Le Mans 24 is the world’s oldest Endurance racing event and Michelin have been part of it since the inaugural race, when the winning car was wearing their tyres.
Today the French tyres company is just as committed to the racing spectacle and are revving up to reward the car with the greenest credentials who will be awarded the Michelin Green X Challenge.
Commonly known as the Grand Prix of Endurance, it is organised by the Automobile Club de l’Oeust (ACO) and runs on a circuit containing closed public roads that are meant not only to test a car and drivers ability to be quick, but also their performance over 24 hours.
When it first started nearly 86 years ago, Le Mans 24 Hours was all about revealing the potential of vehicles ‘that figure in the catalogue of motor manufacturers’.
It’s come a long way since 1923, and has never ceased to be a unique testing ground for car makers, component providers and of course firms, like Michelin, whose tyres were on the inaugural Chenard and Walcker winning car.
Of course, back in the earlier days, lighting systems and disc brakes were introduced and later became commonplace thanks to Le Mans, according to Michelin.
While today, its diesel technology, automotive safety and respect for the environment that figure at the heart of the competition.
Le Mans 24 takes place on 13-14 June 2009.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Executive