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.
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.