Michelin's 17th consecutive victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
With our 17th consecutive victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Michelin adds to our winning record, which includes 23 victories since 1923, the first year of the race.
This performance is the result of a long-standing partnership with Audi, which celebrated its 13th victory. Audi’s R18 e-tron quattro, driven by Tréluyer/Fassler/Lotterer, took the checkered flag.
Hybrid technology in competition
The 2014 edition will mark motorsports history as the year of innovation and hybrid technology. Michelin developed a brand new range of tires for the launch of new LMP1-H prototypes from Audi, Porsche and Toyota. These tires were designed according to MICHELIN’s Total Performance philosophy, which brings together more performances, including greater longevity.
An eventful race
There were a number of accidents during this very turbulent race, as well 9 shifts in leadership position. Michelin's three partner brands, Audi, Porsche, and Toyota, all took the lead at least once during the race. They based their strategies on quadruple stints, with a remarkable average of 700 km with the same set of tires. The victorious Audi No. 2 was one of the first to complete a successful quadruple stint on Saturday night. And former Formula 1 racer Mark Webber (Porsche 919 Hybrid), in his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut, completed two successive quadruple stints.
In the categories, Michelin was also victorious in the LM GTE Pro class (with Ferrari) and LM GTE Am class (with Aston Martin).
Since Michelin is always striving to innovate and improve performances, we equipped the futuristic prototype Nissan ZEOD RC with specially-made tires. Nissan’s objective for this hybrid car was to complete the first ever all-electric lap (13.629 km) at a top speed of 300 km/h. It was a successful outcome for Nissan and Michelin, which will also partner in the 2015 World Endurance Championship.