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Toyota and Michelin score Le Mans hat trick!

The partnership between Michelin and Toyota Gazoo Racing delivered a third consecutive triumph at Le Mans this weekend with the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid crewed by Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Kazuki Nakajima. Thanks to the long-lasting performance of its Pilot Sport range, Michelin not only succeeded in completing a record-breaking quintuple stint with a Rebellion prototype on the same four tyres, but also achieved a grand-slam result at the great French race for the second year running, accompanying United Autosports to victory in LMP2 and Aston Martins to the top step of the podium in LMGTE Pro and Am. Michelin dedicates these successes to all the passionate and loyal endurance racing fans who were unfortunately unable to attend the 88th edition of this legendary race which was held behind closed doors for the first time due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

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A shower of records for Michelin at Le Mans

Scoring a 23rd consecutive victory at September’s Le Mans 24 Hours wasn’t the only new benchmark Michelin established in La Sarthe this year…

  • The most striking achievement of the 2020 Le Mans was probably the fact that a single set of Michelin Pilot Sport tyres completed no less than 750 kilometres at an average speed nudging 240kph when Californian Gustavo Menezes completed 55 laps in the N°1 Rebellion R13 LMP1 prototype on Sunday morning.
  • Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi clinched pole-position in Friday’s Hyperpole shootout with a new lap record (3m15.267s / 251.2kph) for Version 15 of the Circuit des 24 Heures (13.626km) in his Toyota TS050 Hybrid.
  • The same session saw Michelin post a new fastest lap time in LMP2 (3m24.528s / 239.8kph), thanks to ex-F1 driver Paul di Resta in the N°22 Oreca-Gibson.
  • A new race lap record was clocked on Michelin Pilot Sport tyres in LMGTE Am when Ross Gunn produced a time of 3m52.449s (211kph) – an improvement of practically three seconds! – in the N°98 Aston Martin Vantage.
  • Bruno Senna (Rebellion R13/Michelin) came close to bettering the existing benchmark for the fastest race lap average speed behind the wheel of a non-hybrid LMP1 prototype, falling just 0.2kph short of the 246.4kph recorded by a Michelin-equipped Audi some years back.
  • This year’s race saw the LMP2 distance record beaten, too, thanks to the 5,041.62km/370 laps completed by the N°22 United Autosports Oreca-Gibson of Paul di Resta/Filipe Albuquerque/Phil Hanson which consumed just 13 sets of Michelin Pilot Sport tyres in the process.
  • Two Michelin-equipped cars– the N°97 Aston Martin Vantage and N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – went further in the race than any LMGTE Pro runner before them (4,714.59km).
  • The top-five LMGTE Am finishers (representing three different makes, and all on Michelin rubber) beat the class’s race-distance record. The figure to beat now stands at 4,619km (339 laps).

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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

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.

FIA WEC

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.

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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.

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