Latest News From Michelin Australia
New research by the Australian Road Safety Foundation reveals the nation's attitude to road safety is declining.
12 September 2017
New research commissioned by the Australian Road Safety Foundation has revealed that one in five Australian drivers have admitted that they would only ever replace a tyre, if it was flat or undriveable. This shocking revelation has prompted Michelin Australia to give its support to the Foundation's Tread Safely Week initiative in an effort to educate road users on the dangers of worn tyres and encourage them to check the condition of their tyres regularly.
Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) founder Russell White said, 'Tread Safely Week aims to reduce road incidents caused by worn, unsafe tyres by educating all Australian road users on the important role tyres play in vehicle safety.'
'The number of drivers oblivious to the condition of their tyres was the most frightening part of this year's report' continued White. While men have accounted for more than 7 in every 10 deaths on the road this year, the research showed that 43 per cent of women leave their car safety checks to a male partner, friend or relative, which is slightly more than the statistics from two years ago.
"Unfortunately, the data tells us that more than a quarter of women - also a slight increase since our last report - believe knowledge is the biggest barrier to adequately maintaining their vehicle" White said.
"Women are far more safety conscious and account for far fewer fatalities on the road, so empowering a rise in 'femechanics' can really reduce the number of preventable crashes."
On the announcement of their support, Michelin Australia Managing Director, Cedric Binoit said "Our support of the Australian Raod Safety Foundation and its initiatives such as Tread Safely Week and the Fatality Free Friday campaign, demonstrate not only our commitment to road safety but the proactive efforts we are going to, to actively improve road safety standards in this country and abroad."
"Our aim is for a longer term community change to collectively improve road safety standards on our roads, not only through education of aspects like under inflation and tyre wear, but for all road users to harness the safety benefits and technology we invest in the development of every Michelin tyre" he continued.
Allied to the highest safety standards that characterise every Michelin tyre, the company supports numerous global measures to make our roads safer. For over a decade, Michelin has helped to improve road safety standards in numerous countries by conducting road safety awareness and training campaigns for road users. The Group is also involved either directly or in collaboration with international bodies to support global road safety initiatives. On a domestic level, Michelin Australia partners with Porsche, in particular the Porsche Kids Driving School, and with No Second Chance (N2C), a community safety program targeting Australian teens.
19 June 2017
After providing Michelin with the first of its recent sequence of victories at Le mans with Laurent Aïello, Stéphane Ortelli and Allan McNish in 1998 (Porsche 911 GT1-98), Porsche fittingly earned the French tyre firm's 20th straight victory in the endurance racing classic today.
This time round, it was Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley (N°2 Porsche 919 Hybrid) who claimed the discipline's most prestigious prize after winning the weekend's drama-packed race which was led during the hours of darkness by the N°1 Porsche 919 Hybrid (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy), in the wake of the near-simultaneous retirements of the N°7 (Conway/Kobayashi/Sarrazin) and N°9 (Lapierre/Kunimoto/Lopez) Toyota TS050-Hybrids, and after the long period spent by the N°8 Toyota (Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima) in its pits to resolve a technical issue.
During this time, the N°2 Porsche concentrated on its bid to recover the chunk of time it had lost on Saturday evening while curing a technical probelm. Undeterred, and after the race had been led briefly by an LM P2 prototype, the three drivers went on to emerge at the top of the order with one hour remaining.
Since the beginning of its uninterrupted sequence of 20 Le Mans victories in 1998, Michelin has won the Le Mans 24 Hours in association with Audi, Bentley, BMW, Peugeot and Porsche. And prior to that, it won the French marathon with McLaren, Mercedes, Alpine-Renault and Chenard & Walcker.
"This run of 20 wins shows that Michelin has succeeded in providing its partners with winning solutions that have matched the evolution of the cars and the race itself over the past two decades," observed Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon. "Our ability to think ahead and respond to new challenges has been one of the driving forces behind the new technologies we have developed over recent years and which have gradually found their way onto our road tyres".
"This approach has allowed us to build fruitful technical partnerships with the automobile world's biggest and most prestigious carmakers, and thereby foster innovations and facilitate the transfer of new technologies from the race trak to the street".
"Today, I would like to congratulate Porsche on its 19th Le Mans victory, especially since our association with the German brand goes back a very long way."
From removeable wheels and tyres, to slicks, radial tyres and solutions adapted to the first diesel-powered prototypes and the latest-generation hybrid LMP1-H cars, the list of Michelin innovations that have showcased their pertinence at Le Mans is very long, and poised to become even longer in the future. Michelin is currently working on a new generation of even more energy-efficient, connected tyres incorporating advanced biotechnologies.
19 May 2017
Michelin Australia is proud to support the Australian Road Safety Foundation in its quest to have 'Zero Deaths on Australian Roads for Just One Day'. This day is Fatality Free Friday - 26 May 217.
The annual Fatality Free Friday (FFF) campaign aims to ensure there is not a single road death in Australia for one day - Friday, 26 May 2017. Since its inception in 2007 the campaign is recognised as Australia’s only national community based road safety program and has successfully fostered community ownership, complex road safety issues and encourages those who can make a significant difference in reducing road trauma.
On the announcement of their continued support, Michelin Australia's Managing Director, Cedric Binoit, said Michelin were committed to the road safety ethos behind the 2017 FFF campaign, not only for their staff but also the wider community.
"For Michelin, the safety of road users in Australia is ever-present concern," said Mr Binoit.
"It's alarming to hear that 1,300 people lost their lives on Australian roads in 2016. Michelin are proud to continue their support of the Australian Road Safety Foundation, that aims to raise awareness of what can be done to reduce this impact. We urge everyone to take the Fatality Free Friday pledge; it is the responsibility of each of us to make our roads safer."
New statistics from the Australian Road Safety Foundation reveal that more than half of Australian drivers (58%) narrowly avoid a car crash at least once a month, while 18% of drivers said they experienced close calls on a weekly basis.
Allied to the safety which is harnessed in the development of every MICHELIN tyre, the company supports numerous global measures to make our roads safer. Michelin committed to the European Road Safety Charter in 2004 and has since helped to improve road safety in numerous countries by conducting road safety awareness and training campaigns for road users. The Group is also involved either directly or in collaboration with international bodies to support global road safety initatives.
On a domestic level, Michelin Australia partners with Porsche, in particular the Porsche Kids Driving School, and with No Second Chance (N2C) - a community safety program targeting Australian teens.
By supporting Fatality Free Friday, Michelin aims for a longer term community change. While the 2017 campaign has already amassed over 165,000 road safety pledges, Michelin urge all Australias from around the country to sign the Road Safety pledge by visiting www.fatalityfreefriday.com before Friday 26 May 2017.
7 March 2017
At the launch of the latest version of the Porsche 911 GT3, eight out of ten cars rolling off the production line will be fitted with specially developed MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 N1 ultra-high-performance tyres, in 245/35 ZR20 front and 305/30 ZR20 rear sizes.
Designed specifically for the Porsche 911 GT3, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 N1 is the latest generation of Michelin’s road-legal track tyres. Compared to its N0 marked predecessor it offers improved lap times, stability and more sporty handling, and provides drivers with a unique balance between safety and driving enjoyment that makes it suitable for everyday road use, as well as in very demanding conditions on the racetrack.
The co-development of these tyres took two and a half years and during this time the tyres were developed and fine-tuned to suit the characteristics demanded by Porsche engineers for the new 911 GT3. This resulted in tyres which offer very high grip levels, consistent performance and excellent front/rear balance, while still conforming to European regulations concerning rolling resistance (R117-2).
This extensive development process led to the production and testing of around 350 prototype tyres and included intensive track testing at Michelin’s Ladoux test centre in France, and the Nürburgring and Nardo tracks in Germany and Italy.
An innovative range of motorsport-derived technologies are used in the tyres, including multi-compound technology where different rubber compounds are used on the inner and outer sections of the tread to ensure high and consistent grip levels in a variety of weather conditions. In addition, Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0 optimises the pressure in the tyre's contact patch so the same amount of rubber is always in contact with the road or track, whether driving in a straight line or cornering.
The trust that Porsche has in the performance of this tyre range is clearly demonstrated by the fact that it is also the original equipment fitment on other Porsche models including the 918 Spyder, Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3 RS.
7 March 2017
Aston Martin has announced at Geneva that it will equip all of its Valkyrie hypercars with MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 ultra-high performance tyres in 265/35 ZR20 front and 325/30 ZR21 rear sizes.
Blurring the line between motorsport and road tyres, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 is the latest generation of road-legal track tyres specially designed for ultra-high performance cars that are used on road and track.
With its high-power, high-downforce, low-weight philosophy the Aston Martin Valkyrie promises to redefine the limits of road car performance and in order to explore these limits on a race track, the Valkyrie will put unprecedented demands on its tyres.
The MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 uses an innovative range of motorsport-derived technologies such as Bi-Compound technology, which involves the use of different rubber compounds on the inner and outer sections of the tread and Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0, which optimises pressure in the tyre's contact patch so the same amount of rubber is always in contact with the road or track. This means that whether driving in a straight line or cornering, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 offers drivers a unique balance between safety and driving enjoyment that makes it suitable for everyday road use as well as in very demanding conditions on the racetrack. To achieve this level of performance, Michelin engineers focused on simultaneously improving performance in different areas in-line with the Group’s Total Performance strategy.
As a result of this strategy, compared to its predecessor the Pilot Sport Cup+, the Pilot Sport Cup 2 lasts up to 50 per cent longer on track while offering faster lap times*, improves resistance to aquaplaning in wet weather and maintains high levels of driver safety and enjoyment.
6 February 2017
Bathurst, Australia - A Michelin-shod Mercedes-AMG GT R has set a new production car lap record of Bathurst's famous Mount Panorama circuit.
Experienced Mercedes-AMG factory driver Bernd Schneider, lapped the 6.2km circuit in just 2min 16.5secs in the second of two officially timed sessions ahead of the 2017 LiquiMoly Bathurst 12 Hour Race.
The AMG GT R was equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. The German's time eclipses the production car lap record of 2min 24.03sec, set by Schneider in 2015 driving a Mercedes-AMG GT S.
Last year the AMG GT R lapped the Nüburgring Nordschleife in a time of 7min 10.9sec, which is faster than any other road-going sports car ever tested by German motoring magazine Sport-Auto.
Click here to watch the Mercedes-AMG GT R set the lap record.