Race car on the road
With our partner Audi, we work every year to develop the best car for Le Mans 24 hours, pushing tyres to their limits.
When we talked about super sport cars, we immediately think about high speed. The speed has three effects on driving: it decreases the stability of the car, increases shock impacts and generates tyre distortion. Therefore grip, comfort and safety are drastically reduced. That is exactly where Michelin and Audi partnership has led to great improvement over the passenger car category.
All the technologies developed through this successful partnership are then directly transferred to our road tyres.
- The Dual-compound technology and the Asymetric tread-pattern: used on all our high performance tyre line such as Latitude Sport or Pilot Sport, this compound allows an exceptional grip on both wet and dry road.
- The Twaron belt of our pilot sport range used highly-density fiber to provide superior high-speed stability
- The BAZ technology avoids tyre distortion at high speed by distributing equally the tread pressure and maximizing the area of rubber in contact with the road.
One crucial factor that can make you win or lose an endurance race is the number of pit stops that is to say the number of time you have to go back to the stands to change your set of tyres for example. Reducing the number of stops is thus a critical issue. In 2013, it was one of the success factor of Audi against Toyota at the 24 hours of Le Mans. We have been able to reduced tyre usage by 20% over the last 2 years.
For you, this means every high performance Michelin tyres like Latitude Sport, Pilot Sport or Primacy ranges have seen their durability multiplied by two.