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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 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,

Racing tyres: from the tracks to the streets-Tyre development depends on racing tyres

Racing tyres

racing tyres

Global tyre giants are successfully employing cutting-edge technology used for the racing Formula 1 tracks to develop high-performance road tyres.
Innovations introduced by global tyre majors, such a

Source: indiatransportportal.com

This article is right up my street. it is something that I been writing about for years now? racing tyres.

The gist of the article.Thus, really explains what the difference is between Premium tyres and budget tyres. The premium tyres are made by the giant tyre companies of the world.Hence,  such as Continental, Pirelli, Goodyear, Bridgestone .Also,  the lesser known Avon,Kumho and Hankook tyre companies.

All these tyre makers. Therefore,  have participated in the world of motorsport. Of course, and the development of racing tyres. This involvement is two fold in my humble opinion. One is for publicity. motorsport brings huge benefits to the tyre companies,(although it is now closely followed by football advertising).

Motorsport has a huge worldwide coverage and is followed by car loving motorists all over the world.

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The second is the huge chance for the tyre companies to experiment with different tyre compounds and tread patterns. We have all witnessed the controversy in the recent F1

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Continental tyres participate in the famous Daytona race series

series with the different compounds used by Pirelli tyres, on their F1 racing tyres.

These are indeed exciting times. Especially, for me in the tyre world. Naturally, as the tyre companies battle for their places and the right. Therefore, to have their tyres fitted onto the cars owned by the regular drivers.

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Eric Roberts
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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

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Pirelli tyre failure- Blamed on an external cut – SBS

Pirelli tyre failure

“We have conducted a thorough investigation to find out exactly what happened with Nico’s tyre,” said Pirelli motorsport head Paul Hembery. “This investigation now excludes any structural integrity issues.

 

Pirelli tyre failure caused by a cut?

The picture of the tyre in the image shows the Pirelli tyre failure in question. The tyre had a blowout on the F1 car of Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and as any tyre blowout the experience was not a very nice one to say the least.

Tyre blowouts on regular cars can lead to horrific circumstances, especially at high speed. This one of the reasons that “run flat tyres” was developed. This type of tyre is able to withstand a blowout, because it has been developed with stronger side walls and is able to stand a sudden loss in tyre pressure.

Pirelli have examined the Pirelli tyre failure in question and have come to the conclusion that the damage and subsequent blowout were caused by an external cut.

Head of Pirelli motorsport, Paul Hembery said… “We have conducted a thorough investigation to find out exactly what happened with Nico’s tyre,” and that…”This investigation now excludes any structural integrity issues. Based on the information and data available an external source of damage is the conclusion made.”

As the owner of a tyre shop for many years, we often come up with such problems on the regular car tyres of our customers and there

Pirelli tyre failure
This caravan tyre was due to a screw causing the tyres casing to separate. But the damage makes it difficult to diagnose.

can be several reasons for this sort of problem. The difficulty comes when the tyre is completely shredded. This is due to a blowout at high speed, the same as Nico Rosberg has suffered. He described the incident as “heart stopping “as he approached part of the race track known as “Blanchimont” at Spa at high speed, full throttle.

When this happens you really need to hold your nerve and control the car the best that you can. This is something that you can’t really practise and hope that it never happens to you.

In my opinion the tyre on the image looks like some sort of construction breakdown, there is a clear wear area, similar to brake lock situation where the tyre tread is scrubbed away in the spot when the brakes locked. This is common on boy racer cars. The tyre then eventually breaks down completely often blowing out in the damaged spot.

Having not seen the tyre on the F1 car, then we have to leave it to the experts, in this case Pirelli tyres.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/Pirelli%20tyres%20to%20supply%20F4%20cars%20in%202015

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Pirelli’s Tyres Massive Event- Spa 24 Hours-biggest event of the year’ – Tyrepress.com

Pirelli's Tyres Massive Event

Pirelli’s Tyres Massive Event With 9000 tyres transported by 21 trucks, and involving 90 Pirelli personnel on the ground as well as many more away from the circuit, Pirelli will face its biggest logistical engagement in motorsp…

This is a great article from Tyrepress.com?

it shows the massive effort that the top tyre companies have to put in when the attend these prestigious racing events. Pirelli are the tyre suppliers for the Spa 24 hrs race series and will take 9000 tyres (which is nearly the amount of tyres that i sell in my tyre shop in Halifax in a WHOLE YEAR). The tyres will be taken by a massive  21 trucks, and will involve 90 Pirelli personnel on the ground as well as many more on the race track.

The tyres that this Pirelli’s Tyres Massive Event, will be using for the event will be the  P Zero DHC tyre for there is dry conditions and the Cinturato WH for wet driving conditions.  Spa is renowned for its difficult driving conditions and changing weather and so these tyres will have to perform at their best.

The race is also complimented with different car designs offering the tyre suppliers more potential problems. This race series also includes front and rear wheel cars, that will offer the Pirelli’s Tyres Massive Event, more potential head aches as the racing progresses.

Most of the road cars that are used to race at the Blancpain GT Series also use Pirelli tyres as original equipment, cars such as the BMW Blancpain GT Series use the Pirelli P Zero tyres as original equipment. This tyre is a very close relation to the ones used for the racing cars.

The lessons that are learned from the race series will in the longer run benefit the experience of driving these luxury cars on the normal roads.

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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

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Kumho Tyres V8 Supercar driver Alex Rullo, 15, is the youngest winner in V8 history but is still too young to … – The Daily Telegraph

Kumho Tyres V8 Supercar

kumho tyres v8 supercar

MEET Alex Rullo – the 15-year-old V8 star that has been banned from racing in NSW because he is too young.

This Kumho tyres V8 supercar driver guy is only 15 years old?wow

These drivers are from the Go-kart stables.Hence, and more than often make it as fully blown race drivers. Naturally, in various forms of the sport.

Alex Rullo is his name. Thus, he can’t even drive legally on the roads of Australia,(probably anywhere else for that matter)kumho tyres v8 supercar

He is the youngest person ever to win a Kumho tyres V8 Supercar championship race. For this reason, I think that we may be seen a star of the future.Obviously, not that he isn’t anyway?

Kumho tyres. Along with some of the other leading mid-range tyre companies. Therefore, are becoming more and more involved with the motorsport racing scene. Consequently, they are involved from regular rallying. To the more upmarket V8 supercar championships in Australia.

Kumho tyres are also coming up trumps. Even, with the lesser known racing fraternity.These, such as the Mazda MX 5 race series. In a recent  MX-5 forum user. Nick D used the Kumho Ecsta HS51 on his Mazda.

He said that he had tested the tyres on during three laps of Rockingham’s International Super Sports Car Circuit, on the Kumho web site he is quoted to have said  “is famed for its abrasion in the dry and its less than stunning grip in the wet.” And it was a damp day… An extra challenging task for our HS51’s!

Kumho Tyres V8 Supercar

“…where the Kumho felt direct and positive, ideal for a sports car, even just driving slowly round access roads, the Toyo felt far less so.”

The Kumho Hs51 is in direct opposition to the Toyo,s used in this class of racing.  he also said“…the HS51 is really quite a good tyre, it outshone the Toyo in just about every area that matters and just that stability of braking and progression in breakaway at the limit is quite possible going to save quite a few MX-5’s from making car shaped holes in hedges.”

 

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