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Michelin Longer lasting tyres- not a perfect solution for F1, says Romain Grosjean F1 driver

Michelin Longer lasting tyres

Frenchman does not think Michelin’s proposed 18-inch tyres will lead to more overtaking, saying he preferred quick-degrading Pirelli tyres of 2012 and 2013.

F1 racing driver Romain Grosjean, is one of the racing drivers who don’t think that the new Proposal for the  Michelin longer Lasting tyres, are a good idea.

He prefers the opposite?

The tyres that were used in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Pirelli had some compound problems. But were the best years according to his point of view.

Michelin longer Lasting tyres. Hence, would also include a change of tyre size going up to 18 inch tyres. This would give the tyre a bigger rolling radius. This I presume would make the Michelin longer Lasting tyres. Of course, work better on race days. Without the need to change tyres, or to have to change the tyres at lesser intervals.

The tyres that Michelin use in Formula E racing are taller and narrower. This is also the general trend for tyres used on everyday passenger cars.

As  i have said this goes towards a greener tyre, because of the increased rolling resistance. The car goes further with a turn of the wheel. This combined with greener materials used in the tread compounds, such as silica, makes for a more ECO friendly tyre product.

One thing can be said and it is that the F1 tyre scene certainly keeps the interest in tyres flowing. A few years ago tyres were hardly mentioned, but such is the interest today, that tyres are a daily story, one way or another.

In my opinion the general public now know more about tyre compounds and tread patterns than they ever did. I think that is one of the reasons that our customers in Halifax now switch to winter tyres and are more tyre conscious now than they ever were.

The internet also plays a huge part in putting across tyre development stories, including the for ever venture of producing more environmentally friendly tyres.

Eric Roberts

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Michelin Tyres Plc fears over proposed energy cost rises – BBC News

Michelin Tyres Plc

A major employer in Northern Ireland says its business is threatened by proposed rises in energy costs to fund grants for onshore wind farms.

This is exactly the news that the people in Northern Ireland,or any other part of the UK want to hear?

Michelin Tyres Plc, who are based in Ballymena, County Antrim, are concerned about the financial impact the subsidies that they may have to pay for wind turbines,are having on its energy bills.

This is exactly the opposite as to what the UK government should be thinking about. They are trying to place increasing burdens on UK businesses in the form of green taxes .

Even small businesses have to pay taxes on their fuel bills, which are supposed to go towards paying for greener energy in the future, but i doubt this very much.

it is the same scenario as the car taxes that we pay?They were supposed to go into road building and improvements, but we all know that they do not.

My warning to the legislators is to take notice of what these large employers are saying?

Michelin tyres plc will not think twice about pulling out of northern Ireland, i believe that they received massive subsidies, to move there in the first place.

Anything that affects the Michelin tyres prices, will give them an excuse to move to a cheaper tyre producing country.

So think twice Northern Ireland?

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Michelin Formula One Bid-set to return in F1 starting 2017? What will Michelin do with BlackCircles?

Michelin Formula One Bid

Michelin F1 Bid

Michelin put forward their bid to be the sole tyre supply starting 2017. Read more about it

 

Michelin Formula One Bid looks to be on the cards

Pascal Couasnon. Has hinted on many occasions about the Michelin F1 bid. For this reason, their interest in making a bid. Hence, for the coveted supplier of tyres to the F1 racing series.

He does however. Want to make changes to the tyre sizes. Also to the way that the tyres are selected by the various F1 teams. it is very strongly rumoured. That the giant French tyre makers. Michelin have been testing F1 type tyres. Consequently, in the Le Mans race series. Thus, an event that comes very close to F1. The Le Mans series operate with similar cars and speeds, making it easy to test similar tyres with real-time racing conditions.

A Michelin F1 bid does look likely to be on the cards. Michelin race tyres are fitted to practically all other types of motorsport vehicles, but not at the moment F1, who are supplied by the Pirelli tyre company. Pirelli do seam to be fully committed and after a bumpy start with differing compound problems, appear to have come up with the correct formula.

In my opinion Pirelli will not want to give this prestigious position up. I believe that the Michelin F1 bid will have a battle on their hands when the competition for tyre supplier begins.

Michelin Formula One Bid;What will Michelin do with BlackCircles?

We at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax are at the moment a BlackCircles fitting station. We will shortly be reviewing the situation? The first point is that we are not getting the correct fitting charge for some of the vehicles that we are now getting in for their tyres fitting. To do a good and proper job we have to spend too much time for the fee that we are now getting, this is putting strain on our own customers, who are having to wait longer.

Also we believe that Michelin will be diverting the fitting jobs to ATS, their own retail tyre network. This would be a perfect and natural thing for them to do, but i feel that it would be time for the independent retailers to pull out, before they remove the plug and perhaps leave gaps in your business plan. These are just my own opinions but i feel that we should react on them.

Eric Roberts

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Tyre Industry Responsible for Poor Tyre Knowledge-Tread Reader on Twitter

Tyre Industry Responsible

tyre industry

Michelin survey: 36% of respondents unsure of legal min. tread depth; 62% don’t know the penalty for illegal tyres. pic.twitter.com/FceWAbI36i

This Tyre Industry Responsible survey does not surprise me at all?

Tyre are the last thing on most drivers minds, as drivers are still under financial pressures and the young drivers would rather buy expensive clothes or spend their money on a good night out.

Sometimes I think that we in the tyre industry moan too much about what the customer knows and should know?
I think that is a good idea to carry out tyre research and we all have to thank Michelin in this instance, but are the results really so surprising?
Many of us in the trade (and that includes me).  Are to blame for this. Over the years. We have constantly launched tyres at the public.Hence, most of the motorists today just see tyres as a consumer product, that they buy, when they are told that they need one.
Many people that read my blogs are in the tyre retail industry and this means that we can all relate to the same or similar problems. For some reason the tyre industry have failed to educate the public, in the safety aspect of their tyre products.
Each manufacturer brings out a new tyre and promotes it the same as skin cream or perfume, but never really explains exactly what a tyre is all about. Take a recent innovation, run-flat tyres. As far as I know they were just brought out and fitted to cars as original equipment. Nothing was explained what the tyre safety features were?

Tyre Industry Responsible

I remember the days when “features and benefits” were a buzz word in the tyre industry, but now it is more about market share. Would it have hurt the industry to put out information facts, in the press or on TV, even such programmes as “Top Gear”, could have done a piece about run-flat tyres. “New type of safety tyre will be coming out and be made by most of tyre manufacturers, will be arriving on some models of new cars”. Things like this would have educated the public as to why these tyres were very expensive.
We as tyre retailers, have all this to put up with?
To be truthful, we don’t really mind. Consequently, I do think that the tyre industry. Particularly, the manufacturers. Hence, should play a bigger part in helping to educate the motorists. Into what tyres are really about. Therefore, how they should be looked after more carefully. I am thinking about tyre pressures and how to check their tread depth.

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Bald tyres like these that were changed on a very nice BMW really make me angry, but are now commonplace

We here at Pellon Tyres experience these problems on a daily occurrence.

Drivers have very busy lives and should be made more aware. Thus, of the importance of their tyres. Cars are getting bigger? I am thinking about SUV’s here, more and more young drivers including many ladies are now drivers.
Should we be targeting this age group and gender group, who are the drivers of the future?

Tyre Industry Responsible

It does concern me about the number of our customers who do not even know their tyre size. But worse of all the large number of tyres that we are removing that are worn down to the steel cords.
I do appreciate that we have now got Tyresafe working on this problem, but the tyre manufacturers are leaving all the hard work to the tyre retailers and most of them have staff that are not trained and in some cases know practically nothing about tyres, except how to fit them?
But that’s another story.
Eric Roberts

www.pellonautocentre.com/blog

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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

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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.

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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 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