Again, MICHELIN competed and won in all disciplines and races in 2018, where tire performance and the support of our Motorsport teams were decisive for our partners and drivers. A new year with more titles, more wins and more records! Coming towards the end of the year, the Michelin group is renewing its commitment to competition.

 

 

 

RECORDS BEATEN!

In 2018, major manufacturers looking to set new records approached MICHELIN. A technological challenge that MICHELIN has fully taken up!
Following the end of its commitment to the FIA WEC after 3 World Endurance Championship titles, Porsche launched the "919 Tribute Tour” this year.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid took the name "EVO" on its trip around the world to celebrate its titles, and especially to beat mythical records at the Spa (Belgium) and Nürbürgring (Germany) circuits.
Using its expertise, MICHELIN developed special tires for the occasion combining a range of technologies that have been instrumental in setting new track records.
This was the same challenge faced by Michelin’s team with Volkswagen Motorsport at Pikes Peak, in the United States. Romain Dumas, driving the 100% electric Volkswagen IDR prototype, won the most famous hill climb in the world this year, smashing the previous record held by Sébastien Loeb with the Peugeot 208 T16, which was also fitted with MICHELIN tires.

 

COMPETITION HERITAGE

Competition has run through MICHELIN's veins since 1891, just two years after the company was founded. That year, the Manufacture from Clermont-Ferrand took part in the largest bicycle race ever held at the time: Paris-Brest-Paris, 1,200 km by bicycle.
After 71 hours and 18 minutes of cycling, and finishing 9 hours ahead of the next cyclist, Charles Terront had clearly demonstrated the advantages of MICHELIN’s removable bicycle tire. On that occasion, he demonstrated the considerable advantage of riding with removable MICHELIN tires.
An integral part of the Michelin story from the outset, the racetrack is the ideal environment for testing our technical solutions. Cars, motorcycles, trucks, bikes... in the last 100 years MICHELIN has developed the largest number of winning innovations and technologies on the tracks and circuits around the world. It is a prestigious heritage, expressing a passion shared by everyone in the company.

 

AN OPEN-AIR LABORATORY

Winning competitions today to shape the mobility of tomorrow. Michelin is today strongly committed to pioneering competitions that promote better and more sustainable mobility, such as the 100% electric ABB FIA Formula E championship, its fifth season began on December 15, 2018, and the all-new FIM MotoE™ World Cup Championship, 100% electric, which will start in 2019 at MotoGP™ events. MICHELIN will also be supporting the debut of the first competition for fully electric semi-autonomous racing cars, the Roborace, for which the inaugural "Alpha" season should begin in 2019.
Complementing the Ladoux Technology Centre in France, the competition has long been seen as another MICHELIN laboratory. It enables us to test and develop new tire solutions under extreme conditions of use. These technologies will equip the vehicles you drive in the future.

2018 champions

Car competitions

24 Hours of Le Mans

  • F.Alonso / S.Buemi / K.Nakajima - Toyota Gazoo Racing

FIA ABB Formula E Championship

  • Jean Eric Vergne (Techeetah) - Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)

  • Pilotes / Co-Pilotes: Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (M-Sport Ford WRT) - Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

FIA Endurance World Championship (WEC)

  • Super Saison 2018-2019 in progress

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

  • Antonio Garcia / Jan Magnussen (Corvette Racing) - Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

 

Motorcycling competition

MotoGP™

  • Marc Marquez - Repsol Honda Team

TrialGP and X-Trial

  • Toni Bou - Repsol Honda

Rally Raid

  • Toby Price - KTM

Dakar

  • Matthias Walkner - KTM

World Enduro Super Series (Wess)

  • Billy Bolt - Husqvarna

An unrivaled track record

MICHELIN is the manufacturer holding the most world titles in FIA and FIM championships (FIA - International Automobile Federation; FIM - International Motorcycling Federation).

MotoGP™

  • 414 race wins
  • 29 driver titles

WRC

  • 327 victories
  • 28 constructors titles
  • 26 driver titles

Endurance

  • 26 victories at the Le Mans 24h with 21 consecutive victories between 1998 and 2018
  • Michelin also won all the FIA world endurance championships between 2012 and 2017

Dakar

  • 19 Car victories
  • 35 Motorcycle victories
  • 32 Truck victories

Formula 1 (1977>1984 / 2001>2006)

  • 9 world titles (5 driver titles and 4 constructor titles)
  • 215 GPs with 111 pole positions, 108 fastest laps and 102 wins

Superbike

  • 12 world titles

Championnat du Monde Moto Endurance

  • 15 world titles
  • 13 wins at the Le Mans 24h
  • 13 wins at the Bol d'Or
  • 16 wins in the Suzuka 8h

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