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Le Mans 2020 put back 98 days

Initially scheduled for the weekend of June 13-14, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed until mid-September due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 1968 race was also held in September and saw Michelin provide new radial tyres for its partner Alpine.

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A second straight 1-2 finish for Toyota/Michelin at Le Mans

Toyota Gazoo Racing claimed a second one-two finish at Le Mans to earn a 22nd consecutive win for its partner Michelin in the famous French endurance race. Victory ended up in the hands of the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, ahead of the N°7 sister car, while winning drivers Buemi, Nakajima and Alonso wrapped up the 2018/2019 FIA WEC title. The top-three was rounded out by the N°11 BR1/Michelin. Michelin topped the order in LMP2, too, with Alpine (Lapierre/Negrao/Thiriet), as well as in LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am with Ferrari (Pier Guidi/Calado/Serra) and Ford (Keating/Bleekemolen/Fraga) respectively. The 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours provided Michelin with the ideal opportunity to showcase the long-lasting performance credentials of its Pilot Sport Endurance tyres.

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Sixty-two entries for last Le Mans to star hybrid LMP1 prototypes

Le Mans organiser ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has listed the 62 entries that have been invited to take part in the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours on June 13-14. More than 50 cars will contest the race on Michelin rubber. The French firm is targeting its 23rd straight win in La Sarthe and its 29th in total. Hybrid LMP1 prototypes will appear for the last time.

From a shortlist of 75, the ACO has accepted 62 entries to participate in this year’s endurance classic which has long served as a Tech Lab for Michelin to develop and showcase the durability of its racing rubber which ultimately benefits its production tyres. Appropriately, the 13.629km-long French circuit uses a combination of a conventional track and ordinary roads!

This year’s Le Mans 24 Hours will mark the end of an era since it will be the last to feature LMP1 hybrid prototypes. The 2020/2021 FIA World Endurance Championship, which starts in September, will effectively run to new technical regulations for the premier class and Michelin has been chosen as the tyre manufacturer for this stimulating new challenge.

For those carmakers who, like Michelin, are committed to promoting responsible mobility, Le Mans is the ideal platform to innovate in a way that reduces the sport’s impact on the environment. In keeping with this mission, Michelin Pilot Sport Endurance-equipped hybrid LMP1 prototypes have established a long list of new records over recent years, including a fourfold reduction in their fuel consumption, while the number of tyres required for the 24-hour ordeal has been slashed by a fifth.

Another chapter the 2020 race will bring to a close is Michelin’s successful record with these superlative prototypes. Since the FIA WEC’s creation in 2012, it has harvested 57 victories with Audi, Toyota and Porsche. During this time, the hybrid LMP1s have run exclusively on Michelin rubber, despite the class being open to competition between tyre brands.

The first of Michelin’s successes during this spell was at Le Mans in 2012 when Audi and Michelin recorded the first win of a four-wheel drive, electric/combustion-engined prototype. Before that, the two partners had innovated with the successful introduction of diesel power in world-class motor racing in 2006. It was only logical, therefore, that Audi should turn to Michelin for its hybrid programme and the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro/Michelin notched up 15 victories.

In 2014, Porsche chose Michelin for its return to endurance racing’s premier class with the Porsche 919 Hybrid which claimed 17 FIA WEC wins and three Le Mans triumphs in a row.

It is with hybrid pioneer Toyota, though, that Michelin has scored the highest number of WEC wins, namely 26 with three different cars.

Meanwhile, for the final appearance of LMP2 prototypes at Le Mans, Michelin will supply 17 of the cars in this category, since numerous teams have chosen to benefit from Michelin’s lasting performance for this exceptionally exacting fixture. Michelin is also proud to be working with this year’s only all-lady prototype entry.

Last but by no means least, another thrilling battle between prestigious carmakers Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Corvette is to be expected in LM GTE Pro and LMGTE Am.

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Michelin on the virtual racing front

The coronavirus pandemic has obviously brought real motorsport to a halt, but many of Michelin’s driver partners have been keeping their eye in thanks to virtual races like Sebring SuperSaturday, e-Sport MotoGP and Porsche Supercup Virtual Edition.

FIA WRC

Rally Mexico Win #6 for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC to victory this weekend to earn his sixth success in Mexico. However, Round 3 of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship was brought to an early close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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FIA WRC - 2020 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

The Rally Mexico is the season’s opening gravel round and a big challenge for the Michelin tyres! Get our racecard to find out more about the 3rd round of the 2020

FIA Formula E

Da Costa (DS Techeetah/Michelin) takes Marrakech laurels

Antonio Felix Da Costa steered his Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped DS E-Tense FE20 to victory in Marrakesh, home of Round 5 of the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Morocco, Africa’s number one nation in terms of renewable energy, has hosted Formula E action every year since 2016.

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