FIA Formula E

Brits rule in London on Michelin rubber

The 2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s London races were won by Britons Jake Dennis (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing). The last appearance of the all-electric competition’s MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV-equipped cars this season will be the finale in Berlin, Germany, on August 14-15.

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The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV takes bite out of the Big Apple

The traction performance delivered by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV Formula E tire helped Germany’s Maximilian Günther (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) to claim the weekend’s two New York E-Prix at Brooklyn’s riverside circuit.

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Complex Spanish weekend sees Michelin shine

Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2020/2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship at Circuit Ricardo Tormo near Valencia, Spain, threw a variety of conditions at the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV. The winners of the weekend’s two races were Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ FE Team) and Jake Dennis (BMW I Andretti Motorsport).

The fifth and sixth rounds of the 2020/2021 Formula E campaign took teams to Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo, a permanent facility which presented them with a different set of challenges compared with those associated with the street circuits that generally provide the backdrop to Formula E action.

The Spanish venue’s abrasive surface produced more grip than usual, while shifting conditions – which ranged from a downpour for Race 1 to completely dry for Race 2 – added to the difficulties the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV had to cope with.

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“We thought the conditions would be very different to those which marked the recent Rome E-Prix, and we certainly weren’t expecting such a mixed bag of weather,” said Jérôme Mondain, the manager of Michelin Motorsport’s Formula E program. “We were effectively treated to a bit of everything in Spain, from heavy rain to drying conditions, followed by what turned out to be a ‘green’ track for the second race. But it was still another positive weekend for the Pilot Sport EV.”

Michelin’s Formula E tire was effectively asked to deliver a combination of fast warm-up performance, versatility and durability, consistency and grip in both the dry and wet, while at the same time playing a part in optimizing the cars’ energy consumption.

These qualities are also hallmarks of the road-going MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV which is designed to equip sophisticated electric and hybrid road cars and which features ElectricGrip and GreenPower technology, both of which stem from Michelin’s involvement in Formula E.

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Race 1, which took place in wet weather that led to several Safety Car interruptions, saw pole-sitter Antonio Felix da Costa lead from lights-out but he was deprived of the win when his battery ran flat on the last lap. The DS Techeetah driver’s misfortune handed victory to Nyck de Vries who was chased over the line by Nico Müller (Dragon Penske Autosport) and his Mercedes-EQ FE Team team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne. Ten drivers were not classified and five were disqualified.

The second race turned out to be one of the fastest in Formula E history and was won by Jake Dennis (BMW I Andretti Motorsports). The British rookie took advantage of his first ever Formula E pole-position to claim his maiden victory in the series, ahead of André Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche FE Team) and Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing).

The next round of the 2020/2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will take teams to Monaco on May 8.

Race 1 – Final positions:

  1. Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-Benz EQ FE Team), 24 laps
  2. Nico Müller (Dragon Penske Autosport), +13.128s
  3. Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EW FE Team), +34.886s
  4. Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing), +36.903s
  5. Rene Rast (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler FE Team), +51.650s

Etc.

Race 2 – Final positions:

  1. Jake Dennis (BMW I Andretti Motorsports), 30 laps
  2. André Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche FE Team), +1.483s
  3. Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing), +2.428s
  4. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams), +2.870s
  5. Norman Nato (RoKit Venturi Racing), +5.811s

Etc.

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Monza glory for Toyota/Michelin

The 6 Hours of Monza – Round 3 of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship – was won by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped N°7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. The Italian fixture was the last race before this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours on August 21-22.

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From virtual to reality

Michelin Motorsport, Clermont-Ferrand, France – February, 2020: On completion of the design phase, a digital version of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport for endurance racing’s new Hypercar class was produced for the purpose of simulator testing, ahead of the real thing’s manufacture and eventual sign-off a few months later.

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MotoGP™: Quartararo wins as Michelin posts more records at Assen

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) took his fourth win of the 2021 MotoGPTM campaign at Round 9, the Motul TT Assen. The championship leader finished clear of team-mate Maverick Viñales and the outgoing champ Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTA). The grip and consistency of the MICHELIN Power Slick range contributed to the establishment of new track-lap, fastest race-lap and race-duration records for the Dutch venue.  

ABB FIA Formula E: Audi and Venturi claim Puebla victories

Rounds 8 and 9 of the 2020/2021 FIA Formula E World Championship in Puebla, Mexico, were won respectively by Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) and Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing) on MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV tires. 

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