24H du Mans

Toyota Hypercar takes Michelin’s Le Mans score to 24 wins in a row!

Michelin has extended its winning streak to a record-breaking 24 straight victories at Le Mans after Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José-Maria Lopez scored their first and Toyota Gazoo Racing’s fourth victory in the world-famous endurance race. The trio’s N°7 GR0101-Hybrid spearheaded an emphatic one-two finish for the Japanese make to celebrate the beginning of the exciting new Hypercar era in La Sarthe. Third-placed Alpine joined in the podium festivities, while newcomer Glickenhaus Racing completed the distance in fourth and fifth places. Michelin’s successful run in LMGTE continued, too, with AF Corse-tended Ferraris dominating both the Pro and Am classes.

24H du Mans

First pole of Le Mans Hypercar era for Toyota/Michelin

A perfect lap during this evening’s Hyperpole shootout saw Kamui Kobayashi put Toyota and Michelin at the front of the grid for Saturday’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The N°7 GR010-Hybrid (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) claimed the team’s fifth pole in a row and the first of the new Hypercar era. The N°8 sister car was second, ahead of the N°36 Alpine and N°708 Glickenhaus. The five Hypercar prototypes were covered by just three seconds. Porsche/Michelin clinched both the LMGTE Pro and Am poles.

24H du Mans

Michelin’s new Hypercar-generation tires ready for Le Mans debut

Having triumphed at Le Mans with a variety of petrol, diesel and hybrid prototypes over the past 20 or so years, Michelin is poised to kick off a new era as the famous French circuit prepares to host the latest-generation Hypercars equipped with an all-new range of specific MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires.

Instead of the race’s usual June slot, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours - the first to star the exciting new Hypercars - is taking place in August due to the pandemic situation.

The FIA WEC season’s longest and fastest venue (13.626km, and average speeds of around 240kph) will see five of the new-generation prototypes in action this week, all competing on bespoke MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires.

“The development of our latest endurance racing tires began at the end of 2019 and lasted 10 months,” says Pierre Alves, the manager of Michelin Motorsport’s endurance racing program. “By using CAD [Computer Assisted Design) and simulator technology while the teams concerned were developing their respective cars also entirely virtually, we were able to halve the development period and divide costs by four. At the time of last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours last September, neither the new Hypercar prototypes nor their MICHELIN Pilot Sports actually existed.”

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It was only last autumn that the first of the new Hypercars to hit the ground and Michelin’s latest tires made their track debut. Since then, they have undergone a busy test program and won the first three rounds of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship.

“The results our tires obtained in testing and at the FIA WEC rounds at Spa-Francorchamps, Portimao and Monza were in-line with our forecasts in terms of their performance and longevity. We consequently feel confident ahead of Le Mans, despite it being one of the motor racing’s biggest and most unpredictable challenges.”

This year’s Hypercar field at Le Mans features two Toyota GR010 Hybrids, a brace of Glickenhaus 007 LMHs and an Alpine A480 which will spearhead Michelin’s attempt to extend its record-beating run of 23 victories on the trot since 1998.

Michelin is also providing the rubber for all of the eight LM GTE Pro and 23 LM GTE Am cars which represent such prestigious makes as Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette and Aston Martin.

The pre-Le Mans Test Day takes place on Sunday, August 15, followed by official practice sessions the following Wednesday and Thursday. The race itself starts at 4pm on Saturday, August 21, with the cars flagged away by Ferrari president John Elkann, and with multiple Le Mans-winner Derek Bell serving as this year’s Grand Marshal.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: emotional maiden MotoGPTM success for Bastianini in Qatar

Gresini Racing MotoGP’s Enea Bastianini converted his trust in his MICHELIN Power Slicks into a resounding victory at Round 1 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship in Qatar. The Italian dedicated his first win at this level to his team’s late founder Fausto Gresini. Brad Brinder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) made it three different bikemakers on the podium to provide early evidence of the versatility of Michelin’s 2022 range.  

Michelin’s Asian and American travels

Shortly after the opening round of North America’s 2022 endurance racing campaign at Daytona in January, this year’s four-race Asian Le Mans Series took place in the United Arab Emirates. Michelin, a premium partner of the championship, helped Nielsen Racing, CD Sport and Inception Racing to harvest the season’s titles.

FIA Formula E

Porsche takes Mexico win with Michelin

Michelin and its longstanding partner Porsche claimed an assertive one-two finish in the 2022 Mexico City E-Prix as Pascal Wehrlein scored his maiden ABB FIA Formula E World Championship success ahead of team-mate André Lotterer.

FIA Formula E

Diriyah E-Prix: Mercedes and Michelin light up the Saudi sky

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV rose to the various challenges it faced in Diriyah, near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to help defending champ Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ FE Team) and last season’s runner-up Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing) to claim the first two rounds of the 2021/2022 FIA ABB Formula E World Championship.

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