This season, which ended in New York on July 15, gave us a very thorough and highly positive look at the new generation of MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires developed for Formula E. We experienced four seasons’ worth of weather in a single season and gathered more data than in previous years.
Michelin Formula E manager Serge Grisin
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The gold standard in sustainable racing

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Over the course of 58 races, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport emerged as the obvious gold standard for sustainable racing, offering tangible evidence of Michelin’s commitment to sustainable mobility. Drivers appreciate this light, versatile and extremely energy-efficient tire and its performance that lasts throughout race day. “We were all very satisfied with how the tires handled, their longevity, and particularly the fact that they get up to speed quickly during qualification runs,” says Jean-Eric Vergne, the new 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E champion. “The tires survived the extreme conditions of our race days with very little damage.

From racetrack to road

For the Group, racing is a lab in which we can take advantage of extreme use conditions to bring the best technologies to our mass-market tires. The revolutionary 18-inch size for single-seaters meant we could quickly transfer technologies to our Mass Market tires, like the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport SUV tire introduced at the Geneva car show in March 2019.

What about next year?

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After the fifth season closed with a historic double victory by Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), attention is now focused on the upcoming season. “Our tires’ outstanding performance will remain the same, but Formula E may see a major change: the first connected tires in the history of car racing,” says Matthieu Bonardel, Head of Michelin Motorsport. Michelin was the first manufacturer to market a connected tire system,  MICHELIN Track Connect. The engineers at MICHELIN MOTORSPORT are working on modifying it for racing. “Introducing connected tires would generate major benefits for the sport and for teams, particularly continuous control of tire pressure.” Join us on November 22-23, 2019 on the Ad Diriyah track in Saudi Arabia.

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