Latest News From Michelin Australia
8 March 2016
Just like buying a new property is all about 'location, location, location', shopping for new car tyres is all about safety, safety, safety. As the only thing seperating your vehicle, and you, from the surface of the road, you really can't understate the importance of a good, reliable set of tyres.
So which car tyres are rated highest by Australian motorists? Each year, Canstar Blue surveys 3,000 adults and asks those who have purchased new tyres within the last 24 months to provide their opinions based on a number of factors, from handling performance and stopping ability to tyre life and value for money. Our aim is make you as informed as possible when it comes to purchasing something so important, and our ratings represent the car tyre reviews of motorists just like you.
In 2016, we’re able to report that Michelin tyres have been rated highest by Aussie drivers. Not only did the brand – best known for its ‘Michelin Man’ mascot – achieve a resounding victory in this year’s ratings, but it also topped the table in 2015 along with another brand. This year, however, Michelin stands alone at the top of the ratings. It also currently holds the title for highest rated motorcycle tyres, so you can feel confident that you’re in safe hands.
Extensive trials carried out by the DEKRA Automobile Test Centre in Germany have shown Michelin summer car tyres last an average of over 8,000 kilometres longer than the average mileage for a group of well-known competitor brands1.
The trial was conducted over a two-year period and included rigorous testing of Michelin’s Energy Saver +, Latitude Sport 3, Pilot Sport 42 and Primacy 3 tyres versus comparable fitments from brands such as Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Hankook, Nokian, Pirelli and Vredestein.
The DEKRA results demonstrated that a set of Michelin tyres travelled an average of 8,009 kilometres further before needing to be replaced – roughly the equivalent of driving from Melbourne to Broome.
Commenting on the results, Andy Fern, Michelin’s Head of Fleet, says: “this performance advantage is equivalent to an extra seven months3 of motoring for an average Australian vehicle. That represents a very real saving in expenditure and downtime for fleet managers.
“It is further evidence of why Michelin tyres remain such a popular choice for fleets and leasing companies. Downtime has always been a key consideration for fleets, and for leasing companies an 8,000 kilometre advantage per set of tyres can have a noticeable impact on the total number of tyres fitted over the life of the contract. There’s also a sound environmental argument for fitting the brand of tyre which will last the longest.”
Michelin invests more than $1 Billion in research and development every year, which enables it to design new generations of tyres offering the optimum blend of longevity, fuel-efficiency, safety, road handling and comfort – an essential combination of factors known as ‘Michelin Total Performance’.
1* Test results conducted by DEKRA TEST CENTRE at the request of Michelin, in 2014 or 2015 depending on the ranges, gap between average miles for Michelin ranges (Michelin Energy Saver +, Michelin Pilot Sport 4, Michelin Primacy 3, Michelin Pilot Super Sport, Michelin CrossClimate, Michelin Latitude Sport 3) and average miles for competitors' tyres: Bridgestone (Ecopia EP150, Potenza S001, Turanza T001, Dueler H/P Sport), Continental (ContiEcoContact 5, ContiSportContact 5, ContiPremiumContact 5, ContiSportContact 5P AO, ContiSportContact 5 SUV), Dunlop (Sport BluResponse, Sport Maxx RT, SP QuattroMaxx), Goodyear (EfficientGrip Performance, Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2, Vector 4Seasons Gen-2, Eagle F1 Asymmetric SUV), Pirelli (Cinturato P1 Verde Ecoimpact, P Zero, Cinturato P7 Ecoimpact, P Zero Silver, Cinturato All Season, P Zero Rosso), Hankook (Kinergy 4S, Ventus S1 Evo2 SUV), Vredestein (Quatrac 5), Nokian (Weatherproof), rounded to the nearest 100 miles. Actual calculated average = 4,977 miles
2Pilot Sport 4 will be released in Australia from October 2016
Reigning Dakar winner to tackel the Finke Desert Race on two and four wheels
3 June 2016
Michelin and Toby Price - it's a winning combination on two-wheels. So when Price decided to enter Australia’s toughest off road challenge on four wheels for the first time, it was an easy decision to use the Michelin Group’s specialist off-road brand, BFGoodrich Tires.
For his first foray in an off road racing Trophy Truck, Price will use the BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 at this month’s Finke Desert Race. The tyre has an excellent pedigree around the world including multiple victories in the Baja 1000.
In addition to his first run there on four wheels, Price will also be chasing his fifth win on two wheels. Price will run Michelin tyres on his KTM at Finke, just as he did when he claimed the ultimate prize of Dakar Rally Champion earlier this year.
Set in the heart of Australia, the Finke Desert Race has a reputation as one of the most challenging off-road courses in the world. For the Michelin Group, this provides an excellent opportunity to put their tyres to the ultimate test explained the company’s Australian Managing Director, Cedric Binoit.
“When we heard what Toby was going to attempt our first thought was that he was crazy, but then excitement about the challenge took over,” said Mr Binoit.
“For us, the best test bed for our new technology is racing – what we learn at the highest level is used to design and develop our non-competition tyres. This is clearly seen in the transfer of technology such as Core Guard from our KR2 race tyres into the BFGoodrich All Terrain KO2.
“The MICHELIN StarCross 5 tyres were designed based on feedback from riders of all levels, including World Champions, who shared their experiences in extreme conditions with Michelin Motorsport and world-class research and development teams that jointly worked on its development.
“The demands Finke places on the tyres fitted to any vehicle, be it a bike, buggy, or truck, are extreme, so to win requires the best equipment. We have a long history of success there with both BFGoodrich Tires and Michelin and we hope our tyres deliver Toby the performance he needs.”
Trophy Truck: BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 (37×12.50R17):
The BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 is an evolutionary design of the most successful tyre in SCORE desert racing history, the BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR. It features a new tread pattern, profile, and sidewall design for improved traction, steering response, and overall performance.
It has multiple wins around the world, including the Baja 1000 in 2014 and 2015. The tyre made its Australian debut at Finke last year, with Jack Rhodes and David Pullino finishing second in their Rhodes Racing Jimco buggy. They claimed the tyres first victory on Australian soil in the following round of the Australian Off Road Championship.
Bikes: MICHELIN Desert Race / MICHELIN StarCross 5 + the MICHELIN Bib Mousse
The MICHELIN Desert Race’s advanced technology has helped it to win the last six Dakar titles, including this year with Toby Price. True to Michelin’s reputation for durability and versatility, the Desert Race provides grip and manoeuvrability on all types of terrain, even on rocky ground.
These will be combined with the MICHELIN Bib Mousse run-flat system which replaces the air inside the cover with a foam insert that simulates a tyre pressure of 1.2 bar. This simple, high-tech solution is lighter than an inner-tube and is capable of withstanding the high temperatures generated by bikes’ high speeds, while at the same time soaking up the inevitable repeated knocks.
Opening round of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia a scorcher.
6 March 2016
The opening round of the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia has been run and won at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, with Porsche and Michelin successfully demonstrating the strength of their partnership.
Held in extreme heat, the ambient temperature was in the high 30s all weekend peaking at 38 degrees during the third and final Porsche race of the weekend. The Michelin tyres chosen by Porsche yet again were up to the test.
In an eventful start to the season it was Nick McBride that claimed the round victory. Behind him was Michael Almond in second place. For Michael it was a great weekend, claiming not only his first round podium, but also his first race victory in the final race of the round. In third place on the podium was the 2015 Championship runner up Matt Campbell.
Round winner McBride was really pleased to have such a strong start to the season.
“To kick this season off with a round win is a real credit to the whole Sonic Motor Racing team and the work they put in. It was tough out there this weekend with the extreme heat, everyone and every part of our Porsche has to work harder in these conditions,” explained Nick.
“Our Michelin tyres performed really well all weekend. Even in Race 3 on tyres that had already completed qualifying and a full race distance in extreme temperatures, we had no issues. We were able to run at the same pace at the end of the race as we did at the start.”
Designed in conjunction with Porsche specifically for the Porsche GT3 Cup car, the Michelin tyre must meet every challenge Porsche racing sets around the world. With very hot ambient temperatures, well into the 30’s for most sessions, the conditions were very tough.
The teams, especially those that suffered accident damage now have a very tight turn around before they hit the track again for round two of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia. The round will be held as a part of the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne on 17 - 20 March.
For more information about Porsche Carrera Cup Australia please visit; www.carreracup.com.au
Michelin: Official Tyre Partner of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia 3 March 2016 The start of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship marks another season of the strong partnership between Michelin and Porsche in Australia. For the 12th season, Michelin will be the Official Tyre Partner of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia and, this weekend be the Event Partner for the championship's 2016 season opener at the Clipsal 500. The partnership extended further than Carrera Cup Australia; Porsche entrusts Michelin to provide tyres for its most high-performance road-going models and, more recently, to partner Porsche in its bid for its 17th Le Mans 24 Hours victory. Porsche claimed the French sports car classic in 2015 alongside Michelin, along with becoming the 2015 FIA World Endurance Manufacturers’ Champion. Now, as the Carrera Cup championship embarks on its 2016 season opening round in Adelaide, the partnership continues to thrive. “It’s great to enter another Carrera Cup season with Michelin as our Official Tyre Partner,” said Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager, Kurt Sakzewski. “The current model Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is a favourite with many drivers around Australia, which is best experienced when coupled with a set of Michelin Cup N2 tyres. “We have a great tyre product in Michelin, providing extreme grip, longevity and consistency to our Porsche championship and enhancing the driving experience for all our racers.” Michelin Australia Managing Director, Cedric Binoit, is pleased to continue the strong partnership in Australia. “Michelin and Porsche are bound by very strong commercial and technological ties. Michelin has developed specific tyres to equip the brand’s sportiest road-going models, as well as acting as the exclusive tyre supplier to all Porsche Carrera Cups and other events organised by Porsche clubs around the world,” said Binoit. “I’m looking forward to another great season in partnership with Porsche in the 2016 Carrera Cup Australia season.” The eight-round 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia season begins today at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
Porsche and Michelin on track for another successful season
The Porsche/Michelin partnership in figures:
2 x Le Mans 24 Hours victories
1 x FIA World Endurance Manufacturers’ Championship
1 x FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Championship
6 x FIA World Endurance Championship victories
1 x American Le Mans Series Manufacturers’ Championship
1 x American Le Mans Series Drivers’ Championship
13 x American Le Mans Series victories
6 x Nürburgring 24 Hours victories
1 x 24 Hours of Spa victory
Michelin: Official Tyre Partner of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia
3 March 2016
The start of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship marks another season of the strong partnership between Michelin and Porsche in Australia.
For the 12th season, Michelin will be the Official Tyre Partner of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia and, this weekend be the Event Partner for the championship's 2016 season opener at the Clipsal 500.
The partnership extended further than Carrera Cup Australia; Porsche entrusts Michelin to provide tyres for its most high-performance road-going models and, more recently, to partner Porsche in its bid for its 17th Le Mans 24 Hours victory.
Porsche claimed the French sports car classic in 2015 alongside Michelin, along with becoming the 2015 FIA World Endurance Manufacturers’ Champion.
Now, as the Carrera Cup championship embarks on its 2016 season opening round in Adelaide, the partnership continues to thrive.
“It’s great to enter another Carrera Cup season with Michelin as our Official Tyre Partner,” said Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager, Kurt Sakzewski.
“The current model Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is a favourite with many drivers around Australia, which is best experienced when coupled with a set of Michelin Cup N2 tyres.
“We have a great tyre product in Michelin, providing extreme grip, longevity and consistency to our Porsche championship and enhancing the driving experience for all our racers.”
Michelin Australia Managing Director, Cedric Binoit, is pleased to continue the strong partnership in Australia.
“Michelin and Porsche are bound by very strong commercial and technological ties. Michelin has developed specific tyres to equip the brand’s sportiest road-going models, as well as acting as the exclusive tyre supplier to all Porsche Carrera Cups and other events organised by Porsche clubs around the world,” said Binoit.
“I’m looking forward to another great season in partnership with Porsche in the 2016 Carrera Cup Australia season.”
The eight-round 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia season begins today at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
16 February 2016
Having become the official FIM MotoGP™ World Championship tyre supplier in 2016, Michelin extend their involvement in the MotoGP™ category as they become the title sponsor of the Australian GP.
The Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix will take place on the 23rd of October and is always a fan favourite. The Phillip Island circuit was first part of the Grand Prix calendar in 1989 and has produced some of the most incredible races in recent decades. 2015 produced a particularly unforgettable battle as four riders swapped positions for the win.
Bibendum, the Michelin Man, will of course be in attendance at the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix with further signage throughout the circuit. This agreement further emphasises the dedication of Michelin to the MotoGP™ championship, the Australian GP one of the most popular races amongst fans and riders.
The Phillip Island circuit will push the new Michelin tyres to their limits as MotoGP™ riders race down the Gardner Straight and into Doohan Corner with speeds reaching almost 350 km/h down the straight. With extensive testing having already been performed there is little doubt the French built tyres will once again help to producing jaw dropping action.
Gary Guthrie, Michelin President 2-wheel tyre division declared: "Michelin is back in MotoGP this year to take up a new technological challenge that will help us to enhance the performance of our road tyres of tomorrow in line with our ‘track to street’ policy. Michelin is currently expanding in all its Asian/Pacific markets where motorcycling is often the most common form of private transport. The opportunity DORNA has given us to associate Michelin with the Australian GP, which is one of the MotoGP rounds that bikers from all over the planet invariably look forward to the most eagerly, is a tremendous lever for us. It will enable us to reinforce the bond and engagement that exists between the Michelin brand and bikers right across this part of the world.
Pau Serracanta, Managing Director, Commercial Area at Dorna Sports, added: “To come as the title sponsor of a Grand Prix as iconic as the Australian GP demonstrates the true dedication that Michelin have to the FIM MotoGP World Championship. We have had great races around Phillip Island for almost three decades and thanks to Michelin tyres this looks set to continue. Tyres are one of the most critical parts of a motorcycle and we are pleased to help Michelin develop their tyres for the road with the research and data they gather via MotoGP.”
The exceptional high speed, long run performance of the Michelin GT tyres was on display at this weekend’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
In one of the toughest races of the year, Michelin tyres have delivered the exceptional performance that they have become known for on this track – long lasting, consistent, and safe – delivering everything the drivers needed to perform on track.
This weekend saw Michelin’s Motorsport Manager Pascal Couasnon make his first trip to Bathurst.
“Congratulations to our partners at the Bathurst 12 Hour! We are proud to have four cars in the top five today – and of course to we are proud to have helped our Porsche partners to finish 1st and 3rd in Class B,” said Mr Couasnon.
“All our partners this weekend ran our commercial GT tyres, or the tyre we run in Carrera Cup racing. These are the same tyres that our partners run around the world in all conditions, and we are pleased to have delivered such a strong performance.”
From Friday, the Michelin technicians were working with their partner teams to determine the best strategy for the race. It became clear that not only would the Michelin tyres be able to easily manage a double stint, but that the performance would be consistent throughout the stint. Indeed the fastest lap of the day was set on tyres that had done over 600km.
During the race this performance was particularly evident with the majority of their partners setting their quickest lap times towards the end of double stints. This included the NISMO team, who set the quickest lap time of their race on lap 296, just one lap before they crossed the line to finish second. This time was set when the track was still very hot, and after the tyres had been run for two full stints.
Erebus Motorsport also saw particularly impressive performance of their soft Michelin tyres, running three stints, 551.8km, or 88 laps on one set in the early part of the race. This was achieved by the #36 while running at the front of the field at a high pace.
This weekend also saw Michelin join forces with long-time partner, and reigning Le Mans 24 Hour winner, Earl Bamber in a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Car. The combination of Bamber, Porsche and Michelin again proved unbeatable, with the Grove Racing team winning by 15 laps.
The team saw exceptional tyre life from their Michelin tyres, using just four new sets during the race.
“It was awesome to be back here at the Mountain with the Grove Racing team, and especially to win so convincingly,” said Bamber.
“The Michelin tyres; they were amazing! I think it is the first time I have triple stinted a set of standard Michelin GT tyres! I even managed to set our quickest lap of the race after 80 laps - that’s close to 500km. We had no issues at all during the race and I have to thank the Michelin team for their support this weekend.”
For Pascal and the rest of the Michelin team, they are already looking forward to returning to the Mountain next year.
“This was my first visit to Bathurst and I have been very impressed! Mt Panorama is an iconic track and it certainly has not left me disappointed! We look very much to return next year to do battle again,” said Mr Couasnon.
The performance of the Michelin tyres at the Bathurst 12 Hour both in terms of outright speed, and the ability to double, and even triple stint on occasions, has been reflected in the success of their partners.
For the 2016 race, Michelin have their standard GT race tyre that is run all over the world, specifically our S7L and S8L, with the S7L being the softer tyre.
The Michelin ‘L’ tyre offers greater tyre life, higher performance sustainability, and improved warm up. These characteristics combine to deliver better driving comfort, and ultimately a quicker lap time.
Technically speaking, the new Michelin ‘L’ range has been designed to feature a softer carcass, reinforced crown stiffness, along with a new compound.
Through a gradual and limited degradation, the new tyre allows drivers to more easily control the behaviour of their car. Testing has demonstrated that the Michelin Pilot Sport S9L allows for a durability gain of up to 20% compared with the previous generation tyre, while maintaining the same timekeeping performance.
What is MICHELIN Total Performance?
With a racing pedigree built on championship and race wins across the globe, the Michelin name is synonymous with delivering quality products that perform well, are safe and reliable, and are durable.
These critical elements of performance are not only specific to racing, but are also key priorities for all drivers. For this reason, after being tested in the extreme conditions of a race track, innovations that help our race partners are then transferred into Michelin passenger car tyres.
The philosophy of “MICHELIN Total Performance” reconciles qualities that some believe to be conflicting by virtue of technology. It is a principle that is at the heart of Michelin's research and development strategy globally.
BMW M has announced that its M2 MotoGP Safety Car will take to the racetracks of the world in 2016 shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres in 245/35 ZR 19 front and 265/35 ZR 19 rear sizes.
In 2016, Michelin makes a return to MotoGP as the sole tyre supplier and this partnership with BMW means that not only will the race bikes be showcasing Michelin’s technological leadership, but it will also be demonstrated on the Safety Car that makes an appearance at the start of each race.
The Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are constructed using technologies developed in races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and this will ensure that the Safety Car drivers will be able to safely maintain high circuit speeds whenever it takes to the track.
The tyres feature a unique combination of three Michelin technologies: an aramid belt, the Bi-Compound tread band and the Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0.
The aramid belt used in the Pilot Sport Cup 2 is made of a high-density fibre primarily used in aeronautics and protective military gear, whose key feature is its high strength. Strong and light at the same time, aramid is five times more resistant than steel at an equivalent weight. Due to its variable tension, the belt is tighter in the tread area compared to the shoulders, centrifugal force is more effectively controlled and pressure is more evenly distributed ensuring a consistent contact patch shape, even at very high speeds.
Bi-Compound technology uses different rubber compounds on the left and right sides of the tread. On the outer shoulder, an elastomer ensures exceptional endurance during cornering, while on the inside, a different elastomer combines with a special tread design to enable the tyre, on wet surfaces, to break through the water’s surface and adhere to even the slightest irregularities in the road.
The innovative feature of the Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0 is that it changes shape depending on real-time driving conditions, thereby guaranteeing total vehicle control. In this way, even as the patch’s shape changes when cornering, the amount of rubber in contact with the track surface remains the same.
From its market launch in early 2016, the BMW M2 Coupe road cars will be equipped exclusively with specially developed versions of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, in the same 245/35 ZR 19 front and 265/35 ZR 19 rear sizes as used by the Safety Car.
The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 makes a considerable contribution to the dynamic abilities of the BMW M2 Safety Car and, at the same time, ensures impressive ride comfort and tyre life. This performance balance reflects the successful transfer of technology from track to street, as well as close cooperation with the car manufacturer, initiated several years ago for the BMW M5 project and seen on recent BMW M models including the M3, M4, M6, X5 M and X6 M.
Porsche and Michelin clinch the 2015 FIA WEC Drivers’ title and LM GTE Cups in Bahrain to add to their 2015 Manufacturers’ title.
22 November 2015
The 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) has been run and won, with Michelin’s partner Porsche claiming the top prize in both the LM P1 and LM GTE Pro classes.
The performance, durability and versatility of Michelin’s 2015 range of endurance racing tyres was on display all year. From the high grip they delivered in cold weather at Silverstone and Spa, the quadruple-plus stints they permitted in LM P1 at Le Mans, to their consistency and ability to double stint at the most exacting circuits in high temperatures.
Leading the way for Porsche and Michelin was Australian Mark Webber and teammates, Kiwi Brendon Hartley and German Timo Bernhard in the N°17 Porsche LMP1. The trio have dominated the latter half of the season, but things did not go all their way in the final race of the year.
As has been the case all year, it was Michelin partners Audi and Porsche out in front for the 6 Hours of Bahrain which started in daylight and ended after nightfall as the two German teams diced for the 2015 Drivers’ title which changed hands several times.
The Championship fight looked over for the N°17 Porsche 919 Hybrid when it was forced to pit with a throttle issue on lap 17. They were able to rejoin the race, but only after spending close to 15 minutes in the garage. From there it was going to be an uphill battle to claim the points they needed to win the drivers’ Championship.
Lotterer/Fässler/Tréluyer (N°7 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro), gave everything they had in their bid to win the Drivers’ crown. They ended up having to settle for second place in the race behind Dumas/Jani/Lieb (N°18 Porsche 919 Hybrid) who made the most of their car’s efficiency to produce a surefooted display, and win the 2015 6 Hours of Bahrain.
The drivers of both teams contributed to a thrilling race which provided some breath-taking passing manoeuvres, differing race strategies and some exceptional driving skill.
With persistent technical problems threatening to end any hope they had, the N°17 Porsche did just enough to cross the line in 5th place and win the 2015 Drivers’ Championship - a fitting reward for their wins at the Nürburgring, Austin, Fuji and Shanghai.
The FIA World Endurance Championship offers Michelin not just the challenge of providing tyres developed to meet the specific needs of its different manufacturer teams, it also permits open competition between tyre firms. Michelin yet again enabled all of its partners and drivers to fight at the sharp end in the course of the 2015 season.
“I would like to congratulate Porsche on its multiple Championship titles, and I am proud of the role Michelin played in its success,” said Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon.
“We work closely with all of our partners and we were at their side throughout this year’s FIA WEC which was of an extremely high level in both sporting and technological terms. This year saw a significant step forward, especially the LM P1 prototypes which boasted power outputs and aerodynamic downforce of an unprecedented level.”
“Once again, the 6 Hours of Bahrain showcased Michelin’s capacity to develop tyres that match the different needs of its partners and the specific challenge of each circuit,” notes Jérôme Mondain, manager of Michelin’s endurance racing programme.
“The bigger selection we had in Bahrain enabled Audi and Porsche to run different race strategies and offset pit-stop schedules.”
Porsche and Michelin win the LM GTE Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ titles.
The 6 Hours of Bahrain also saw the Stuttgart firm take the top prize in LM GTE Pro.
While the N°92 Porsche 911 RSR of Pilet/Makowiecki failed to figure well in qualifying, it went on to dominate the race. Patrick Pilet, who was nominated to start, overtook several cars to appear in front after half-an-hour. Fellow Frenchman Frédéric Makowiecki then finished off the job to collect the win ahead of the N°51 Ferrari 458 Italia (Bruni/Vilander) which failed to match the lap times of the German machine.
Rigon/Calado (N°71 Ferrari 458 Italia) were initially slightly off the pace but they fought back to pass the Aston Martins before a pit-stop problem put paid to their remaining chances of winning the Drivers’ title and clinching the top Manufacturers’ prize for the Italian make.
The winner of the 2015 FIA Drivers’ title was Richard Lietz (N°91 Porsche 919 RSR), even though the consistent Austrian could manage no better than fifth in Bahrain.
LM GTE Am honours for SMP Racing and Michelin
The LM GTE Am Trophy went to SMP Racing’s Shaytar/Bertolini/Basov who benefited from a perfectly-managed season by the Sergey Zlobin-run squad. Along with the skilled Andrea Bertolini, the two Russian drivers succeeded in warding off the threat of fellow Ferrari runners Perrodo/Collard/Cressoni (AF Corse), the latter standing in for Aguas at the season’s finale.
For Michelin, it will take a moment to reflect on the achievements of 2015, but it will soon be back working on their 2016 campaign.
“It has been a successful year in terms of the lessons we have learnt and the titles we have won,” concludes Pascal Couasnon.
“Michelin is already preparing for 2016 when the GTE Pro cars will not only be more powerful, but will also generate between 10 and 15 percent more aerodynamic downforce. There will be improvements to the LM P1 cars, too, and our development engineers are already working on these changes.”
2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)
6 Hours of Shanghai
1 November 2015
The two Porsche 919 Hybrids fitted with Michelin tyres, took the chequered flag in the penultimate round of the World Endurance Championship in China this weekend, once again finishing first and second place.
This strong result was enough to clinch the 2015 WEC Manufacturers’ crown and claiming the team’s fifth straight victory since June’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
Victory for the N°17 LMP1 Porsche of Australian racer, Mark Webber, along with his team mates Timo Bernhard and Brendan Hartley, has put the crew in a strong position to win the 2015 Drivers’ title. They are locked in a battle with the N°7 Audi of Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer, who were third in China.
Sunday’s race was essentially divided into two distinct parts, with the first three hours effected by heavy rain which prompted Race Control to kick off the action behind the Safety Car for the first five laps.
When the Safety Car peeled off after round 10 minutes, the real competition got underway as the cars threw up plumes of water, with their Michelin rain tyres capable of clearing up to 120 litres of water every second.
In LM P1, the Audi R18 e-tron quattros immediately challenged the Porsche 919 Hybrids which were running first and second, and the early battle also involved the Toyota’s two TS040 Hybrids which tried to make life as hard as possible for the two German makes. It was during this phase of the race that the N°18 Porsche (Dumas/Jani/Lieb) span after a tangle with the N°7 Audi (Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer).
At this stage, the two Audis focused on chasing the N°17 Porsche (Bernhard/Webber/Hartley) as closely as possible in order to prevent Brendon Hartley from pulling out too big a gap, but the Toyotas started to lose ground.
The low grip and difficult visibility forced Race Control to deploy Full Course Yellows twice on safety grounds, while a number of accidents brought out yellow flags.
By the two-and-a-half hour mark, the N°18 Porsche had fought back to join the fight between the Audis and its N°17 sister car. After the third round of refuelling stops, the N°7 Audi – the drivers of which can still win the 2015 Drivers’ crown – and the similar N°8 car (Di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis) succeeded in appearing in front, with the two Porsches around five seconds back.
It was around this time that the rain started to ease off and eventually stop, meaning there was less and less water on the track. At this point Porsche chose to double stint on Michelin rain tyres, a strategy that saw the team’s two cars recover the lead before steadily extending their cushion as the track dried out more or less completely over the final three hours.
With just one round in the Championship remaining – the teams head to Bahrain on November 21 with the Driver’s Championship still very much up for grabs.
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MICHELIN: Offical tyre partner Porsche Motorsport
25 October 2015
Nick Foster, in the Bob Jane T-Marts Porsche fitted with Michelin tyres, has been crowned the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Champion this weekend on the streets of the Gold Coast.
After what he described as the worst possible start to the season, Nick Foster never gave up and today claimed the ultimate reward.
Failing to score even a single point in the first four races of the season, the challenge ahead of Nick was huge. The speed was always there, and thanks in part to the knowledge that his tyres would not let him down, Foster was able to push hard in every race.
“To win the Championship is by far the best moment of my career so far – it hardly seems real at the moment! Even though the start of the year was tough, I never gave up because I knew we had the package to get the job done,” said Foster.
“Having the confidence to push hard each and every lap was really important, especially this season. With Michelin tyres we know this is possible. There have been times this season when we have taken the tyres off at the end of the round, and there is still plenty of life left. We can’t ask for more than that!”
For Michelin, the Porsche Carrera Cup is an exceptional challenge, with the race track acting as the ultimate proving ground.
The long lasting, high performance of the Michelin N2 tyre that the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia uses has been on display all year. The performance has resulted in quick lap times, and even new lap records, being set right up until the closing stages of the final race of the weekend.
“We have seen some of the best racing in Australia in Carrera Cup this year with the drivers able to push their tyres for the whole weekend – this is why we go racing,” said Michelin Australia Marketing Manager, Tim Hoare.
“Globally, the Porsche motorsport platform allows us to innovate and deliver performance – that is why we partner with them. Our engineers work with the Porsche engineers to deliver exactly what the Porsche drivers demand: speed, safety, longevity, and driving pleasure, without compromise.”
For Michelin, this partnership extends off the track as well.
“Michelin works with Porsche's design teams from the bottom up, engineering tyres that react perfectly with the chassis, not just with their race cars but also with their road cars,” explained Mr Hoare.
“Our experience on track is then applied to our road products. For example, the tread compounds used in our Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 road tyres are of the same family as the compounds found in the N2 tyres used in Carrera Cup.”
The philosophy of “MICHELIN Total Performance” is at the heart of Michelin's research and development strategy globally and is applied to the development of all Michelin tyres. It reconciles qualities that some believe to be conflicting by virtue of technology such as grip and long lasting tyres.
The most important safety feature on your SUV
13 October 2015
The new MICHELIN PRIMACY SUV tyre delivers confidence and tranquility to drive your family safely even in the most unpredictable driving conditions.
Most SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) drivers choose their vehicle’s safety features carefully – considering ABS, airbags, and traction control. But more often than not, they underestimate the vital role that tyres play. As the only contact with the road, good tyres are a driver’s first guarantee of a safe and comfortable ride.
The area of a tyre that touches the road surface is approximately the size of a postcard. It is not much when you consider all the functions of a tyre: supporting the car, transmitting traction and braking forces, absorbing road shocks and steering.
The MICHELIN Primacy SUV is exclusively designed by Michelin for SUVs. It was developed specifically for the Asia Pacific’s extreme road and weather conditions with the objective of offering maximum safety to SUV owners and their families.
Speaking about the new tyre, Cedric Binoit, Managing Director, Michelin Australia said, “We have listened to SUV drivers in our region. They choose their vehicles because they want more safety for themselves and their family on their daily commute, as well as during long distance travel.
“SUVs are larger, more robust vehicles, they offer better visibility and more space, but they can at times be more difficult to handle and to stop, especially on wet roads. The MICHELIN Primacy SUV tyre was developed to address these needs, and provide maximum safety and protection to the driver and their family.”
The new tyre offers the following significant safety improvements when compared with leading competitors1:
- Up to 2.3 meters shorter braking distance on wet roads.
- 10% improved grip in wet cornering.
- 3.8 meters shorter braking in dry conditions.
This is achieved through the use of the following Michelin tyre technologies:
FlexMax2.0, StabiliGrip - New grip-enhancing flexible tread and tread design to reduce braking distance and lateral slip on wet roads.
CushionGuard - Tread compound and architecture designed to help reduce vibrations and bumps on the road.
EvenPeak - Greater variation in the size and position of tread blocks reduces road noise, whilst also keeping the drive steady, smooth and comfortable.
As a result of the combination of these technologies, the MICHELIN Primacy SUV tyre is able to offer drivers a safer, smoother ride. Thanks to MICHELIN Total Performance, this is achieved without compromising other tyre performance characteristics such as tread life and fuel consumption.
1. The test was carried by CATARC on 11th Apr, 2015. Vehicle: Honda CR-V 2.0 WT. Tyre size 225/65R17.
14 June 2015
Porsche, which, in addition to the two firms' worldwide association on the race track, is an original equipment partner of Michelin, notched up its 17th win at last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours thanks to a one-two finish with the N°19 (Hülkenberg/Bamber/Tandy) and N°17 (Bernhard/Hartley/Webber) Porsche 919 Hybrids. The German firm continues to be the most successful carmaker in Le Mans history.
Aided by Michelin's competitive, consistent tyres which are a perfect match for the configuration of the 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team also established a new track lap record for the 13.629km circuit during qualifying on Wednesday, June 10. Neel Jani's time of 3m16.887s (249kph) smashed the previous record which was posted in 2008 by Stéphane Sarrazin (Peugeot 908 HDI), now a member of the Toyota Racing line-up.
The performance of this year's LMP1 prototypes marked a big step forward, and this was further illustrated by the fastest race lap which was clocked by the N°7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the hands of Benoît Tréluyer on its 337th lap. His time of 3m17.475s was further evidence of the ferocity of the battle that opposed the two German makes over the weekend.
Said Pascal Couasnon, director of Michelin Motorsport: "Michelin would like to congratulate Porsche Team on its one-two finish and also Audi Sport on its podium. We are also delighted to have taken our score to 24 victories in the world's most prestigious and most exacting endurance race."
Said Jérôme MONDAIN, manager of Michelin Motorsport's FIA WEC programme: "This year's Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin provide another eloquent illustration of the performance and grip of its endurance racing tyres which successfully covered distances in excess of 700km. The ability of Michelin's tyres to multi-stint, which used to be an exception not so many years ago, has today become an integral part of our partner teams' strategies. All the LM P1 manufacturer teams used a single type of tyre for the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours: namely the MICHELIN 'soft hot weather' slick, which is designed to give its best at temperatures ranging from 18°C to 40°C. The work carried out by Michelin Motorsport's engineers on the tyres' temperature windows as a function of the track temperature has definitely paid dividends."
Michelin's partners Audi Sport Team Joest, Porsche Team and Toyota Racing all performed quadruple stints on the same tyres in the course of the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours, covering distances of up to 736 kilometres on a single set.
It is important to recall that the current-generation LM P1 prototype tyres are between five and six centimetres narrower and two kilos lighter each compared with 2013. At the same time, the cars' aerodynamic downforce has increased, as has the power of their engines.