Michelin’s decade of innovation and success in motorsport

In the course of the past 10 years, Michelin’s increasingly sophisticated, energy-efficient, consistent and, now, connected tyres collected more than 300 world-class victories in disciplines as varied as MotoGP, endurance racing, rallying and Formula E. 

Michelin’s first Formula 1 world titles

In 1979, Michelin demonstrated the superiority of its radial tyre technology by claiming the first of its titles in the Formula 1 World Championship. Forty years on, the French firm continues to see motorsport as a means to innovate and take its technologies forward, especially in competitions that place the accent on sustainable mobility and lasting performance. 

2014 Dakar: Laia Sanz’s impressive run

The fourth attempt of Laia Sanz (Honda-Michelin) at the Dakar produced an impressive 16th place overall. She was the only lady competitor to reach the finish in Valparaiso, Chile, and she even bagged a fine eighth place on Day 9 (Calama-Iquique).

Laia Sanz is a familiar face in the world of motorcycle competition. The 28-year old Spaniard has won the Ladies’ Trial world title 13 times and was the Ladies’ Enduro world champion in 2012 and 2013.

For her fourth Dakar, she had a proper bike, a Michelin-equipped Honda CRF 450 Rally, specially prepared for the rally. “My first three Dakars were on enduro bikes that had been converted using kits. This year, I have a special cross-country bike which is lighter, better balanced and faster. Its suspension is also better. The difference is enormous! The only problem is that I didn’t get much time to familiarise myself with it,” said Laia before the start.

Running without a support rider, she learned as much about her bike as possible in order to be independent should she break down. In the end, she didn’t need to get her hands dirty…

She survived all the pitfalls unscathed, including the fifth day’s searing heat. “The first week was very difficult, the toughest I have ever seen on the Dakar,” she reported during the rest day in Salta. She clearly felt happier during the second half of the event and even collected eighth place on the leg from Calama to Iquique (Day 9).

In addition to being the only woman to reach Valparaiso, Laia scored one of the best results on the Dakar ever achieved by a lady competitor, three decades after the gender’s pioneers Christine Martin (10th in 1981) Nicole Maitrot (14th in 1982) and Véronique Anquetil (15th in 1984).

FIA WRC

FIA WRC - Rallye Monte-Carlo - Racecard

The 2020 FIA World Rally Championship gets underway with one of the most iconic and demanding events for the tyres, Rallye Monte-Carlo. Click on the photo to download our racecard!

FIA Formula E

Formula E: Santiago glory for Max Günther

The 2020 Santiago E-Prix in Chile saw Maximilian Gunther score his maiden Formula E victory at the wheel of his Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped BMW iFE.20.

FIA WEC

Toyota/Michelin claim 1st and 2nd places in Bahrain

Toyota Gazoo Racing dominated the last FIA WEC race of the year to collect first and second places in Bahrain with the N°7 (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) and N°8 (Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley) Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids. The French tyre firm topped the order in the other three classes, too, with the N°22 United Autosports Oreca-Gibson (LMP2), N°95 Aston Martin (LMGTE Pro) and N°57 Porsche (LMGTE Am).

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Monte Carlo 1966: Citroën and Michelin win another ‘duel of ’66’…

James Mangold’s film ‘Le Mans 1966’ starring Matt Damon et Christian Bale relates how Ford succeeded in thwarting mighty Ferrari at Le Mans. Earlier the same year, Citroën and Michelin finished on top after a thrilling duel on another legendary event – the Rallye Monte-Carlo.

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