyota/Michelin scores a 1-2 finish in Portimao

Following on from its victory at the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship’s opener at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Toyota Gazoo Racing succeeded in monopolizing the top two places at the end of the 8 Hours of Portimao with its brace of MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped GR010 Hybrids. The Japanese Hypercars were joined on the Portuguese podium by the sole Alpine A480/Michelin. Ferrari/Michelin topped the order in both LM GTE classes.


From virtual to reality

Michelin Motorsport, Clermont-Ferrand, France – February, 2020: On completion of the design phase, a digital version of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport for endurance racing’s new Hypercar class was produced for the purpose of simulator testing, ahead of the real thing’s manufacture and eventual sign-off a few months later.

The sizes and materials for the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport were selected during the tire’s design on the computer as a function of endurance racing’s technical regulations and the data provided by Michelin’s Hypercar partners.

“The next step was to evaluate the forces and moments the tire would be subjected to using a mathematical model” says Jérémie Ricquier, Performance Analyst at Michelin Motorsport. “Within weeks, we had succeeded in producing a digital version of the tire which we then converted into a computer file that the simulator could read. The task of evaluating the digital tire on the simulator was entrusted to an actual driver.”

Developing the tire in virtual form not only saves time and money, but also minimizes its environmental impact ahead of the real thing’s production.

“Some 200 different ingredients go into the 20 or so semi-finished products that make up every MICHELIN Pilot Sport endurance racing tire,” explains Aurélien Fabre, Tire Design ‘Team Manager’, Michelin Motorsport “These semi-finished products range from the plies and strengthening to the rubber compounds. They are designed in different locations and assembled by hand at Michelin’s Cataroux plant in Clermont-Ferrand. Tires are then cured for around 25 minutes at a temperature of 180°C. It takes an average of 45 minutes to make an endurance racing slick.”

The quality of every cover is meticulously inspected to detect the slightest defect before MICHELIN Pilot Sport branding is applied to the sidewalls. Tires are subsequently submitted to a range of static and dynamic tests at Michelin’s Technology Center in Ladoux before they get their first real track run. These tests include the Record Machine, a tool developed initially for racing tires but which is now also employed for road products.

“The Record Machine takes the form of a three-meter-diameter cylinder coated on the inside with asphalt. The tire is placed inside the rig which can replicate a variety of slip and camber angles. The rotating cylinder is capable of reproducing speeds of up to 350kph, as well different running conditions – including rain – to make sure the tires are perfectly safe for their track début.”

To be continued…

FIA Formula E

Brits rule in London on Michelin rubber

The 2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s London races were won by Britons Jake Dennis (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing). The last appearance of the all-electric competition’s MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV-equipped cars this season will be the finale in Berlin, Germany, on August 14-15.

FIA Formula E

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV takes bite out of the Big Apple

The traction performance delivered by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV Formula E tire helped Germany’s Maximilian Günther (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) to claim the weekend’s two New York E-Prix at Brooklyn’s riverside circuit.


MotoGP™: Quartararo wins as Michelin posts more records at Assen

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) took his fourth win of the 2021 MotoGPTM campaign at Round 9, the Motul TT Assen. The championship leader finished clear of team-mate Maverick Viñales and the outgoing champ Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTA). The grip and consistency of the MICHELIN Power Slick range contributed to the establishment of new track-lap, fastest race-lap and race-duration records for the Dutch venue.  

ABB FIA Formula E: Audi and Venturi claim Puebla victories

Rounds 8 and 9 of the 2020/2021 FIA Formula E World Championship in Puebla, Mexico, were won respectively by Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) and Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing) on MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV tires. 

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