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.
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