Michelin enters a new era of endurance racing – Hypercar tire brand in IMSA (America) and FIA WEC (Europe) – Sports, Formula 1, Rally, Track, TT

Michelin enters a new era of endurance racing – Hypercar tire brand in IMSA (America) and FIA WEC (Europe) – Sports, Formula 1, Rally, Track, TT

Although the introduction of Hypercar tests in endurance racing began in the 2020 FIA WEC season, this category promises to reach its true maturity this year, after the entry of many prestigious manufacturers in the fight for victory in the two most important championships of this one. discipline. , and in famous races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The teams already present in the category – Toyota, Glickenhaus and Peugeot – will be joined in 2023 by no less than six brands, which will start or reappear in the championship, such as Porsche, Ferrari, Cadillac, Acura, BMW and Vanwall; while others, such as Alpine, Lamborghini and Isotta Fraschini, will enter in 2024.

Michelin has been chosen as the tire supplier for the entire Hypercar category by the organizers of two of the world’s leading endurance races. The imported prototypes will compete with the MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires, which, thanks to the advanced technology of imitation, were developed over a period of months. Fueled by the success achieved since 2020, the range has evolved further this year, with the aim of providing Michelin partners with high levels of durability and performance. “Our range of Hypercar tires for 2023 is completely new,” confirms Pierre Alves, Endurance Racing Program Director at Michelin Motorsport.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season kicks off with the 24 Hours of Daytona, Florida (USA), on January 28. In this case, the new hybrid prototypes Porsche 963, Cadillac V-LMDh, Acura ARX-06 and BMW M Hybrid V8 with MICHELIN Pilot Sport will make their debut, which was designed to face two or three stages, an important issue due to the quota of the lower tire per race.

Later, on March 11, thirteen Hypercars will gather at the famous circuit at Sebring Airfield, Florida, for the inaugural FIA WEC race. In the main category of the world championship, Michelin will prepare two Toyota GR010 Hybrids, four Porsche 963s, two Ferrari 499Ps, two Peugeot 9X8s, Cadillac V-LMDh, Glickenhaus 007 and Vanwall’s Vandervell.

New regulations prohibit the use of tire heaters, so Michelin Motorsport engineers focused their work on creating new compounds.

The highlight of the FIA ​​​​WEC 2023 season will be the 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 10 and 11). The celebrations for this important anniversary will also mark the centenary of Michelin’s first victory in the French race. Since that victory, achieved in 1923 by Chenard et Walcker Sport de Lagache/Léonard, Michelin has won no less than 30 straight wins at Le Mans, and has remained unbeaten since 1998.