Porsche has entrusted Michelin to provide tyres for its most high-performance road-going models, one-make series and sporting events and was selected to partner the German manufacturer for its winning return to top-flight sportscar racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
During the 1980s, Porsche and Michelin won together in the FIA World Rally Championship and World Sportscar Championship.
Since then, Porsche and Michelin have collected a long list of victories in endurance racing, including at Le Mans, in the American Le Mans Series, in the 24 Hours of Spa Francorchamps and in the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
When Porsche announced its decision to return to the prototype class at Le Mans and in the FIA WEC, Michelin was involved in the project from the outset.
For both companies, the Le Mans 24 Hours is a highlight of the motor racing calendar. Their first victory together in La Sarthe dates back to 1998 with the Porsche 911 GT1. In 2015, 17 years later, they secured a resounding one-two finish in front of a crowd of 250,000 spectators.
Porsche and Michelin went on to claim the 2015 FIA WEC Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ crowns in both the prototype and GT classes with the 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR respectively.
The two firms are also bound by very strong commercial and technological ties.
Michelin has developed specific tyres to equip the brand’s sportiest road-going models, as well as acting as the exclusive tyre-supplier to the majority of Porsche Carrera Cup and Challenge series and other events organised by Porsche clubs.
The Porsche/Michelin partnership in figures: