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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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The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV: approved for the new Formula E championship!

A test session at Issoire, near Clermont-Ferrand, France, on April 14-16, 2014, enabled Michelin to sign off the new tyre that will feature in the brand-new FIA Formula E World Championship for electric single-seater racing cars which kicks off later this year.

The first sound you hear is a click of the transmission system, followed by a long, turbine-like whistle as the driver unleashes the 200kW of the Spark-Renault SRT 01-E that will star in the new FIA Formula E World Championship.

 

The new car was put through its paces this week (April 14-16) at the CEERTA circuit in Issoire, near Clermont-Ferrand, France, just a few kilometres from Michelin’s headquarters.

 

The technical staff of the company’s motorsport department used the run to sign off the final specification of the tyre that will equip the 40 single-seater racing cars which will contest the inaugural Formula E series. “We looked at a number of circuits for this important test, but Issoire was actually quite representative of the street circuits that the new championship will visit, both in terms of the speeds the cars reach and the surface,” notes Estelle Perrier who is in charge of developing the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV.

 

Test driver Emmanuel Collard was entrusted with evaluating the performance of the different tyres under scrutiny during the runs he completed in the Spark-Renault SRT 01-E round the 2.474km track, in dry and wet conditions. His feedback after trying each set and the data that was collected were then analysed by Michelin‘s development specialists… “What I find impressive about the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV is that you don’t feel the tyre move about, despite the fact that it has a patterned tread,” observed Collard. “It really feels like a slick, and its performance in the wet is exceptional.”

Indeed, the performance of the new Michelin tyre in the wet is less than 10% off what it is on a dry track, an achievement which is unique in the world of motor racing. Meanwhile, the unprecedented concept of using an interior diameter of 18 inches for a single-seater racing car tyre ensures exceptional versatility since there is less friction and the covers are subjected to less deformation, and these qualities combine to enhance their energy efficiency.

The tyre’s basic specification was decided after six months of simulation work by Michelin’s engineers. “Thanks to the use of advanced simulation tools, we were able to make extremely good progress. We started with around 100 possible solutions to meet the challenge we faced. Ten of these were tested on machines and five were actually track tested,” says Michelin Motorsport director Pascal Couasnon.

The research and innovation process lasted a full year, at the end of which Michelin selected the best solution for the championship’s landmark inaugural season.

The next step will be an official test for the 10 teams registered for the championship at Donington, England.

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Michelin on the virtual racing front

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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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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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