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Motorsports

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.

For MICHELIN Motorsport teams, working at the heart of racing, with some of the most successful teams, the richest prize is an improved high performance tyre.

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 in existence. It's one of the most prestigious races in the world and has inspired the creation of many other races, popularising 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.

Meet Benoît Treluyer, 3 times winner of 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.

 

Le Mans 2014 Results

The 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours provided the 263,300 spectators with an action-packed weekend that included the return of Porsche to endurance racing and an early part of the race marked by changeable weather conditions. The drama-filled competition ultimately saw Audi Sport Team Joest claim a one-two triumph.

Feel the speed, the fear, the thrill and excitement of a race track like you've never experienced.

With 18 consecutive wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Michelin confirms its expertise and its constant pursuit of excellence in terms of car performance.

It’s stunning. It’s intense.

Michelin’s victories at Le Mans:

  • 2015

    Hülkenberg/Earl Bamber/Tandy

    Porsche 919 Hybrid

  • 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