When it comes to choosing new tyres, it’s probably fair to say that most motorists don’t take into account their vehicle and their own personal driving style.
So in a bid to get the message that the right tyres can change everything across, the French tyre makers have interviewed several Audi Sport drivers and engineers to find out why they fit Michelin rubber to their cars.
The reasoning behind their choice of drivers is that endurance racing tyres are more closely linked in terms of size and performance characteristics to those used on high performance road cars than Formula One rubber.
Endurance racing calls for tyres that will last as long as possible while offering high levels of grip in various conditions. This was demonstrated at last year’s Le Mans 24 hour race, during which the No.2 Audi R18 TDI managed to race for 750 kilometres on one set of tyres, and at speeds of up to 330km/h with three Peugeots in hot pursuit.
This year Audi will field two R18 e-tron quattro’s and two R18 ultra prototypes at Le Mans – all shod with Michelin tyres. The two hybrid cars will be driven by last year’s Le Mans winning trio of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer, and Benoît Tréluyer with Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen, and Allan McNish in the other car.
In the video, which you can watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82W_ROmr1JA, McNish and Kristensen, along with race engineer Howden Haynes, share their views and experiences of tyres and talk about how innovation in motorsport benefits drivers with better cars and tyres.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team