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. 

GMT 94 eying 2014 title

After coming second in the 2013 Endurance World Championship, GMT 94 (Yamaha-Michelin) is hoping to go one better this season. This week, the Christophe Guyot-led team is testing at Albacete, Spain, with less than two months remaining until the first round – the Bol d’Or.

GMT 94’s technical staff has worked hard over the winter to develop the Yamaha R1. Practically everything has been revised, from the autoclave-cured carbon fairings, the rear part of the saddle and different frames, to new illuminated competition number plates and a new front-end quick release system, as well work on refuelling speed and electronics, etc.

The riders have been extremely busy, too, since David Checa, Kenny Foray, Matthieu Gines and Lucas Mahias have all undergone fitness training programmes, ranging from muscle building, to running and cycling, plus supermotard and motocross sessions.

After suffering a number of setbacks in recent seasons, Guyot has set himself the objective of claiming the 2014 EWC title. “We came second in 2013, just five points off the winner. We weren’t helped by a number of problems, like our ignition sensor issue at the Bol d’Or and Checa’s two falls at Le Mans. But that’s endurance racing. Even so, we finished all the races and showed that we were competitive, which was very pleasing.”

Today and tomorrow, the N°94 Yamaha-Michelin is at Albacete, Spain, for its first test of the year when the team will focus on systems checks and evaluating new tyres. Checa, Foray and Gines will all be on duty.

Guyot is pleased with the changes that the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) has made to the regulations, especially the establishment of a maximum tyre allocation, namely 45 covers for the 24-hour races and a single set of qualifying tyres per rider per session. This allocation will come down to 30 in 2015.

GMT 94’s test programme will continue in France ahead of the official pre-Bol d’Or test on March 31-April 1.

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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!

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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.

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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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