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. 

Michelin ready for DTM debut

More familiarly known simply as the DTM, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters resumes this weekend (June 18-20) at Monza, Italy, with a new-look formula featuring FIA GT3 cars competing on MICHELIN Pilot Sport GT M tires. This highly popular series has effectively chosen the French brand for the first time as sole supplier for such prestige carmakers as Audi, Mercedes, McLaren, BMW, Lamborghini and Ferrari.

Michelin’s FIA ERC involvement continues in 2021…

The 2021 FIA European Rally Championship (FIA ERC) kicks off this weekend with Orlen Rajd Polski-Rally Poland (June 18-20) which is based in Mikolajki, northeast Poland. Michelin’s colors will be defended by a number of leading teams and drivers who will compete on the firm’s Customer gravel tires, the development of which benefited from Michelin’s 350 wins in the sport at world level.

“The FIA ERC is a great platform for drivers to showcase their talent in Rally2 cars,” says Julien Vial, the Manager of Michelin’s Customer Competition Department. “And given the fierce rivalry that exists between tire firms, it’s a tremendous platform for Michelin, too!”

The opening round of the 2021 championship will take teams to Mikolajki, a holiday resort in the heart of Poland’s lake district, for Orlen Rajd Polski-Rally Poland. The event is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with a menu of extremely fast dirt tracks that will probably see the top contenders reach average speeds in excess of 130kph!

At such high speeds, the crews will be glad to be able to count on the grip and traction performance of their Customer-spec MICHELIN Latitude Cross PZ tires which were developed for smooth gravel.

Michelin has an enviable record on the event, including outright victory with the defending champion in 2019, the last time it counted towards the FIA ERC. It also won there from 2014 until 2017 when the fixture qualified for the FIA World Rally Championship, with tires that provided the basis for the development of the Latitude Cross PZ.

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The 2021 FIA ERC entry includes numerous Michelin-equipped front-runners, including Andreas Mikkelsen, Nil Solans, Yoann Bonato, Grégoire Munster, Erik Cais and Marczyk Mikolaj. “We are proud that they have chosen to contest the series on Michelin rubber,” notes Julien Vial. “They are all skilled drivers and we will do everything in our power to provide them with the most competitive tires and a level of technical support that does justice to their talent.”

Michelin will also work with the upcoming youngsters taking part within the framework of the ERC-Michelin Talent Factory for Rally2 drivers aged less than 28-years-old. “They will benefit from different forms of aid, from discounted prices, to personalized advice from a Michelin technician and bespoke media coverage. The best-placed driver after the first six rounds will win a full tire allocation for the season’s last two rallies.”

The Orlen Rajd Polski-Rally Poland starts in Mikolajki on Friday, June 18, and the 100 or so crews can look forward to 14 stages totaling 202.76 kilometers.

Calendar - 2021 FIA European Rally Championship:

June 18-20: Rajd Polski-Rally Poland (gravel/Poland)

July 1-3: Rally Liepäja (gravel/Latvia)

July 23-25: Rally di Roma (asphalt/Italy)

August 27-29: Barum Rally Zlin (asphalt/Czech Republic)

September 15-18: Açores Rally (gravel/Portugal)

October 1-3: Rally Serras de Fafe (gravel/Portugal)

October 22-24: Rally Hungary (asphalt/Hungary)

November 18-20: Rally Islas Canarias (asphalt/Spain)

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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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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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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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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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