Winning the Le Mans 24 Hours is not just a matter of luck! Michelin and its Motorsport teams have successfully risen to the challenge with 22 victories in a row. In racing, just as it does in relation to its road tyres, Michelin makes the same performance-made-to-last pledge to its partners and customers.

Lasting performance: a decisive advantage

Michelin is continually inventing and testing new technological solutions to boost performance and endurance, offer greater versatility, deliver consistent performance and guarantee safety in this tough race. Every year in Le Mans, Michelin demonstrates that the performance of its tyres in terms of both efficiency and safety needs to be evaluated throughout the entire duration of the race. In motor racing, there is no point being number one in the first laps or first few hours of the race if the tyres cannot stay the course and their performance suffers as soon as the weather changes or night falls. Every year, it offers Michelin a fresh opportunity to showcase the long-lasting performance qualities of its products, while taking onboard the importance of the drivers’ confidence in how their tyres will perform from the start of the race all the way to the chequered flag.

michelin engineer during the 2020 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, 6th round of the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship season on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps from August 13 to 25 in Francorchamps, Belgium - Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI
michelin engineer during the 2020 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, 6th round of the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship season on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps from August 13 to 25 in Francorchamps, Belgium - Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI
The biggest difference will be that nearly twelve hours of the race will take place in darkness, as opposed to just eight hours in June. With tyre changes no longer permitted at the same time as refuelling, the major challenge will be to multi-stint. The vast majority of competitors at Le Mans have placed their faith in Michelin tyres for their excellent durability and the quality of the technical support we provide. We are more than ready to partner them to victory!
Pierre Alves, FIA WEC Programme Manager, Michelin Motorsport

The world’s first electric Le Mans Prototype (LMP) to be powered by fuel cell technology

Through the intermediary of Symbio, the joint venture it has formed with the automotive equipment manufacturer Faurecia, Groupe Michelin seeks to accelerate Hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The MissionH24 project’s aim is to pave the way for the participation of fuel-cell-powered prototypes in the Le Mans 24 Hours by 2024.  By taking its technology forward in stages in the course of the car’s development, Symbio stands to glean valuable experience over a relatively short timeframe, while the data it harvests will accelerate the development of efficient technical solutions likely to move on to the production phase. Through its involvement in the MissionH24 project, Symbio will forge a competitive advantage in its field as it seeks to establish itself as a major player in the world of fuel-cell mobility over the coming years.

  • Did you know ?

    For the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, 54 of the 59 cars on the starting line will be equipped with Michelin tyres: all six LMP1 entries, 19 of the 24 LMP2 cars and all of the GTE Pro and GTE Am runners.

    Michelin’s staff at the race includes 50 team advisors and engineers, plus 64 fitters.

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