Commitment through performance
Michelin's commitment to Motorsport results in extraordinary performance being delivered by its tires, helping its partners to victory in extreme usage conditions.
In some cases, victory is decided on the very last lap…
By achieving a quintuple Michelin stint at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, Benoît Tréluyer completed 55 laps of the circuit (approximately 750 km) on the same set of tires, enabling the Audi no.2 to finish 13.854 seconds ahead of the Peugeot 908. This achievement helped Michelin to its 20th victory in the Le Mans 24 Hour race.
Victory on the tracks
Michelin has proved the superiority of its tires by being the only manufacturer to win all major international races and championships for both cars and motorcycles (F1, MotoGP, WRC, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Dakar…), in competition with other manufacturers.
Chosen by major automakers
Michelin Motorsport has formed technological partnerships with prestigious brands, such as Porsche (for over 50 years), Audi, Peugeot, Toyota, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Ferrari and Corvette, to develop tires and cars together with a shared objective of performance and victory, whatever the discipline. This joint development with major automobile manufacturers has led not only to competition success, but also to the development of high-performance tires that are fitted to their production cars (Porsche GT3, Corvette ZR1, etc.).
From track to street
Much of the technology developed for motorsports has then been applied to production vehicles: Radial, Silica, Slick, Dual-rubber compounds for motorcycles, for example, or Pilot Super Sport and Pilot Sport Cup 2 tire technology, such as Two-Compound, Variable Contact Patch (VCP), etc. Over and above the technological aspect, links established between racing and the technology center benefit the development of consumer tires for by improving methods and the use of simulation … The passion is the same, from track to street.
MICHELIN tires won all three categories of the 2014 Dakar, considered one of the most difficult Dakars since the beginning of this famous rally raid. It was MICHELIN’s 17th win in the car category and its 31st in both the motorcycle and truck classes. Michelin tires, with their excellent handling and longevity combined with outstanding toughness once again proved their superiority on the highly demanding terrain of South America.