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Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres-2016 Ford Focus RS fitted with Michelin tyres

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres

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Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres

Ford’s new Focus RS models will be equipped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres, depending on customer requirements.

Unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September 201……

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres. Of course, are one of the great French tyre companies best products. One of our customers with a sporting edge to his driving. Consequently, always  fitted Michelin tyres to his Porsche vehicle. Which have been Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres. Hence , for the high performance.

In his favour. He has always been a big fan of  Michelin tyre products. As expected, he said that have never been let down by Michelin products and would always recommend them.

The guys name is Richard. he even travels to Germany to test his skills at the Nürburgring  race circuit, using his Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres. He also uses other Michelin tyre products including Michelin Alpin winter tyres.

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres

Richard always gives us some feedback. Especially, about the performance of his car and tyres. Thus, in order that we may pass relevant information to our other customers. So, who may be looking for advice. On his return from Germany.He said that, “the Cup 2 tyres are on another level in the wet, in the dry I personally found regulating the pressures was more demanding than the Cup 1 tyres and also felt them go off quicker”.

Richard loves the power and the handling. Of these great German cars. hence, making the  Porsche one of the most iconic Sports Cars manufacturers. In the World.
He loves testing out his metallic grey 911 Turbo which is the main vehicle of choice in the majority of the Porsche Driving Experiences.

The 911 fitted with the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres, is known for its outstanding handling with all that power delivered from its rear mounted engine through those big fat rear wheels and tyres.

These tyres will be fitted as original equipment onto some of the new Ford Focus RS high performance models of cars.

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Pirelli F1 Tyres-considering more aggressive F1 tyres – Motorsport.com

Pirelli F1 Tyres

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Pirelli is Pirelli F1 Tyres considering a plan to deliver more varied action in Formula 1, with its new deal to be tyre supplier from 2017 now all but done.

Italian tyre giant supplier retain new season after Michelin Challenge.

It looks as though the long battle of claims and counter claims between Pirelli F1 tyres and Michelin tyres may be over?

Bernie Ecclestone announced the decision on television just before the Russian Grand Prix. This will mean that Pirelli F1 tyres will stay the official F1 series tyre supplier from 2017.

The two giants of the tyre world have been in talks with Bernie Ecclestone for several weeks now and he has come up with the tyre company that he believes will do the best job for F1 racing. The deal has now been completed with Pirelli F1 tyres coming up with the best deal going into the future.

Michelin tyres have been busy in recent times, buying two online tyre retailers out, one in Europe and the other in the UK.  They also supply many of the other motorsport race events including Formula E and Le-Man’s 24 hour racing in France.

Pirelli F1 tyres have had mixed fortunes in trying to find the correct compounds that give right balance between too soft, with tyres that wear out too quickly and too hard giving grip problems.

Pirelli F1 Tyres

Of course, Pirelli Tyres say that they want 2017 to be more experimental. Especially with the emphasis on perhaps more pit stops. Due to using softer compounds.

Pirelli has faced a tough time in finding the right balance between tyres that degrade too much, and those that are too conservative like this year.

An Avid F1 racing fan Lee Churms said recently answering a Facebook comment…

“F1 tell the tyre supplier to make and bring the compound that will make sure options last around 10-20 laps, prime 20-30 laps. For each circuit. That’s why they have different compounds. 40 or more laps could only happen if a hard compound tyre was brought to a low tyre wear circuit. Like Monaco.

But F1 does not allow that. It’s too slow. You will also struggle with low tyre temp. Obviously a softer compound is faster and can make up for the extra pit stop you will have to do. It will also have the right tyre temp.

High tyre wear tracks are bad for soft tyres as you’ll have to pit at least every 8-10 laps. Overheating will occur and you won’t be much faster. So extra pitting will be much slower, than if you were on a harder and slower compound”.

Lee sounds to me to be very knowledgeable about F1 tyre matters.

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Eric Roberts

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Michelin versus Pirelli-promises tyres will make drivers ‘happy’ if it replaces Pirelli – BBC Sport

Michelin versus Pirelli

Tyre company Michelin promises tyres that will let grand prix drivers race faster if it wins the tender to supply F1 from 2017.

Michelin versus Pirelli-drivers have mixed opinions?

F1 drivers are coming out with mixed feelings for the Pirelli race tyres and a Michelin versus Pirelli is beginning to happen.

In my opinion it appears that the drivers are having to think more into their tyres, than they think necessary.

Some race pundits think this is a good thing because it brings other aspects into the races and makes winning more skillful.

The Michelin versus Pirelli confrontation came along when Michelin began to show interest in F1 racing a couple of years ago. The interest has grown as the deadline for the new F1 tyre tender becomes closer.

Michelin claim that their tyres would take the F1 racing scene back to its origins and could be up to three seconds a lap faster.

One of the recent tyre problems has been ,how many races or laps could be achieved on the same tyres.

The Michelin versus Pirelli arguments and claims will go on right up

Michelin versus Pirelli
Michelin tyres have a vast experience in the motorsport field. Supplying tyres to other prestigious race meetings such as Le-Mans in France.

to the tender time. Pirelli say that they have only produced the tyre that they were asked to produce. Michelin on the other hand are saying that their tyres could offer more calculated lap times per tyre.

In my opinion the race to supply the new F1 race season will hot up, with new claims and counter claims.

It will be interesting which of these tyre giants will win the Michelin versus Pirelli battle ahead to supply F1 with their tyres in the coming years.

Eric Roberts

www.pellonautocentre.com/our-blog/

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Michelin UK Tyre Makers-factory never tyres of Dundee – Evening Telegraph

Michelin UK Tyre Makers

Just like their tyres, Michelin UK Tyre Makers,keep rolling on. They never seem to bang a big drum about themselves — they just get their head down and get on with the job. That’s how they arrived in Dundee.

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This is the tyre factory that i had completely forgot about?

The Michelin tyre factory in Dundee, Scotland,UK.

Michelin UK Tyre Makers, made their first tyre their  on November 6 1972 and, in the next  four years from starting the giant French tyre company had, manufactured the  five millionth  tyre, a great achievement.

The factory capacity was increased in 1978, many different car tyres were made their including the new run-flat tyres as far back as 1983.

The factory is due for further expansion and will be one of the few tyre manufacturing plants in the whole of the UK.

Michelin’s UK head office and commercial headquarters is in Stoke-on-Trent. The Stoke site used to manufacture truck tyres and i think Earth mover tyres,(but i could be wrong about that). I do remember visiting the factory in Stoke to collect some earth mover tyres, but they could just have been stored there.

I know that they manufacture tyres in Ballymena (northern Ireland), because they have recently threatened to close the factory, but i think that government help has postponed the closure.

Michelin UK Tyre Makers
Michelin car tyres are produced in Dundee and exported all over the world.

The famous Michelin truck remoulds are still made in Stoke, along with their training centre and offices. There was a time when no other tyre manufacturer could touch Michelin with the quality of their truck carcasses(a name for the old new truck tyres that could be used again as a remould).

And of course Michelin still make car tyres at their factory in Dundee, Scotland. This factory makes over 7 million car tyres, which are exported all over the globe. The factory is also famous for saving energy with the building of wind turbines, to help reduce emissions and lower its carbon footprint.

 

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Michelin want Bigger tyres-Low-profile future for single-seaters

Michelin want Bigger tyres

Michelin’s Serge Grisin explains why race tyre makers want bigger wheels

Michelin want bigger tyres on race cars

In their bid for a better relationship between race cars and the regular passenger car users.

This will improve tyre development and many of the racing world’s premiere single-seater championship events are heading for an  increase in wheel diameters in a bid by Michelin to make the tyres used for racing more relevant to the everyday road cars.

At the moment, the top racing championships such as F1, GP2 and Formula Renault all operate their cars on 13-inch wheels, but tyre suppliers especially Michelin believe that using 17 or 18-inch wheels will help their technology transition more effectively into every day road tyres.

The relatively new world of the  electric racing car championship, Formula E, has become the pace setters, by using different tyres to the rest of the racing world.

Michelin’s Formula E project manager. Serge Grisin says..”From the very start the idea was to have maximum links between our cars and the street tyres of the future,‘So what we learn in racing is much easier to transfer to a street tyre because of the championship’s similarities”.

I believe that the tyre companies will get their own way and why not? they are the ones who are having to speed up the transition to more greener and environmental tyre products. The motorsport scene accelerates the research and development that is required to improve tyre technology.

The bottom line is that Michelin want Bigger tyres and to give the F1 teams more choices as to which tyre compounds to use and have more changes of tyres during a race and practice session. I am not sure whether Pirelli, who are the present suppliers of tyres, agree with this, but i do not think that they will give up the franchise so easily.

Eric Roberts

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

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Michelin Race Expertise- joint venture with Nissan DeltaWing The Tyres

 

This film shows how French tyre manufacturer, Michelin Race Expertise, created bespoke tyres almost as radical as the Nissan DeltaWing itself for the innovative project. To see …

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Michelin Race Expertise
Michelin race tyres are not just good but they are also good looking with the Michelin logo built into the side wall.

This is a good and informative video about the cooperation between Michelin and Nissan to develop a new tyre for the Nissan Delta Wing race car in preparation for the Le Mans race series in France.

One of the things that I was surprised at was the super lightweight tyres that Michelin Race Expertise  developed, and the front tyres only having a width of 4 inch?wow.

if any tyre company can develop a new tyre then it would certainly be Michelin tyres. If they don’t have the expertise, then nobody does. Michelin have been involved in the motorsport scene aver since tyres began and in my opinion they are gearing themselves up to become dominant players in the top flight of motorsport racing throughout the world.

Michelin Race Expertise will be used to help them win the F1 race series tyre supplier, but not without a fight from Pirelli tyres, I assume?

Another recent article of mine shows how Michelin tyres are also going to bid for the prestigious Australian V8 Super championships. Once again it will be the  Michelin Race Expertise that will probably help then succeed in being the tyre supplier their in place of Dunlop tyre, who are suppliers until 2017.

Michelin tyres of course support the famous Le Mans motorsport events through all car classes including their links with Porsche motorsport. Michelin race expertise was the reason that car producers wanted Michelin to develop a new tyre for luxury car makers such as Porsche.

Eric Roberts

Well worth a look at?

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

 

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

http://www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk/michelin-porsche/

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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.

tyre industry
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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