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All Michelin Tyres Stuff

Vehicle tyres, were originally made to provide the vehicle with traction that could go anywhere. They were developed to give the 4X4 driver excellent durability whilst also giving good wear and traction in any weather that the vehicle could come up across, including heavy snow falls.
Most tyres, were technically designed with the help of racing tyres and were derived from a “cut-chip and tear-resistant tread compound”. This would give the tyres tread exceptional grip and wear resistance when driving on roads that would normally tear tyres to shreds, such as gravel roads.

Michelin Porsche-A look at Michelin Involvement in Motorsport- Motorsport on Twitter

Michelin Porsche
Michelin on Porsche

17.17: pit stop car 19 after 36 laps in position 4. @NickTandyR in. Fuel and @michelin_sport tires @24hoursoflemans pic.twitter.com/O0iI5oJG19

Michelin  Porsche in Le Mans Race

As a result, I just scooped this because of the great image. Hence, of the Michelin Porsche race tyres. So, that were fitted to the eventual winners car.

Michelin have always manufactured great tyre products. Consequently, they are expected to make a bid for the F1 tyre contract. Of course, along side Pirelli. Currently supply F1 with race tyres.

This years Le mans 24 hour race was won by  Michelin Porsche tyres . They crossed the line with a car driven by German Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg on the final stages.

Our own British race driver Nick Tandy and the New Zealander Earl Bamber joined him as the other winning drivers. Audi R18 e-tron quattro finished in second and third, respectively.

The winning car was fitted with the famous Michelin race tyres.

"Barely 15 months after its return to world class 
endurance racing, Porsche Team has returned to its former winning ways 
at Le Mans. Nico Hülkenberg (DE), Earl Bamber (NZ) and Nick Tandy (GB) 
steered their N°19 Michelin-equipped 919 Hybrid to an emphatic victory, 
while the N°17 sister car made it a one-two success for the German make.
 The result breaks Audi’s recent sequence of five wins but the 
Ingolstadt firm was part of the podium celebrations thanks to third 
place. There were class wins for Corvette/Michelin (LM GTE Pro), 
Ferrari/Michelin (Am) and KCMG (LM P2)".
  Courtesy of Michelin Motorsport... http://www.michelinmotorsport.com/ 

Michelin Porsche

Michelin tyres have made massive inroads into all kinds of motorsport in recent years. This includes motorcycle racing and everything else barring formula 1. There are rumours that Michelin may even be considering a move into making a bid for Formula 1 tyre franchise. This came after a statement from one of the top Michelin motorsport guys. He said though that changes would have to be made to the tyre compounds and the teams would have the freedom to choose their own tyres depending of the conditions of the particular circuit, before a bid could be made?

Eric Roberts

Michelin Earthmover Tyres and Giant Truck Tyres keep the Mining Industry on the Move- on Twitter

Michelin Earthmover Tyres

michelin earthmover tyres

When we said we also made BIG tyres, we should have said REALLY BIG! #TyreTuesday #Michelin pic.twitter.com/LRHIIDL2VY

Sourced through Scoop.it from: twitter.com

Love looking at giant tyres like the one in the picture. I spent a period of my life fitting Michelin Earthmover tyres like these and loved the job.

We were based in Leeds here in Yorkshire UK and used to travel all over the country fitting and repairing these monsters.

There is no doubt that my 5 years spent in the world of these Michelin Earthmover tyres, were fantastic and also very informative. You could actually see how a tyre was really made, because of the huge size. We also remoulded and repaired these tyres at our factory and tyre repair shop here in Leeds Yorkshire. This all added to the experience that I gained in those five years.

We were all part of keeping Britain’s mining and road construction

michelin earthmover tyres
Removing a giant tyre using heavy duty equipment, was part of the thrill.

industries alive.

When one of these Michelin Earthmover tyres had any problems,

then we had to be there to put things right and keep these giant dump trucks rolling.

Every thing was on a massive scale to cope with these giants. The tyres were fitted onto the machines using large trucks with heavy lifting gear. We would sometimes have to break the beads with wooden wedges and brute force. This kept us all in trim and i still think that this was the fittest i have ever been in my life?

We also did other tyre makes at that time. The other big tyre company to be involved in Earthmover tyres was Goodyear. Goodyear had a very high level of experience with these giant tyres. Open cast mining was a on a huge scale in America giving the Goodyear Earthmover division much experience.

There is no doubt that all the experience that I gained was to help with my lifelong career in the tyre industry and using earthmover equipment has given me much experiences to right about, including this one.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/blog/tyres-explode/

Michelin V8 Supercar tyre- keeps eye on V8 Supercar tyre tender – Speedcafe

Michelin V8 Supercar tyre

Michelin V8 Supercar tyre

Michelin V8 Supercar tyre

The giant French tyre maker, will consider bidding for the next V8 Supercar tyre contract if the category’s regulations change to ‘fit within the company’s DNA’, according the Australia-Asia marketing boss Tony Menard

Dunlop tyres have at the moment the licence tyre contract. Thus, to supply the V8 Supercars with their tyres. As a result,the contract has been held since 2002. Ending, is now set in 2017. Of course, this is when the giant French tyre company, Michelin could make a bid for the new tyre supply contract?

Consequently, Michelin V8 Supercar tyre are also expected to make a bid to supply.The lucrative F1 racing circus. Hence, when the Pirelli contract expires in the near future.

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The rules for the Michelin V8 tyre, would have to change according to Tony Menard the  Australia/Asia marketing boss of Michelin, he said ” that Formula 1, which is supplied by Pirelli, and the World Endurance Championship provide the perfect contrasting examples of how a category can work for a tyre brand”

He was setting the table for different rules. Of course, about tyre sizes and compounds. Thus, which are  used at the moment.

I must admit that SKY television have hooked me in. Watching “Motors TV”. Of course, this channel shows everything to do with motorsport. Including the Australian V8 Supercar championships. The cars at the moment are running on Dunlop race tyres. I think though that the V8 Supercar tyre tender for the new season will see a successful bid from the giant French tyre company and the new season will see yet another TV screen full of the Michelin tyre adverts along with the F1 scene. Michelin seem to be pulling out all the stops in their endeavour to retain their top spot in the tyre world.

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Michelin-F1 Interest-It could have an interest in F1 return –

Michelin-F1 Interest

michelin f1 interest

F1 News. Michelin tells Crash.net it will consider a return to Formula 1 should the FIA accept its proposals to create tyres that a driver can ‘use at the limit at all times’.. Read more at Crash.net!

Source: www.crash.net

Michelin-F1 Interest

This is going to be interesting times ahead for the tyre world. Michelin could be interested in bidding for the right to supply F1 tyres in the near future?

This would be if the FIA look at using tyres.Hence, with a different size. So, say from 13 inch wheels to 18 inch wheels and giving the teams a choice of tyre compounds. hence, to use at their own discretion at the different race venues. This would add a whole list of new skills. Especially, for the drivers and ground teams to take in to consideration on the very race day.

Winning a race. Thus, would have to take into consideration the correct choice of tread and compound. Naturally, on that particular day and add more exciting to the proceedings.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1272/MICHELIN

According to  Michelin motorsport director Pascal Couasnon. For this reason, the French tyre giants would be interested in bidding for F1 tyre supplier if there was to be a change in the size of the F1 tyres and also a change in tyre compound strategy.michelin f1 interest

This is also the aim of the current tyre supplier Pirelli. Who have been part of car testing on 18 inch tyres. Martin Brundle completed a few demo laps in a GP2 test car equipped with 18″ tyres around Monaco the other Friday.

Michelin-F1 Interest

There has also been much speculation about the tyre companies wanting to use a variety of compounds. These would be used at the discretion of the F1 teams and drivers during a race. This could give the racing even more bite. The teams would choose their own tyres and compounds, meaning that the cars could and would be racing on different tyres.

This would mean that the team making the best choices would have a better chance of competing for the winners podium, making racing more interesting and exact. If these rules came in then Michelin F1 interest could be on the cards,

Michelin Agilis 51 Van Tyre have some suspected defects. On VW T5 T30 Transporter

 

My VW Transporter T5 T30 2.5Tdi 130 Kombi camper van has been developing an increasingly bad droning / humming noise when travelling at speeds over …

Source: www.youtube.com

This is an interesting video to watch as it very rare to see a faulty Michelin Agilis tyre?

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1272/MICHELIN

Michelin Agilis Van and Motorhome tyres

I am still of the opinion that the Michelin tyre product is the best one in the world. Other tyre companies come a close second such as Continental tyres, but the radial tyre inventors are still king in my opinion.
The Michelin Agilis range of tyres is no different and offer excellent quality, both for vans and motorhomes. The Agilis is kept in high regard by the people who buy these tyres for their vehicles and this includes the Agilis Camping, which has been specially designed for the drivers of motorhomes. These tyres are marked up as an M+S tyre and this is for when the motor has to park on soft ground and surfaces.
The other Agilis tyres in the range are the 41/51 and 61 Van tyres that have a reputation for big mileages and are original equipment fitments on VW’s and some of the Mercedes range of vans.

Michelin Agilis tyre problems

I have always been the first to say that I have never seen a genuine Michelin FAULTY tyre, until perhaps now?
We recently had a customer call in with his van. The van was fitted with Michelin Agilis 51 tyres. The guy was experiencing vibrations when driving at about 60 mph. We immediately diagnosed a wheel balancing problem and balanced the wheels accordingly.

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Michelin Agilis showing various stages of the problem

My fitter reported back to me that the wheels were difficult to balance correctly, but he did the job and the guy paid and went away. I have in the past that if the wheels are not straight foreword to balance there will be a problem with the tyre. It can mean that the steel belt is not stable due to some problem with the tread separating from the tyres casing, (the rest of the tyre).
In this case we have not seen the guy come back yet, but I decided to research into some internet forums, because I do believe that the tyres could be faulty?
Other van users have been experiencing problems with the Agilis 51 tyre? The problems start with balancing issues, followed by bulges developing as the tyre go out of shape. This is a relatively common problem with tyre companies over the length of my career in tyres, but never with Michelin.
A few van drivers were having these problems, but not with the Agilis 61 tyres. Until the guy suffers any more balancing problems, then this is only my first personal experience with this Michelin problem. It is possible that the tyres have been misused by the drivers; we all know what tight schedules the van drivers have to stick to these days, but I just thought it was an interesting topic.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Michelin Agilis Van Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Michelin CrossClimate-Could this end the winter tyres debate-A summer tyre for winter use

Michelin CrossClimate

michelin crossclimate

Not a winter tyre, not a summer tyre … not even an ‘all-seasons’ tyre – so what is the CrossClimate? | PistonHeads

Source: www.pistonheads.com

This has been an active debate in my LinkedIn tyre group would this new tyre from Michelin CrossClimate. I think that the new tyre will be a success but will not affect the sale of true winter tyres.

In an excellent reply, A representative from Michelin explained why the new tyre is different. Hence,  from other similar types and is not the same as an all-weather tyre.  Because of the sipes and the compound of the tyre.

Michelin CrossClimate in the debate?

If nothing else the Michelin CrossClimate tyre has opened up a discussion between the tyre dealers. As to what the tyre is?
The answer will be coming up later in my article. For years now we have had different tyres. Of course,  coming out from various tyre manufacturers.

These have claimed to be an all-season tyre. In other words. Naturally, a tyre that will cope with dry, sunny weather in summer. Therefore will also deal with inclement weather in winter time, including ice and snow.
In my opinion, the objective was never quite reached. The problem in achieving this has always been a perennial one.

It ‘s hard to combine the correct compound with the tread pattern. Thus,  would be required to give you winter grip in snow.
Vredestein (now owned by Apollo tyres) have always made a good quality winter tyre. That has won many awards over the years. But in my opinion. We always found that the “Quatrac” which was an all-weather tyre, tough to sell. It was as if the customers had a fixed idea of what they wanted.
Here in Halifax Yorkshire UK. We have a good uptake of drivers who want winter tyres fitting. Because we are in a very hilly district. Therefore, we do experience snow throughout the winter period. They have a fixed idea of what they want. They want to be the ones that can get to school and work on snowy mornings, because of the winter tyres fitted to their cars and SUV’s.

The Michelin CrossClimate

started a great debate in a LinkedIn tyre forum, with some members doubting that this tyre was any different to the ones before it, but I had a great comment from a Michelin Guy who told us exactly why the CrossClimate was an entirely different tyre to its predecessors
I will publish the comment as soon as I get permission from the writer.

For more interesting reading  http://www.michelin.com/eng/media-room/press-and-news/michelin-news/Innovation/The-new-MICHELIN-CrossClimate-tire-a-turning-point-in-history

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/A+Michelin+new+CrossClimate+Tyre

In a recent reply by way of a comment,

  • Damien HALLEZ-GOZARD

    Head of Technical Communication at Michelin explains in great detail why the CrossClimate is a unique and different tyre, to those before it

    Hello,
    “I just want to clarify the positioning of this revolutionary tyre:
    The Michelin CrossClimate is the first ever summer tyre with winter certification; it’s not an all-season tyre (the performance of A/S tyres in Europe are more similar to the performance of winter tyres but significantly worse than summer tyres in areas such as dry braking, longevity, and fuel efficiency).

    The Michelin CrossClimate

    targets the 65% of European motorists who keep the drive on summer tyres all year, the 5% of European drivers who drive on winter tyres all year and the 4% who use all-season tyres. These figures come from our studies, and it’s these real users’ needs that lead Michelin to launch the CrossClimate (and not a VW request).

    The goal is to be armed against changing weather conditions and to offer mobility (traction and braking) whatever the weather in temperate areas with occasional snow. For consumers who frequently face snow and ice conditions, Michelin still recommends using winter tyres which are designed to have optimal all-around performance in snow and ice conditions.
    This performance in both summer and winter conditions is possible due to associated technologies.

    Dry performance close to a summer tyre (Michelin Energy Saver+) is possible due to the large tread blocks with auto-blocking sipes that also ensures tyre life similar to that of a summer tyre.
    Wet performance is made possible due to the silica-based compound and the particular design of the tread pattern and the complex sipes used.

    Snow performance is possible due to the compound and the tread pattern which creates a caterpillar effect on snow, and also due to the complex sipes within the tread blocks. What is important on snow, is the length of edges (of the tread blocks and sipes) and not only the number of sipes, or the density of edge. The density of these efficient-on-snow edges on the Michelin CrossClimate is very close to that of a winter tyre, and the way to use these edges is completely original on this new tyre.

    The Michelin CrossClimate

    has the 3PMSF winter homologation. This means the tyre has passed a test following the UNECE R117 regulation. US test facilities belong to the agreed laboratories to make these tests. And the testing conditions are completely in-line with the usage the new tyre is designed for (see above).

    The compound is not derived from a summer tyre, but specially designed for the intended usage. Mr Shaw gave his opinion, but we have a lot of technologies available to extend the temperature window of a compound, plastifiers, resins, etc., but we also have a way to mix functional short and long polymers with silica. Ingredients are one part, but the way the recipe is mixed is the central part”.

    Eric Roberts

 

 

Pilot Sport Cup 2 by Michelin tyres chosen for Porsche Cayman GT4 launch – Telegraph.co.uk

Pilot Sport Cup 2
pilot sport cup 2

Pilot Sport Cup 2 by Michelin tyres ;Just like the Porsche 918 Spyder and GT3 before it, the new and hotly anticipated Porsche Cayman GT4 comes fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres

Michelin tyres are starting to compete again. They are entering more motorsport events and bringing out new types of tyres, with greener credentials.

Michelin recommends that you fit the Pilot Sport  Cup 2 tyres in sets of four

This tyre is another product straight from the Michelin motorsport developments. Consequently, I have stated on many occasions that the more involvement that tyre companies.Especially, in the field of motorsport, then the better the end product will be when making new tyres for the cars of the masses.
The Pilot Sports Cup 2 tyres are no exception to this rule. The research and development that the giant French tyre company. Naturally, has gained from their years of involvement in the motor racing scene.Thus including F1 and the famous Le Mans 24 hour races.


The Pilot Sports Cup 2 tyres were developed for the drivers with a desire to become a racing driver.Because they are firstly known as a track day tyre, in fact, the tyre is a semi-slick but meets all the requirements of a legal road tyre.
The tyres are primarily made to be used on a dry track. But when the weather is wet.It is advisable to alter your driving style.Hence to drive with more caution,(a bit like the Michelin tyres in days gone by).As expected,they were never renowned in the wet?

Great Value the Pilot Sports Cup 2 by Michelin tyres

When driving your car on a track day with these tyres fitted. Hence, you should do the first few laps at a steady speed. To gradually build up the heat of the tyres. Therefore, this is best observed when you see the F1 cars doing warm up laps. This practice makes the tread compound softer. Therefore, will aid the tyres grip. Especially, in dry weather conditions. Of course, on which the Pilot Sports Cup 2 tyres are better suited.
Tyre pressures are also important. Thus, and should be adjusted from normal road pressures to the recommended pressures. Naturally, used on the track circuit. Of course re-adjust the tyre pressures back for regular road use.
Finally,the precise benefits of these tyres. Can be seen on the Michelin website by looking at…http://www.michelin.co.uk/tyres/michelin-pilot-sport-cup-2

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Details/Michelin/Pilot+Sport+Cup+2

Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres for use in winter time as winter tyres.

Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres

Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres tyre comparison with winter tyres.

The Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres offer the advantages of summer tyres. Naturally, in wet braking, dry braking and longevity. Therefore plus the advantages of winter tyres in traction and braking.Thus, when driving in occasional snowy conditions. Of course, with the simplicity of only one set of tyres all year long.

Michelin have in my opinion, set a new bench mark in tyre design. Because as far as i know the CrossClimate is the first summer tyre with winter tyre capabilities.

We all know of the old dull name of “all-weather tyre”. Over the years this name has been diluted. It became a nothing word in the tyre industry. The name has fallen apart, since the introduction of the modern winter tyre. These tyre are now much quieter than their older counterparts. Old winter tyres had very deep and noisy tread patterns.

Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres set a new benchmark

This was not any good for the modern cars. New tyres were introduced for this purpose. Now we have a new generation from Michelin. Hence, a summer tyre also suitable for winter use.

Compare the performance of MICHELIN CrossClimate all-weather vs winter tyres in tests across different weather conditions.

Introducing the MICHELIN CrossClimate tyre with revolutionary performances that keep you safe in every weather condition.
It offers the advantages of summer tyres in wet braking, dry braking, longevity, & fuel efficiency, and the advantages of winter tyres in traction and braking for consumers driving in cold or occasional snowy conditions. With the simplicity of only one set of tyres all year long!
And always the acclaimed benefits of Michelin Total Performance.

Read more: http://www.michelin.co.uk/tyres/michelin-crossclimate

Eric Roberts

Michelin CrossClimate Plus Tyres-Offer Consistent Through-Life Traction In Snow-from Pellon Tyres

Michelin CrossClimate Plus Tyres

Michelin CrossClimate Plus Tyres

The CrossClimate+ with improved through-life performance

Michelin CrossClimate Plus Tyres

This article from Fleetpoint adds just another recommendation. Hence for this excellent tyre from Michelin. As a result the new “Plus” tyre was introduced at the prestigious Paris Motor Show . In  October.

Moreover, the new model of tyre is said to be improved . Thus, by a better winter performance. In addition, which is said to last the whole depth of the tread. At the moment this stands at 1.6 mm . Of course, the CrossClimate is a summer tyre with the three peaks mountain snowflake qualification. As a result, that gives the tyre a winter capability in snow and ice.

Once again this tyre should perform at its near best right up to the 1.6 mm legal tread limit. Probably, giving Michelin the edge on its competitors tyre products.

In addition to the original product’s unique summer-tyre-with-a-three-peaks-mountain-snowflake qualification, the latest version is said to improve winter performance and consistent whole tread life performance. Finally, this latter point . Therefore, picks up on what appears to be an increasingly important theme . Especially, to Michelin .That tyres should performs consistently well through right up to the 1.6 mm legal tread depth limit.

Eric Roberts

Source: Michelin CrossClimate+ Tyres Offer Consistent Through-Life Traction In Snow – FleetPoint