Michelin and endurance racing’s hybrid prototype era

The 2020 8 Hours of Bahrain in November brought the age of hybrid LMP1 prototypes to a close. Introduced in 2012, these technologically-sophisticated machines notched up 61 world-class endurance racing wins, all on Michelin Pilot Sport tyres which delivered on their Performance-Made-to-Last promise. From 2021, the hybrid generation will make way for a new breed of Hypercars.


Michelin tops the order in Bahrain and Sebring

Michelin combined victory at the last round of the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship with Toyota in Bahrain with the win – with Mazda – at the 12 Hours of Sebring, final clash of North America’s IMSA WeatherTech Championship. Michelin claimed all the titles up for grabs in both competitions.


The Michelin Pilot Sport range triumphs at the Nürburgring

Michelin and its partner BMW chalked up their 20th Nürburgring 24 Hours wins at the weekend thanks to the N°99 M6 GT3. The Sims/Catsburg/Yelloly car overcame horrendous weather in Germany’s Eifel Mountains to finish clear of eight other Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped GT3s.

Following its postponement from May to a late-September slot due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours took place just a week after the Michelin Pilot Sport range provided yet another demonstration of its Performance-Made-To-Last credentials at Le Mans with victory in all four classes and several new longevity records to its name.

Two-thirds of the works and semi-works SP9-class cars contested the German endurance classic around the infamous 25.3km Nordschleife – familiarly known as the Green Hell – on Michelin rubber.

The conditions were bad enough for the organisers to interrupt the action for much of the night. When the flag was green, however, the Michelin Pilot Sport Full Wet and Drying Wet successfully delivered the grip and confidence the drivers needed to engage in some superb battles despite the pouring rain.

“Our rain tyres performed remarkably at the Nürburgring,” reported Michelin Motorsport’s endurance racing programme manager after the race which permits open competition between tyre firms. “The three Michelin-equipped BMW M6 GT3s finished inside the top four and our partners BMW, Audi, Porsche and Mercedes-AMG monopolised the top nine places overall. The best-placed car that wasn’t on our tyres ended up more than a lap back

“Our partners could have double-stinted, but the long interruption to the race and the fact that pit stops had to last a given minimum time led them to change tyres every time they refuelled. It’s just a shame that the weather prevented us from seeing what our new range of Michelin Pilot Sport slicks might have been capable of in Germany.”

The Rowe Racing-run N°99 BMW took the chequered flag 15 seconds clear of the N°3 Audi/Michelin (Bortolotti/Haase/Winkelhock) to score 20th Nürburgring 24 Hours wins for both the German carmaker and Michelin.

The French tyre manufacturer on the race’s SPX class, too, with the new Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004C.

FIA Formula E

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV lights up the Saudi sky

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV helped Nyck de Vries (Mercedes) and Sam Bird (Jaguar) to win the weekend’s two night-time Formula E e-prix in Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyad. Michelin was a founding partner of the championship in 2014.


IMSA: The Michelin Pilot Sport’s longevity pays at Daytona

The long-lasting performance credentials of the Michelin Pilot Sport helped the French firm to make a decisive mark at the opening round of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Notorious as a gruelling test of speed and resilience, last weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona on Florida’s east coast was won by the Acura ARX-05 of Taylor/Albuquerque/Rossi/Castroneves who got Michelin’s 2021 endurance racing campaign off to the perfect start. Michelin has been a major partner of the North American series since 2019 and is this year working with no fewer than 18 carmakers.


Sébastien Ogier secures his 7th WRC crown with Michelin

Sébastien Ogier won the 2020 Rally Monza to notch up his 47th world-class victory and the seventh FIA World Rally Championship crown of his career on Michelin tyres. The Italian event was the final outing of the French firm’s current spell in the FIA WRC which has seen it harvest no fewer than 347 victories, 1,037 podium placings and 58 Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ world titles since the competition’s creation in 1973, aided by a long list of technological innovations and close working relationships with its driver and carmaker partners.


MotoGP™: Miguel Oliveira reigns supreme on home soil

The final clash of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship at Portimão was won in assertive fashion by local star Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3). The Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal’s pole-sitter comfortably outdistanced Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) who made it three different bikemakers and two different MICHELIN Power Slick pairings on the podium.

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