Michelin are celebrating the two record-breaking successes enjoyed by their new endurance racing tyres at the Le Mans 24 hour race.
The tyres went quicker (new fastest race lap record) and further (new race distance record) during the thrilling event, while fewer tyres were used during the race.
And there was more to come – not only did Michelin succeed in notching up its 13th consecutive victory at Le Mans, but it also won all four classes, namely LMP1, LMP2, LMGT1 and LMGT2.
The enhanced durability and competitiveness of Michelin’s tyres made a real contribution to the success of its partners in what stands out as one of the world’s most famous races.
The 2010 range of tyres were a full year in development as Michelin launched their design programme as soon as the flag came down on the 2009 Le Mans 24 Hours.
Nick Shorrock, director of Michelin Competiton, said endurance racing serves as a valuable technological research facility for the company.
He said: “It allows us to validate innovations ahead of their use in road tyres, such as the recently introduced Michelin Pilot Sport 3. Michelin fulfilled its objectives by permitting the prototype race cars to do quadruple stints.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team