Volkswagen and Michelin establish new Pikes Peak record!

After collecting four WRC Manufacturers’ titles together, Volkswagen and Michelin returned to their winning ways on Sunday with victory at the celebrated Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA. Frenchman Romain Dumas posted a new record for the course in the German make’s exciting I.D R full-electric prototype.

Michelin back on top at the Nürburgring

Michelin took the top prize at last weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hours in tandem with the Manthey Racing-run Porsche 911 GT3-R of Richard Lietz, Frédéric Makowiecki, Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy. Two Black Falcon Mercedes AMG GT3s made it an all-Michelin podium. 

Racing today… and yesterday for tomorrow’s mobility! Motorsport heritage, from the Lancia Aurelia to Formula E

The past and the future caught up with each other at last weekend’s Charade Heroes event (September 22-23) at Circuit de Charade* in the Auvergne Mountains near Clermont-Ferrand, France. Displays ranged from a Lancia Aurelia fitted with the first Michelin X radial tyres to a worthy successor of this industry-changing technology: the Michelin Pilot Sport which stars in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship Both exemplify the important contribution motorsport can and does make to taking mobility forward.

 

The challenges inherent in motorsport have produced countless legends over the decades. Back in 1951, Lancia chose the Turin Motor Show to reveal its revolutionary new Aurelia B20 GT which was powered by the world’s first V6 engine. It was also the first car to be fitted with Michelin X radial tyres, a ground-breaking technology invented by the French firm in 1949.

The same year saw the Italian manufacturer enter four Aurelias for the famous Mille Miglia where Giovanni Bracco’s car came second overall and first in class. Weeks later, he drove the car to Le Mans in order to spectate at the 24-hour endurance race. Due to a last-minute withdrawal, however, he and Giovanni Lurani ended up stepping in to take part in the race in the red Aurelia (N°33).

Competing on a single set of part-worn tyres, the pair completed 3,172km at an average speed of 132kph, reaching top speeds of around 170kph. To the surprise of many, they won their class and finished 12th overall!

The superior safety, road holding, braking performance and comfort delivered by their Michelin X radials won over a long list of carmakers and drivers and, overnight, the new tyre became motor racing’s latest legend.

The Charade Heroes event was organised to celebrate the circuit’s 60th anniversary and the many exhibits included a Michelin X-equipped Lancia Aurelia. It provided a neat tie-in with the Michelin Pilot Sport EV which will be fitted to the new-generation electric Formula E cars from the 2018/2019 championship, yet another example of how motorsport is rising to the mobility-related challenges of the future.

 

(*) Circuit de Charade hosted four Formula 1 grands prix and 10 motorcycling grands prix in the 1960s and 1970s

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One-two success at home for Toyota!

Toyota Gazoo Racing took a predictable win at Fuji Speedway, Japan, on Sunday. Top prize went to the N°7 TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez, while Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso (N°8) made it a one-two finish for the Japanese squad on home soil. Porsche/Michelin came first in both LM GTE classes. 

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Ogier claims record fifth Rally GB victory!

Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) notched up his fifth Wales Rally GB to become the most successful driver in the event’s history. The result has promoted him to second place in the provisional championship standings, seven and 14 points clear respectively of Thierry Neuville (5th, Hyundai/Michelin) and Ott Tänak (Toyota/Michelin) who didn’t have the happiest of weekends. Skoda/Michelin secured a one-two finish in WRC2.

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