Michelin to continue its involvement in the Asian Le Mans Series

With the last race of the 2017/2018 Asian Le Mans Series barely over, Michelin has confirmed its commitment to the four-round 2018/2019 campaign which will run from next November until February 2019.


Michelin racks up its 50th WEC victory

Victory for the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima at the 6 Hours of Bahrain – final round of the 2017 World Endurance Championship – saw Michelin notch up its 50th FIA WEC success. Porsche concluded its involvement in the series with two cars on the podium, while James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi made sure of the GT Drivers’ title with Ferrari/Michelin.


New look for world class endurance racing

Created in 2012, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is to undergo significant changes from next season when the series will straddle two calendar years (2018/2019) and conclude with the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours. The LMP1 cars will run to new technical regulations. As a participant in the FIA WEC since the outset, Michelin approves the latest moves.



The idea of staging Le Mans as the WEC’s grand finale has been muted for some time by the competition’s organisers (FIA and Automobile Club de l’Ouest) and the transitional eight-round 2018/2019 campaign will last 18 months. If the provisional dates are approved by the FIA, the championship will start at Spa-Francorchamps in May 2018 and end at Le Mans in June 2019. As a result, both races will count twice!

From 2019/2020, the calendar will revert to a more conventional format, much like Formula E.

“Five years ago, Michelin worked with its partner teams, the ACO and the FIA to shape the original WEC,” notes Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon. “Michelin shares the values promoted by endurance racing, including open competition, innovation, sacrifice and team spirit, and we are in favour of the decisions taken by the ACO and the FIA to revitalise the championship.”

The 2018/2019 FIA WEC will get under way where the series originally kicked off back in March 2012, at Sebring, Florida, where the action will start at midnight! Fuji (Japan) and Shanghai (China) continue to feature, while the pre-season Prologue will return to Le Castellet, in the south of France. A new timetable will enable teams to carry out a 36-hour test as part of their preparations for Le Mans.

In the wake of the recent withdrawals of Audi and Porsche, the ACO and FIA also propose new technical regulations for the LMP1 prototypes aimed at reducing costs and aligning the performance of the hybrid and non-hybrid cars. “For Michelin, endurance racing serves as a formidable laboratory that helps us to carry over technologies from the race track to the street,” adds Pascal Couasnon. “Our goal is to continue developing tyres in the discipline, notably in LMP1.”

Michelin has won all 46 of the FIA WEC rounds organised to date, in association with three different carmakers and 27 different drivers.

Provisional 2018/2019 FIA WEC calendar

April 5-6                                  Prologue (Le Castellet, France)
May 4-5                                  6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)
June 16-17                            Le Mans 24 Hours (France)
October 13-14                        6 Hours of Fuji (Japan)
November 3-4                        6 Hours of Shanghai (China)
February 2019                        TBC
March 15-16                           12 Hours of Sebring (USA)
May 3-4                                  6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)
June 15-16                            Le Mans 24 Hours (France)


Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

FIA Formula E

ABB FIA Formula E: Michelin reveals the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show has seen Michelin reveal the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport that will equip the latest-generation FIA ABB Formula E Championship all-electric cars when Season 5 (2018/2019) gets going at the end of the year. 

FIA Formula E

Daniel Abt claims maiden Formula E success

Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin) notched up the first Formula E victory of his career at Saturday’s Mexico City E-Prix. The German was joined on the podium by Oliver Turvey (2nd, NextEv NIO Sport/Michelin) and Sébastien Buemi (3rd, Renault e.dams/Michelin). 


Sweden revenge for ice-cool Neuville

After cruelly missing out on last year’s Rally Sweden win, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) bounced back this week to win the 66th running of the winter classic, ahead of Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was penalised by his running order and could manage no better than 10th at the flag.

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