The MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires used for the record were very similar to the regular OE tires. They are marked ‘BG’, meaning they can only be fitted to the Bugatti, and they are completely street legal – the only difference is that the casing belts of the tires used on the record-breaking Chiron were reinforced, specifically to handle the 5,300g which the tires must withstand at these very high speeds.

During the development of the Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires which were designed specifically for the Bugatti Chiron, Michelin used its Technology Center in Ladoux, France, and its site in Charlotte SC, USA where specialist machinery was employed to carry out the most extreme tests on the tires. In order to test the tires at the extreme speeds that the Bugatti Chiron is capable of, Michelin used a test machine which was designed to test tires fitted to the Space Shuttle, and can test at up to 510km/h.

 

Commenting on the record, Pierre Chandezon, Bugatti tire design team leader at Michelin said: ‘Michelin is very proud to have been an integral part of this record and it is the fruit of the relationship between us and Bugatti which stretches back almost 20 years. With this in mind, it was the trust built up over this time that gave Bugatti the confidence to allow Michelin to develop the sole original equipment fitment tires for the Chiron.’

 

For this exceptional vehicle, Michelin and Bugatti engineers have collaborated on the joint development of the tires and the chassis, making the most of cutting-edge casing designs, materials and the latest production techniques. This simultaneous co-development of the tire and the car brought together the optimum levels of tire performance for the Bugatti Chiron.

 

In addition to their exceptional speed capability and their high safety levels, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires also contribute to the comfort of the car on the road so Bugatti Chiron owners can enjoy this prestigious supercar in all driving conditions.

 

Front size: 285/30 R20 (99Y) MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2

Rear size: 355/25 R21 (107Y) MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2

PlayStation has selected Michelin as “official tire technology partner” for its Gran Turismo franchise, the best and most authentic driving game, the companies announced today at the PlayStation Theater on Broadway.

 

Under the multi-year agreement, Michelin also becomes “official tire supplier” of FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships, with Michelin-branded tires featured in the game during its third World Tour live event also in progress at PlayStation Theater throughout the weekend.

The relationship begins by increasing Michelin’s visibility through free downloadable content on Gran Turismo Sport available to users by October 2019. The Michelin-themed download will feature for the first time:

  • A new Michelin section on the Gran Turismo Sport “Brand Central” virtual museum, which introduces players to Michelin’s deep history in global motorsports, performance and innovation.
  • Tire technology by Michelin available in the “Tuning” section of Gran Turismo Sport, applicable to the game’s established hard, medium and soft formats.
  • On-track branding elements and scenography from many of the world’s most celebrated motorsports competitions and venues.

A "Zero deforestation" partnership

The first phase of collaboration, begun in 2015, related to the definition of sustainable natural rubber, the development of procurement practices, and the promotion of good practices among the key players on the market and in the international bodies. Thanks to this partnership, Michelin Group has been able to publish its sustainable natural rubber policy and several major players have followed the example of the Group in making commitments to zero deforestation.

In this context, WWF France and Michelin Group have developed together a pilot project in Indonesia. Installed in zones that have sustained damaged, and which have priority status for the WWF on account of their rich biodiversity and the proximity of the Bukit Tigapuluh park, this project aims to preserve and restore the forest while developing responsible rubber plantations, to benefit both the local communities and the ecosystems. The field project has made major progress, particularly with the creation of a consultation and inclusion programme for the local communities, the construction of villages, the shrinking of illegal deforestation practices in the territory, and the protection of nearly 10,000 additional hectares for the elephant population, despite a local context that presents many social and environmental challenges.

The renewal of the current partnership between Michelin and WWF France will enable the continuation of this project, to strike a balance between local economic development, benefits for the local communities, and preservation of the forests and of biodiversity.

2019: Launch of the International Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber

This partnership contributed to the establishment, in March 2019, of the International Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber, of which Michelin Group and the WWF are founder members.

Joined by 39 other members, the platform's mission is the large-scale transformation of the purchasing and production practices for this key raw material, involving all stakeholders in the value chain, from producer to consumer, so as to preserve the forests and ecosystems threatened by unsustainable practices.

Here again, the renewal of the current partnership should make it possible to institute changes at the heart of the rubber market and its production, by drawing on this platform.

Sustainable mobility and protection of biodiversity

Lastly, this new partnership phase opens up two additional lines of work: sustainable mobility and protection of biodiversity. WWF France will support Michelin Group in aligning its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal against that of the Paris Agreement, to stay well below the 2°C target. They will work together alongside international mobility and climate players to communicate joint messages on the mobility of tomorrow. WWF France will also support Michelin Group in developing and then implementing a Biodiversity 2030 strategy for the Group.

Our ambition to develop sustainable mobility is enriched by the contributions from civil society and all stakeholders. Hence, our global partnership with the WWF allows us to make more efficient and rapid progress on essential topics, such as the protection of the tropical forests or of biodiversity. The assessment of the actions that we have conducted together since 2015 is very encouraging.
Hélène Paul, Michelin Group Purchasing Director
Because it is one of the world's leading purchasers of natural rubber, Michelin Group serves as a vital lever for driving the transformation of rubber plantations and the rubber market. We are proud of this collaboration which has already produced tangible results both on the rubber market and on the ground. The renewal of this partnership represents a unique opportunity for bringing good practices into the sector as a whole and in this way preserving the forests and biodiversity.
Jean Bakouma, Forests Manager at WWF France

Many manufacturers design safe tyres up to the wear indicator (1.6 mm).

 

But there is nothing to prevent the marketing of tyres whose braking distances will deteriorate very sharply over the kilometres. This lack of a rule on minimum wear performance can lead professionals and users to remove tyres before their legal wear limit.

 

Michelin supports the implementation of regulations that will meet major challenges for safety, the purchasing power of motorists and environmental protection.

Regularly ranked among the 10 most powerful global brands, MICHELIN is also one of the most loved brands. It is committed to working alongside consumers and companies to help them to reconcile mobility and sustainability.

At the beginning of June, at Movin'On, the annual World Summit on Sustainable Mobility, we presented a prototype tire that is airless, puncture-proof and of unprecedented durability. It clearly illustrates Michelin's technological leadership. But beyond our core business as tire manufacturer, we have the know-how in terms of services and also the corporate commitment to be a true partner on a daily basis for our customers, both individuals and companies. We are very pleased that BETC is supporting us in this new phase.
Adeline Challon-Kemoun, EVP, Engagement and Brands and a Member of the Group Executive Committee
Working for one of the world's leading French companies is an extraordinary opportunity. Michelin is the brand of constant innovation, not only in technology but also in communication, with a unique inventiveness ahead of its time: its guides, maps and events are among the best on the market. We are very proud to be serving Michelin, one of the most famous brands in the world thanks to the Michelin Man.
Rémi Babinet Founding President of BETC

Michelin and GM also announced a joint research agreement under which the companies intend to validate the Uptis Prototype with the goal of introducing Uptis on passenger models as early as 2024.

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Michelin and GM are testing the Uptis Prototype, beginning with vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Later this year, the companies will initiate real-world testing of Uptis on a test fleet of Bolt EV vehicles in Michigan.

 

Because Uptis is airless, the breakthrough wheel assembly eliminates the dangerous risk of flat tires and blowouts:

 

  • Drivers of passenger vehicles feel safer on the road.
  • Operators of passenger vehicle fleets minimize downtime and improve efficiency resulting from flat tires and near-zero levels of maintenance.
  • Society at large benefits from extraordinary environmental savings through reduced use of raw materials for replacement tire or spare tire production.

 

The Uptis Prototype represents a major advancement toward achieving Michelin’s VISION concept, which was presented at the Movin’On Summit in 2017 as an illustration of Michelin’s strategy for research and  development in sustainable mobility. The VISION concept introduced four main pillars of innovation: airless, connected, 3D-printed and 100% sustainable (entirely renewable or bio-sourced materials).

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Uptis demonstrates that Michelin’s vision for a future of sustainable mobility is clearly an achievable dream. Through work with strategic partners like GM, who share our ambitions for transforming mobility, we can seize the future today.
Florent Menegaux, chief executive officer for Michelin Group
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General Motors is excited about the possibilities that Uptis presents, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Michelin on this breakthrough technology. Uptis is an ideal fit for propelling the automotive industry into the future and a great example of how our customers benefit when we collaborate and innovate with our supplier partners.
Steve Kiefer, senior vice president, global purchasing and supply chain, General Motors
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The Uptis Prototype is re-engineered for today’s passenger vehicles, and it is also well suited to emerging forms of mobility. The vehicles and fleets of tomorrow — whether autonomous, all-electric, shared service or other applications — will demand near-zero maintenance from the tire to maximize their operating capabilities.

The Uptis Prototype demonstrates Michelin’s capacity for innovation — in both the mastery of these high-tech materials, and also the development approach in close collaboration with GM, which validates our Vision concept as a roadmap for innovation. Uptis represents progress toward Michelin’s vision for tomorrow’s mobility, and also embodies our commitment to a better, sustainable mobility for all.
Eric Vinesse, executive vice president, research and development, Group Michelin (who revealed Uptis at the Movin’On Summit)

Uptis features ground-breaking improvements in architecture and composite materials, which enable Uptis to bear the car’s weight at road-going speeds.

These innovations combine to eliminate compressed air to support the vehicle’s load, and result in extroardinary environmental savings: approximately 200 million tires worldwide are scrapped prematurely every year as a result of punctures, damage from road hazards or improper air pressure that causes uneven wear.

These advancements through the Uptis Prototype demonstrate Michelin’s and GM’s shared commitment to delivering safer, more sustainable mobility solutions.

 

 

For more information, images and video please visit: www.michelinmedia.com/michelin-uptis.

This is the continuity of a long lasting and successful relationship between the two companies. Gulf Air has already experienced Michelin tires on its Airbus fleet for the last decade. The complete revamp of Gulf Air’s new fleet, part of its 5 yearlong strategy launched in 2018, is the perfect opportunity to introduce the “Michelin Air X” tire which features the Michelin patented Near Zero Growth technology.

 

NZG technology is designed to ensure minimal tire growth. Aircraft tires have very high inflation pressures (20 bar) compared to other tires, such as passenger car tires (2.5 bar), to carry the high aircraft weights. At the high take-off and landing speeds an aircraft tire can ‘grow’ due to the high centrifugal forces. NZG minimizes tire diameter growth, and consequently tires become more durable and resistance to foreign object damage.

 

The combination of Michelin Air X tires and NZG technology reduces overall operational costs compared to a standard radial tire. This result is achieved through an increased number of landings (up to 30% more), improved fuel efficiency and exceptional damage resistance. NZG technology also increases tire robustness and reduces fuel consumption, leading to lower CO2 emissions.

 

Gulf Air has already started to operate its new fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus 320neo’s that are equipped with Michelin tires, and will apply them on their Airbus 321neo which is scheduled to begin arriving in early 2020.

    This new executive committee meets for the first time today and is composed as follows,

    Three new senior managers are integrated at this time:

     

    • Scott CLARK, Executive Vice President, Automotive Business Management, Motorsport, Experiences, Americas Regions (Central, North and South)
    • Jean-Claude PATS, Executive Vice President, Corporate Personal Management
    • Eric VINESSE, Executive Vice President, Operational Research & Development Department

     

    Six senior managers are already members of the Group Executive Committee:

     

    • Yves CHAPOT, Managing Partner
    • Sonia ARTINIAN-FREDOU, Executive Vice President – Mobility Services & Experiences and New Ventures Business Lines
    • Laurent BOURRUT, Executive Vice President – Long Distance and Urban Transportation Business Lines and European Regions
    • Adeline CHALLON-KEMOUN, Executive Vice President – Brands, Sustainable Development, Communication & Public Affairs
    • Jean-Christophe GUERIN, Executive Vice President – Manufacturing

     

     

    Serge LAFON, Executive Vice President – Mining, Off Highway, 2 Wheels, Aircraft Business Lines and Africa, Asia, Australia, India & the Middle East Regions

    This museum has triumphed above all because the Michelin history it shares is universal. It touches each of us and is unlike any other – both a well-known chapter of France’s past and a worldwide success story. An industrial saga filled with a multitude of exhilarating episodes covering more than 130 years, while at the same time setting the stage for the future. L’Aventure Michelin is also an integral part of Clermont-Ferrand’s own history, marked by the Michelin brothers’ arrival in 1889, the development of the first removable tyre in 1891 in the courtyard of a small plant in Carmes, the organisation of the legendary Gordon-Bennett Cup in Auvergne in 1905, the first road map of the Clermont-Ferrand region in 1908, the famous housing estates that dotted the local landscape and, last but not least, the Michelin Man, named Icon of the Millennium in 2018. Not only is the Michelin Man the Group’s emblem, he contributes to the renown of the venue and of the Michelin brand itself. The Michelin brothers – pioneers with an audacious vision – consistently encouraged their company to rise to the challenges of the times. This spirit is still reflected in the Group’s strategy today. For its tenth anniversary, L’Aventure Michelin is seeking to spark visitors’ interest by adding two new features in 2019: a new film on the Michelin Man and an exploration game giving visitors a new glimpse into the tour’s design. This new, all-digital feature – inspired by the concept of escape games – will be available in different versions concocted especially for families, school groups and the like.

     

    Because the story it tells is never-ending and the Group is constantly looking to the future, L’Aventure Michelin continues to evolve with the times. The objective is to show the general public how Michelin continues to blaze trails in the tyre industry in the 21st Century and respond to everchanging mobility needs.

    Michelin was awarded this prestigious prize at the 2019 Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence at a ceremony during Tire Technology Expo 2019 at the Deutsche Messe, Hannover, Germany.

     

    The panel awarded the accolade to Michelin for several achievements; notably the Company’s environmental initiatives, product innovation and its work into worn tire performance.

     

    Judge Klaus Baltruschat, tire expert for TÜV SÜD commented: “Michelin’s environmental initiatives over the past 12 months have been outstanding; they are one of the few tire OEs to commit to 2048 sustainability targets. Michelin has been driving the market with innovations and sustainability concepts for years, and their environmental initiatives such as micronised rubber powder and clever tread pattern design that still delivers good performance, even when close to being worn out, are just a few examples that can be cited here.”

     

    Pierre Robert, Director of Research and Development for the Michelin group, commented:  “The tire manufacturing industry is highly competitive, so it is a real honour for Michelin to receive the prestigious Tire Technology International ‘Tire manufacturer of the Year’ award.  Innovation has been at the heart of Michelin’s success for more than 125 years, and this award is testament to the pioneering work of the 6,000+ people working today in R&D worldwide for Michelin.”

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