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Track Endurance Lab

Survival of the fittest

Endurance races like Le Mans are the most gruelling punishment that you can put a car through. They're also the ultimate R&D laboratories. Testing in the world's most intense endurance races lets us continually improve our products.

Le Mans: the ultimate endurance race

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is an iconic and unbelievable race, held since 1923 in Le Mans, France.
That makes it the oldest endurance race that exists.
It's one of the most prestigious races in the world and has inspired the creation of many other races, popularizing the 24-hour format.
Over its storied history, Le Mans has been host to some of motorsport’s most famous moments. It's also an important event for MICHELIN.
Our tyres won the very first edition of the race in 1923, and this year we're going after our 17th consecutive success since 1998.

Take a sneak peek into 24 hours of non-stop driving exhiliration with Le Mans

A year-round focus

A 24-hour race is huge and taxing, but for MICHELIN it's a year-long affair.

The circuit is fast and over 13 kilometres long, made up of over 85% roads that are open to the public the rest of the year. The conditions and levels of grip are inconsistent, testing the versatility and resilience of car and tyre technology.

The variable weather also makes for any number of challenges. It can go from wet to hot and dry very quickly. Tyres need to combine incredible performance, coping with speeds of over 300 km/h, variable conditions and much more.

All this makes winning at Le Mans monumentally difficult, and the perfect challenge to put our Michelin Total Performance philosophy to the test. If our tyres can handle Le Mans, they can handle just about anything.

“As soon as the cars cross the finish line, we analyse the tyres and start thinking about the improvements we can make for the following year’s race.”

- Serge Grisin, from Michelin Motorsports

Le Mans 2014 Results

The 2014 race was won by the No. 2 Audi-Michelin No. 2 crew.
They drove the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, the first hybrid car to win in Le Mans.
The atmosphere was incredible and the team was ecstatic.

  • 2014

    Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer

    Audi R18 e-tron quattro

  • 2013

    Kristensen/McNish/Duval

    Audi R18 e-tron quattro

  • 2012

    Tréluyer/Fassler/Lotterer

    Audi R18 e-tron quattro

  • 2011

    Tréluyer/Fassler/Lotterer

    Audi R18 TDi

  • 2010

    Dumas/Bernhard/Rockenfeller

    Audi R15 TDi

  • 2009

    Brabham/Gené/Wurz

    Peugeot 908 HDi FAP

  • 2008

    Capello/Kristensen/McNish

    Audi R10 TDi

  • 2007

    Biela/Pirro/Werner

    Audi R10 TDi

  • 2006

    Biela/Pirro/Werner

    Audi R10 TDi

  • 2005

    Kristensen/Lehto/Werner

    Audi R8

  • 2004

    Kristensen/Ara/Capello

    Audi R8

  • 2003

    Kristensen/Capello/Smith

    Bentley Speed 8

  • 2002

    Biela/Kristensen/Pirro

    Audi R8

  • 2001

    Biela/Kristensen/Pirro

    Audi R8

  • 2000

    Biela/Kristensen/Pirro

    Audi R8

  • 1999

    Winkelhock/Martini/Dalmas

    BMW V12 LMR

  • 1998

    McNish/Aïello/Ortelli

    Porsche 911 GT1

  • 1995

    Dalmas/Lehto/Sekiya

    McLaren F1 GTR

  • 1993

    Brabham/Bouchut/Hélary

    Peugeot 905

  • 1992

    Warwick/Dalmas/Blundell

    Peugeot 905

  • 1989

    Mass/Dickens/Reuter

    Sauber C9-Mercedes-Benz

  • 1978

    Pironi/Jaussaud

    Renault-Alpine A442b

  • 1923

    Lagache/Léonard

    Chenard & Walcker Sport

Dominate the road with MICHELIN Pilot Sport and Latitude Sport tyres

  • Michelin

    Pilot Sport 3 ST

    Designed for driving pleasure with excellent longevity and safety in both wet and dry conditions.

  • Michelin

    Pilot Preceda 2

    Designed for Asian needs. It combines ultimate sport performances with maximum safety and comfort

  • Michelin

    Latitude Sport 3

    Enhanced driving experience with ultimate comfort & silence for on-road usage SUVs.

What gives us our edge?

Bringing multiple performances together with innovative technologies to deliver the total performance all drivers need-that’s MICHELIN® Total Performance™.