Michelin’s decade of innovation and success in motorsport

In the course of the past 10 years, Michelin’s increasingly sophisticated, energy-efficient, consistent and, now, connected tyres collected more than 300 world-class victories in disciplines as varied as MotoGP, endurance racing, rallying and Formula E. 

Michelin’s first Formula 1 world titles

In 1979, Michelin demonstrated the superiority of its radial tyre technology by claiming the first of its titles in the Formula 1 World Championship. Forty years on, the French firm continues to see motorsport as a means to innovate and take its technologies forward, especially in competitions that place the accent on sustainable mobility and lasting performance. 

The fuel-cell-powered LMPH2G on track with Michelin

The Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped LMPH2G lapped and refuelled in race conditions during the weekend’s Michelin Le Mans Cup meeting at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.

 

Following its presentation at the same circuit this time last year, racing’s first hydrogen-fuelled prototype completed a parade lap (13.629km) ahead of June’s Le Mans 24 Hours and has run in several private test sessions.

Last Friday, (September 20), the H24Racing-developed machine took part in a Free Practice session for the Michelin Le Mans Cup round at Spa-Francorchamps. For its first outing in racing conditions, it shared the track with 28 other cars (LMP3 prototypes and GT3s) after being submitted to the FIA and ACO’s safety checks and crash test (hydrogen tank, battery, etc.).

In the hands of Norman Nato and Olivier Lombard, the LMPH2G completed 20 laps (around 140km) and refuelled four times at Total’s mobile hydrogen rig which injects hydrogen into the prototype at a pressure of 350 bar.

Mchelin is a partner of the MissionH24 project which seeks to see fuel-cell-powered cars compete at Le Mans by 2024. The LMPH2G sits on Michelin Pilot Sport tyres (front: 30/68-18 / rear: 31/71-18), while its fuel cell – which converts hydrogen into electricity – was designed by Symbio, a Michelin Group subsidiary since last February. Based near Grenoble, France, Symbio specialises in the conception of hydrogen kits for different types of electric vehicle.

MOTOGP™

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.

24H du Mans

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.

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.

FIA WRC

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

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