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FAE 2016/2017 - The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV2 tire delivers in Berlin cauldron

The two incident-free Berlin ePrix races took place in a summery, festive ambience at the city’s former Tempelhof Airport where Michelin organised its Bibendum Challenge mobility forum in 2011. This week, the same event – today renamed Movin’On – is taking place in Montreal, Canada.

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The sunny weather drew a big crowd of Berliners to the former airfield which is now a public park that lends itself perfectly to the all-electric racing series, with plenty of other entertainment laid on for visitors in parallel to the weekend’s action. The organisers erected temporary grandstands that provided spectators with a view of almost all the 2.25km track, while some lucky fans were able to admire the cars from close quarters thanks to a ‘pop-up’ tunnel built over the track…

This year’s 10-turn circuit (compared with 17 corners for the layout produced for the Berlin ePrix two years ago) featured the same highly-abrasive concrete surface that proved a challenge for tires in 2015. And the venue was just as demanding this time round, especially given the slightly hotter weather and the superior performance of the latest-generation Formula E single-seaters.

As anticipated, the track layout and the hard-wearing nature of its surface made life hard for the drivers but it was a chance for them to judge the consistency of the performance delivered by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV2 tire at first hand. Like our original Formula E tire, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV tire, it coped with this year’s challenge without a problem, adding enhanced versatility and durability to its overall package, despite the cars’ more powerful powertrains and this year’s hotter weather. It has faced a wide variety of conditions already this season but the championship’s last races in New York [USA] and Montreal [Canada] will be held on more conventional asphalt. The two North American fixtures could see high temperatures, too, but we feel confident..

Serge Grisin, manager of Michelin’s Formula E programme

The Berlin ePrix race wins were shared by Mahindra’s Félix Rosenqvist (Saturday) and Sébastien Buemi, Renault-e.dams (Sunday).

The next round in New York, USA, on July 15-16 will also feature two races.


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