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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
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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,
As a result, the thing that comes into my mind. Hence is why change a perfectly good and familiar logo.
Consequently, In 1905, Michelin opened a sales office in London. As a result, the Michelin Man changed into a knight to conquer this new territory. As a result, He was wearing a helmet and carrying a shield.
From the 1930s onward. Michelin then made increasingly less use of outside artists. As a result, images of the Michelin Man became more standardised. Although there were country-specific variants. Adapting to the evolution of tyres .Therefore his rings became thicker and the character dropped his wealthy image to move closer to a broader customer base. Of course, we all love to see the famous Michelin man. Especially, where ever we come across a Michelin event. Whether on the motorsport scene or any other place that Michelin may be.
No sooner was the Michelin Man born when he began to play a major role for the company: it was he who presented the products and advised and assisted motorists, becoming the brand’s worldwide ambassador.
Michelin has renewed its logo and visual identity. In short, Bibendum has been reconfigured as modern line drawing rather than the 3D rendering of the decade or so since 2000. At the same time the …
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.
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
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.
WRC Rallye Monte-Carlo: Live positions, videos, information and photos. The best of the Rallye Monte-Carlo from the stages
Good article showing the new extensive range of Rally tyres
All this talk about rally tyres has re-lit my interest and passion about the whole tyre scene. It takes me back to my early twenties, when I used to attend some of the British rallies such as the Mintex rally here in the UK. One of my favourites because it took place in my beautiful county of Yorkshire, and included great stages such as Dolby forest and the Yorkshire dales.
My first sight of a rally car flying through the air was with Goodyear tyres. The company that I was manager of. In those days was a Goodyear tyres equity that no longer exists now called Tyreservices GB Ltd.
Tyreservices introduced me to the rally scene by allowing me to sell Goodyear rally tyres to my local rally enthusiasts, the ground level guys who took part in the local rally scene, mainly in their Mini’s and Ford Escorts.
MICHELIN Rally TYRES
Goodyear and Michelin rally tyres would attend the large rally’s. Consequently, much as they do today. With their big trucks that were equipped with tyre fitting machines . Complete with a huge stock of replacement tyres. I would go along to the rest and overnight area. Of course, during the rally and change the tyres to new ones when required. Although I am far away from an expert on rally tyres.
I have so called got a second wind of enthusiasm. Hence, this time I am the lucky owner of my very own tyre business. Here in Halifax, Yorkshire UK.
I am lucky . Because I do not have to follow any brand of tyres. So have become a keen follower of Michelin. Including, their involvement in the motorsport field.
Also I am a fan of Yokohama tyres . Furthermore, who are also great sponsors in the world of motorsport. But, compare to Michelin are relative new boys on the block. I am also a keen watcher of the motors TV channel. Which keeps us all up to speed with most motoring events . Also the tyre companies activity of course.
Michelin rally tyres revive 70 and 80’ rally stars
The 1970’s and 80’s were very exciting times, with all sorts of car manufacturers bringing out rally versions of their new models. The attraction was, (I think) the fact that the larger rallies were now shown on national TV, I will never forget when I first saw the Monte-Carlo rally with our great British Mini Copper’s doing so well. The French tyre company, were also doing very well and one of the star tyres was to be the TB15 tyre.
Michelin rally tyres were becoming the ones to use and became very popular on cars like the Sunbeam Tigers, MGB’s, Daimlers and Lancia Fulvia,s not forgetting the Porsche 911’s, Michelin rally tyres also supported the Alpine Renault Works team with tyres.
The TB15 was originally built with different compounds, which were typed on the sidewalls in French, just out of interest these letters were. S- Sec French for dry and were slick tyres, T-Tous, which were an all-weather tyre intermediate compound tyre and finally P-Pluie which means rain in French, which was a wet weather tyre.
Michelin have now revived the TB15 and have made it road legal. The tyres are E-marked with tread wear indicators and come with load and speed ratings.
The new tyres will be used as wet racing tyres in the vintage rally car events as it always proved very popular the first time round.
Coming back to the modern rally era, no doubt that the new TB15 will be very popular on the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, which has attracted over 300 entrants, for rally cars that took part in actual events between 1955 and 1980.
MICHELIN Rally TYRES
We responded to the request by many drivers who wished to rekindle the “rally stars” of the ʹ70s and ʹ80s by reviving the TB 15 tyres, as they were the most versatile rally car tyres.
These excellent mixed tyres provide the best performance on wet roads during vintage racing car rallies. I will be looking forward to watching the highlights on TV.
Also as we all know Michelin rally tyres will be heavily features in the 2015 WRC rally events, including an entry this year from Hyundai, which will be run on the new i20 and attended by Hyundai motorsport mechanics and engineers and of course they will be using Michelin rally tyres.
You have only to look at our website,www.pellontyres.co.uk.Naturally, to see what a choice of Michelin winter tyres that there is. To fit your car.
Michelin develops tyres adapted to all weather situations.Because of the highest level of combined performance factors.Therefore, this is necessary to fit the vast range of vehicles that we now drive.because, with Michelin, it is now easy to make the right choice!
Winter tyres are now made in sizes and load ratings.Consequently, to fit all types of vehicles. Of course, the newest version, which is the CrossClimate. Of course, this is a summer tyre that has some great winter qualities. Thus, the Alpin series are available in many sizes and suitable for high-performance cars.
The Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 tyres are certified by car manufacturers for use on sporty high-performance cars. Michelin tyres have become famous for their winter tyre collection.
Correct Michelin Winter Tyres
The winter tyres were developed from many years because of Michelins participation in motorsport events. Tyre were developed and engineered by using the most up to date testing equipment that was available at the time.
Throughout the decades, cars have become faster and sturdier. Naturally, suspensions were getting more scientific. Computers were helping to put the testing data together. During race meetings, Michelin would try out different compounds and tread patterns. Their aim was to make the best performing tyres on the market. Of course, this also applied to the winter tyres.
Tyre factories became much cleaner and this lead to better quality tyre production. As a result, faulty tyres became a thing of the past. Winter tyres were made from different materials.Silica was the master new compound ingredient. Making winter tyres more flexible and responsive to adverse road conditions.
Tread patterns also improved. Thus, making the winter tyres much quieter and responsive to the needs of the modern cars and SUV models.
Michelin CrossClimate-driving summer tyres in winter
This Michelin CrossClimate-driving summer tyres in winter video. Coming from the German motoring magazine Auto gefuehl.
In my opinion, Michelin has been ingenious. Of course, what they have done is to turn things around. For many years now we have had an alternative to the summer tyre and the winter tyres. As expected, we know this tyre as the “all-weather” tyre.
The all-weather tyre has been on sale for years now. As a result, the phrase has become stale in the minds of drivers. Although most tyre manufacturers still make the all-weather tyre. Sales have been dropping over the years.
One of the reasons has been the significant improvement of the original winter tyres. These winter tyres are not the noisy monsters that they used to be. Winter tyres have been completely revitalised.
The addition of extra materials has brought winter tyres right up to date. Silica has been the main saviour. Therefore winter tyres are now produced for most of the vehicles on today’s market.
It looked like the death of the all-weather tyres.
Michelin CrossClimate-driving summer tyres in winter
In my opinion, Michelin tyres have turned things around. When winter approaches, some drivers will not spend money on winter tyres. In came Michelin tyres, they introduced a tyre that was a summer tyre that performed well in winter weather.
This was a new concept. Customers are still buying summer tyres that will help them drive in winter conditions. For this reason, in came the Michelin CrossClimate tyre. This video shows how the new style of tyre works in inclement weather.
We took a look for you at the Michelin CrossClimate – driving summer tyres in winter (new all-season tyre technology)
Deutscher Text: http://www.autogefuehl.de/2015/03/11/michelin-crossclimate-mit-sommerreifen-auch-im-winter-fahren/