24H du Mans

Michelin scores its 25th straight win at Le Mans!

The 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin score its 25th consecutive victory in the world’s most exacting endurance race, this time alongside the #8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Buemi/Hartley/Hirakawa. Every year since 1998, the winners of the world’s most exacting endurance race have placed their faith in the French firm, benefiting from a quarter-century of success and innovation. The #91 Porsche 911 RSR of Bruni/Lietz/Makowiecki took advantage of the latest evolution of Michelin’s Pilot Sport range to top the LMGTE Pro order and establish a new distance-record for the class.

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The tires Le Mans GTE winners trust

They may make fewer headlines than the front-running ‘Hypercar’ prototypes, but the LM GTE contenders have a habit of providing exceptionally thrilling battles at Le Mans. This year, Michelin has every chance of adding to its unique record in the class, simply because all the teams involved are competing on Pilot Sports. Yet the rules permit open competition between tire brands. So why do prestige carmakers like Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Ferrari and Porsche place their trust in the French firm for the world’s greatest endurance race?

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Michelin and Toyota: 30 years of success in world-class motorsport

Since Toyota’s first major victory on Michelin tires in 1992, the two automobile industry giants have worked side-by-side in several forms of topflight motorsport, from world-class endurance racing and rallying, to Formula 1 and Japan’s benchmark Super GT series. This year, they clocked up their fifth straight victory together in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The two firms’ outstanding record began at the snowy Swedish Rally in 1992 when home star Mats Jonsson took the top prize driving a privately-entered Toyota Celica GT4 at a time when the factory operation was competing on the products of a rival tire brand. The very next year, all the factory cars switched to Michelin rubber and Toyota went on to top the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) standings at the end of the season.

After securing a second world rally crown as partners, Toyota and Michelin joined forces in racing at Le Mans, but the competitive Toyota GT-One was beaten by Porsche in 1998, and then by BMW a year later. Determined to make amends in the future, the Japanese make nonetheless scored another world title in the WRC, and also enjoyed success in Super GT before switching to the challenge of Formula 1 in 2002.

Although the program failed to harvest any wins during this period, the team came away with six podium finishes and two pole-positions, as well as a fastest race-lap with Michelin at the championship’s finest circuit – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – in 2005.

Following Michelin’s withdrawal from F1 at the end of 2006, and that of Toyota three years later, the two brands pooled their expertise again in 2012 for an assault on the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC).

The make returned to Le Mans with an exciting new Michelin-equipped electric hybrid prototype (the TS030-Hybrid) which, despite its striking look, proved insufficiently reliable in La Sarthe. It soon started enjoying success in the FIA WEC, however; first of all at Brazil’s 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, and then at its home round – the 6 Hours of Fuji – shortly afterwards.

Two years later, it secured endurance racing’s world title but glory at Le Mans continued to evade it. The team famously suffered its cruelest disappointment there in 2014 when the #5 Toyota TS050 Hybrid was sidelined by a technical problem while leading comfortably with a single lap remaining!

Putting that frustration swiftly behind it, however, the Toyota/Michelin partnership went on to post the fastest average speed ever recorded at Le Mans (251kph) in 2017. The following June, it won the race outright and, during the same period, pocketed yet another Manufacturers’ title in the FIA World Rally Championship.

Toyota has since won Le Mans on four further occasions with Michelin, including this year’s race with the Toyota GR010 Hypercar equipped with Pilot Sport tires developed specifically for endurance racing’s exciting new elite class.

Michelin’s record with Toyota

FIA World Endurance Championship

37 race wins

4 Manufacturers’ world titles

Le Mans 24 Hours

5 consecutive wins (2018>2022)

FIA World Rally Championship

35 wins

4 Manufacturers’ world titles

FIA Formula 1 World Championship

2 pole-positions

6 podium finishes

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Quartararo and Michelin deliver devilish display in Catalonia

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) produced a masterclass performance to claim an assertive win at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Round 9 of 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship. Aided by the grip generated by his MICHELIN Power tires in spite of the hot weather that prevailed in the Barcelona region, the defending champion finished more than six seconds clear of Prima Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco.  

FIA Formula E

A second covers Jakarta top-three!

The first-ever Jakarta E-Prix’s podium finishers Mitch Evans, Jean-Eric Vergne and Edoardo Mortara representing three different MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV-equipped constructors (Jaguar, DS and Venturi) were split by less than a second at the checkered flag in Indonesia!

Michelin wins the 2022 Nürburgring 24 Hours with Audi

Thirty years after its maiden victory in the German endurance racing classic, Michelin topped the order at the 50th edition of the Nürburgring 24 Hours with the N°15 Audi Sport Team Phoenix R8 LMS crewed by Robin Frijns, Dries Vanthoor, Frédéric Vervisch and Kelvin Van der Linde. The race permits open competition between tire manufacturers, but Michelin was chosen to equip no fewer than 73 of this year’s starters. It went on to monopolize the final top three, with GetSpeed Mercedes-AMG GT3s sharing the other two podium places. The closing stages were marked by unsettled weather but the MICHELIN Pilot Sport range provided yet more evidence of its versatility, consistency and efficiency around the venue’s infamous 25-kilometer Nordschleife, in front of 230,000 spectators! 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Bagnaia takes home win as Michelin’s range covers all the weekend’s conditions

The Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley (Round 8 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship) was won by home star Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), ahead of defending champion Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) came third to make it three different bikemakers on the podium, while two different tire combinations finished in the top-three to provide a further demonstration of the MICHELIN Power range’s exceptional versatility.  

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