24H du Mans

A second straight 1-2 finish for Toyota/Michelin at Le Mans

Toyota Gazoo Racing claimed a second one-two finish at Le Mans to earn a 22nd consecutive win for its partner Michelin in the famous French endurance race. Victory ended up in the hands of the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, ahead of the N°7 sister car, while winning drivers Buemi, Nakajima and Alonso wrapped up the 2018/2019 FIA WEC title. The top-three was rounded out by the N°11 BR1/Michelin. Michelin topped the order in LMP2, too, with Alpine (Lapierre/Negrao/Thiriet), as well as in LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am with Ferrari (Pier Guidi/Calado/Serra) and Ford (Keating/Bleekemolen/Fraga) respectively. The 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours provided Michelin with the ideal opportunity to showcase the long-lasting performance credentials of its Pilot Sport Endurance tyres.

24H du Mans

2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

24H du Mans

Sixty-two entries for last Le Mans to star hybrid LMP1 prototypes

Le Mans organiser ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has listed the 62 entries that have been invited to take part in the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours on June 13-14. More than 50 cars will contest the race on Michelin rubber. The French firm is targeting its 23rd straight win in La Sarthe and its 29th in total. Hybrid LMP1 prototypes will appear for the last time.

From a shortlist of 75, the ACO has accepted 62 entries to participate in this year’s endurance classic which has long served as a Tech Lab for Michelin to develop and showcase the durability of its racing rubber which ultimately benefits its production tyres. Appropriately, the 13.629km-long French circuit uses a combination of a conventional track and ordinary roads!

This year’s Le Mans 24 Hours will mark the end of an era since it will be the last to feature LMP1 hybrid prototypes. The 2020/2021 FIA World Endurance Championship, which starts in September, will effectively run to new technical regulations for the premier class and Michelin has been chosen as the tyre manufacturer for this stimulating new challenge.

For those carmakers who, like Michelin, are committed to promoting responsible mobility, Le Mans is the ideal platform to innovate in a way that reduces the sport’s impact on the environment. In keeping with this mission, Michelin Pilot Sport Endurance-equipped hybrid LMP1 prototypes have established a long list of new records over recent years, including a fourfold reduction in their fuel consumption, while the number of tyres required for the 24-hour ordeal has been slashed by a fifth.

Another chapter the 2020 race will bring to a close is Michelin’s successful record with these superlative prototypes. Since the FIA WEC’s creation in 2012, it has harvested 57 victories with Audi, Toyota and Porsche. During this time, the hybrid LMP1s have run exclusively on Michelin rubber, despite the class being open to competition between tyre brands.

The first of Michelin’s successes during this spell was at Le Mans in 2012 when Audi and Michelin recorded the first win of a four-wheel drive, electric/combustion-engined prototype. Before that, the two partners had innovated with the successful introduction of diesel power in world-class motor racing in 2006. It was only logical, therefore, that Audi should turn to Michelin for its hybrid programme and the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro/Michelin notched up 15 victories.

In 2014, Porsche chose Michelin for its return to endurance racing’s premier class with the Porsche 919 Hybrid which claimed 17 FIA WEC wins and three Le Mans triumphs in a row.

It is with hybrid pioneer Toyota, though, that Michelin has scored the highest number of WEC wins, namely 26 with three different cars.

Meanwhile, for the final appearance of LMP2 prototypes at Le Mans, Michelin will supply 17 of the cars in this category, since numerous teams have chosen to benefit from Michelin’s lasting performance for this exceptionally exacting fixture. Michelin is also proud to be working with this year’s only all-lady prototype entry.

Last but by no means least, another thrilling battle between prestigious carmakers Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Corvette is to be expected in LM GTE Pro and LMGTE Am.

FIA Formula E

Da Costa (DS Techeetah/Michelin) takes Marrakech laurels

Antonio Felix Da Costa steered his Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped DS E-Tense FE20 to victory in Marrakesh, home of Round 5 of the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Morocco, Africa’s number one nation in terms of renewable energy, has hosted Formula E action every year since 2016.

FIA Formula E

ABB FIA Formula E - 2020 Marrakesh E-Prix - Racecard

ABB FIA Formula E championship returns to Marrakesh for the 4th time. Clic on the photo to download our racecard and find out more about our sustainable mobility lab.

FIA WEC

Grand-slam glory for Michelin in Texas

The Lone Star Le Mans (Round 5 of the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship) at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, was won by the Michelin Pilot Sport Endurance-equipped Rebellion R13 of Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Norman Nato. Michelin cars also topped the order in LMP2 (N°22 Oreca07-Gibson), LMGTE Pro (N°95 Aston Martin) and LMGTE Am (N°90 Aston Martin).

FIA WRC

Michelin scores 30th Rally Sweden triumph!

The 2020 Rally Sweden was won by Elfyn Evans driving a Michelin X-Ice North 3-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC. This year’s event was shortened due to a lack of snow, but Michelin’s studded WRC snow tyre delivered outstanding grip despite the unfamiliar conditions to combine the brand’s 30th Swedish victory with class wins in WRC2, WRC3 and RC4 which are all also open to competition between tyre firms.

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