WE RACE FOR CHANGE
Over the decades, we are proud to have globally demonstrated the performance of our racing tires. Today, the nature of motorsport has changed, however.
The colossal challenge we face is to develop All Sustainable mass-market tires whose design and production have a limited impact on the Earth's resources, biodiversity and CO₂ emissions, without detracting from the performance that has made the MICHELIN brand a success.
More than ever, motor racing serves as an invaluable accelerator of technological innovation. The extreme conditions that are inherent in motorsport provide us with an opportunity to innovate, experiment in record time, learn, create new solutions and accelerate the development of sustainable solutions that are of benefit to everyone.
We go racing in order to provide our partners with performance that lasts from the start to the finish line of races. Our commitment to you is to deliver outstanding driving experience that lasts from the first mile to the last thanks to tires that can to be trusted .
We go racing in order to rise to new challenges. Our tires contain increasingly higher proportions of biosourced and recycled raw materials (1). The advanced materials we develop in motorsport will go on to benefit all MICHELIN tires from 2025.
We go racing to find answers, simulate, learn from data science and surpass ourselves. Our use of simulation engineering in motorsport is in the process of being extended to tire production, resulting in significant resources and CO2 emissions savings.
The Le Mans 24 Hours - which takes place on roads normally open to everyday traffic - submits our tires to exceptional challenges, from the track's uneven surface, to sudden weather and temperature changes. Yet our tires must deliver flawless, perfectly-balanced performance, as well as safety, grip and versatility from the start of the race until the finish line!
1923: The winner of the inaugural Le Mans 24 Hours was a Chenard & Walcker fitted with MICHELIN tires. It completed the race at an average speed of 57mph. Removable tires revolutionised mobility by combining resilience, long life, comfort and user-friendliness.
1951: Patented in 1946 and marketed from 1949, MICHELIN X tires featured a revolutionary radial carcass incorporating metal belts for long-lasting safety, comfort and fuel economy. A Lancia B20 GT won its class on radial tires at the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hours.
1967: Michelin was the first to race slick tires at Le Mans. Their entirely smooth, pattern-free tread provided superior grip in dry conditions. Slicks made an immediate impact, with the Alpine A210 completing a lap in under four minutes for the first time in its class before going on to win the P1.6 classification.
1978: The Renault-Alpine A442B's victory at Le Mans in 1978 equipped with high-performance MICHELIN radial tires underlined the technology's extraordinary value. The result was followed by success in Formula 1, providing additional evidence of the superiority of radial tires and contributing to the technology becoming the industry norm worldwide.
Technological developments like the progress made in power-plant technology, from petrol and diesel engines to hybrid power units, the introduction of disc brakes and increasingly sophisticated aerodynamics all posed fresh challenges for tires. They needed to adapt to bigger constraints, including higher power outputs, loads and torque, while at the same time providing superior efficiency. Michelin’s winning record at Le Mans has matched the incredible revolution the race has seen in terms of performance. In the last 10 years alone, it has helped the headlining LMP1 prototypes to complete up to 466 miles on a single set of tires at an average speed of 149mph. That’s equivalent to the more than the distance covered by two Formula 1 grands prix!
The centenary Le Mans 24 Hours will be no exception with regard to Michelin innovations:
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(1) Michelin considers sustainable materials to be either recycled materials or bio-sourced materials renewable on the timescale of a human life, and which do not compete with the food sector. Michelin does not consider natural materials which are non-renewable on the timescale of a human life to be sustainable - such as oil. As such, some materials, although of natural mineral origin, such as silica, are not taken into account in the Michelin definition of a “sustainable material”. Recycled materials are the raw materials generated by any recycling operation by which industrial or post-consumption waste is reprocessed into products, materials, or substances. Energy reuse and the reprocessing of materials for use as energy are excluded. (Based on the definition of the European Directive for Waste).
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