FIA WEC

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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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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The MICHELIN Pilot Sport ready for the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife challenge

Michelin is looking to extend its score of 20 Nürburgring 24 Hours victories at this year’s running of the German classic around the circuit’s awesome Nordschleife on June 3-6. The entry features 125 cars and the leading GT3 runners (Porsche 911, Audi R8 LMS, Mercedes AMG, BMW M6, Ferrari 488, Lamborghini Huracan) will benefit from the long-lasting performance characteristics of Michelin’s endurance racing tire range.

Having been postponed until September in 2020 owing to the pandemic, this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours has reverted to the traditional late-spring slot and spectators will be allowed back to line the infamous 25.378-kilometer loop through Germany’s Eifel Mountains.

“It’s the longest and most exacting circuit in the world,” notes Pierre Alves, manager of Michelin Motorsport’s endurance racing programmes. “It’s an undulating track with a bit of everything, from sweeping corners to tight turns and long straights, plus the spectacular Karrusel banking.

“Its numerous compressions add to the challenge faced by tires, while the GT3 cars leave the ground entirely over certain crests. The weather can be changeable and the circuit’s length can complicate tire choice, since one portion of the track may be wet and another completely dry.

“Our partners in the front-running class will have a choice between cold-weather medium, medium and hot-weather medium MICHELIN Pilot Sport slicks, plus two rain tires: a full wet and one for drying conditions. They are all technologically advanced products engineered to deliver long-lasting performance.”

In addition to its 20 wins, Michelin holds both the race’s distance record (4,035km / Audi / 2014) and the fastest race-lap record (8m17.340s / 183kph / Porsche / 2018). Michelin runners also dominate the Nürburgring Endurance Series which uses the Nordschleife all-year round. The first two races of 2021 were won by Porsche and Michelin.

The majority of the 34 GT3 entries in the premier class will compete on Michelin rubber and the carmakers involved have again committed significant resources in their attempt to secure the top prize. The chances of BMW and Porsche have been delegated to three and six teams respectively, while there are no fewer than seven Audi R8 LMSs and the same number of Mercedes AMGs, not to mention the Ferrari 488s and Lamborghini Huracans.

The 2021 Nürburgring 24 Hours will start at 3.30pm local time on Saturday, June 5.

FIA Formula E

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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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.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Quartararo wins as Michelin posts more records at Assen

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) took his fourth win of the 2021 MotoGPTM campaign at Round 9, the Motul TT Assen. The championship leader finished clear of team-mate Maverick Viñales and the outgoing champ Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTA). The grip and consistency of the MICHELIN Power Slick range contributed to the establishment of new track-lap, fastest race-lap and race-duration records for the Dutch venue.  

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. 

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