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Michelin Malaysia News

Latest news from Michelin Malaysia and other parts of the Michelin world.

MICHELIN Rain Tyres see Dovizioso to victory at a soaked Sepang

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Sunday 29 October 2017

MICHELIN Power Rain tyres were again put through their MotoGP™ paces as a massive downpour shortly before the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix soaked the track leading to a wet race which saw Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) splash to victory.

Torrential rain fell over the 5,543m Sepang International Circuit 30-minutes before the start of the race, causing frantic action in the pits as all the teams were forced to change from MICHELIN Power Slick tyres to their wet counterparts. Although the heavy rain subsided, the track was thoroughly wet and stayed in that condition for the whole 20-laps, making conditions extremely difficult for all concerned. This was due to reduced adhesion from the surface because of the amount of dirty water on top of the rubber that had been laid in scorching hot conditions on the previous day and in today’s two Moto3™ and Moto2™ races.

As the lights changed to signal the beginning of the race, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) got a great start from the third row of the grid challenging pole-setter Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) to the first corner. Zarco, using the medium front and soft rear configuration of rain tyres, got there first and led for the next eight-laps before coming under-pressure and then being passed by Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team). The Spaniard then looked to control the race from the front as he tried to make a break, with only his team-mate Dovizioso for company. The duo had both chosen the medium front and rear pairing of tyres and used the grip provided by the MICHELIN Power Rain tyres to push at the front in the tricky conditions, with Dovizioso setting the fastest lap of the race in the process. A mistake on the final turn by Lorenzo on lap-16 then gave Dovizioso the opportunity to grab the lead, which he duly did and held on until the chequered flag and take his sixth victory of the year,  giving Ducati its first one-two of the season in the process. Zarco placed third, a result which saw him as First Independent Rider and secure that title for 2017.

Marquez was next to cross the line, a result which leaves him 21-points ahead of Dovizioso in the championship and means that the title-race will now go to the final event to decide this year’s champion. Fifth was Pedrosa, with Danilo Petrucci (OCTO Pramac Racing) getting up to sixth after arguably the ride of the day, as the Italian was forced to start from pit-lane after all the other riders had started, because his bike had an issue on the warm-up lap and he had to get back to the pits and use his spare machine.  Seventh was Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), with Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) coming home in eighth. Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) rounded out the top-10.

Despite the threat of heavy rain for today’s event, 97,457 fans filled the stands around the circuit, making it the largest race crowd so far recorded at Sepang and earlier in the day they witnessed Franco Morbidelli crowned Moto2 World Champion, taking the title before he moves to MotoGP in 2018.

Michelin and MotoGP now draws a veil over the three-week Asian-Pacific tour, which has seen some incredible racing at three very different venues. The whole paddock now heads to Valencia in Spain where the title will be decided on Sunday 12th November.

Andrea Dovizioso — (Ducati Team):

“It was such a difficult race because the grip was less than it was in the wet on Friday. Maybe this was because of the amount of rubber on the ground and it took a while for me to get a rhythm. The tyre did not drop during the race, but you had to play with the limit because the grip was very low from the track. We managed in a good way and our bike in the wet with the Michelin rain tyres works so good.”

Nicolas Goubert — Deputy Director, Technical Director and Supervisor of the MotoGP Programme:

“Over such a long track and in very tricky conditions we saw lap-times of only just over 10% more than what the guys were doing in the dry and today’s surface was extremely compromised from the amount of rubber laid in yesterday’s practices – where track temperatures were over 50°C – and in the two races earlier today, and also probably from the dust that was in the rain that fell. This made grip a real issue from the asphalt and we are pleased how our tyres behaved in these conditions.

“In the dry yesterday we saw some fantastic lap-times and all the guys reported high levels of grip and if we had had a dry race today all three compounds would most probably have been used, again showing that the variations we bring can be used by all the riders. These three weeks have seen some great racing and we have collected a huge amount of information, which we will now work on and use to move forward in any ways we deem necessary. Now it’s on to Valencia and the final race where we will see the title decided.”

MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S the latest addition to the MICHELIN Pilot Sport tyre family

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28 July 2017

Michelin, the leading innovative tire manufacturer, is launching MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S to support better and more secure mobility. The latest product is an ultra-high-performance tyre specially designed to present maximum, racer-like driving pleasure for sports car and premium sedan drivers - those who prioritize performance and safety.  MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S is built with technology to improve performance and superior handling capability in its class, shorter braking distamce in wet as well as dry road, and optmized durability for longer usage.

Titled “MICHELIN Passion Days”, the event aims to provide the invitees from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia & Brunei the opportunity to test MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S on the track and experience its performance first hand, which are faster speed on dry road, yet maintain stability on wet road with accurate responsive level according to the driver's desire.

The tyre is officially launched on the Malaysian market today – to replace the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport, which is widely recognized as the industry-leading ultra-high-performance tyre for original equipment and replacement applications.

Designed for sports car and premium sedan, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S offers unparalleled driving pleasure, thanks to its exceptional steering precision and directional stability. It provides maximum performance and safety on all surfaces due to its optimized tread footprint which grips the road in all situations, even in the most extreme conditions.

Pascal Nouvellon, Michelin Regional Director for Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, highlighted that, compared to the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport, the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S has faster dry grip (handling lap time), brakes shorter on dry pavement, brakes shorter on wet pavement, and lasts longer with on-road usage.

 “The new MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 S is the result of a unique know-how developed by engineers passionate about their work that redefines the standards of the category. Adapted for driving at the highest levels on road and on track, it has already positioned itself as the best in its class,” explained Pascal.

The new MICHELIN Pilot Sport4 S is crafted through a high-precision process, a unique know-how, and the perfect gesture of Michelin experts. It advances simultaneously several criteria on the same tyre – including Œ High Level of Reactivity with ultra-reactive tread pattern design that adapts continuously to the road for optimized traction;  Excellent Steering Control with the ‘Dynamic Response’ technology that ensures optimum transmission of steering instructions onto the road through a hybrid belt of aramid and nylon; Exceptional Dry Grip and Improvement of Wet Braking with the bi-compound technology using a novel hybrid elastomer on the outer side for dry grip, and a new mix of compounds with specific ‘functional elastomers’ and silica on the inner side to provide excellent wet grip and braking;  Premium Touch Finish with velvet effect that creates a variety of black contrasts on the exterior sidewall, giving premium visual appearance; and  Deep Rim Protector to provide protection for all kinds of wheels.

The ultra-high-performance MICHELIN Pilot Sport4 S is now available in Malaysia to fit rims 19 inch and above, priced starting from RM1,100 and distributed across TYREPLUS and MICHELIN outlets nationwide.

Michelin notches up its 20th consecutive Le Mans success

Michelin notches up its 20th consecutive Le Mans success

 

19 June 2017

After providing Michelin with the first of its recent sequence of victories at Le mans with Laurent Aïello, Stéphane Ortelli and Allan McNish in 1998 (Porsche 911 GT1-98), Porsche fittingly earned the French tyre firm's 20th straight victory in the endurance racing classic today.

This time round, it was Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley (N°2 Porsche 919 Hybrid) who claimed the discipline's most prestigious prize after winning the weekend's drama-packed race which was led during the hours of darkness by the N°1 Porsche 919 Hybrid (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy), in the wake of the near-simultaneous retirements of the N°7 (Conway/Kobayashi/Sarrazin) and N°9 (Lapierre/Kunimoto/Lopez) Toyota TS050-Hybrids, and after the long period spent by the N°8 Toyota (Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima) in its pits to resolve a technical issue.

During this time, the N°2 Porsche concentrated on its bid to recover the chunk of time it had lost on Saturday evening while curing a technical probelm. Undeterred, and after the race had been led briefly by an LM P2 prototype, the three drivers went on to emerge at the top of the order with one hour remaining.

Since the beginning of its uninterrupted sequence of 20 Le Mans victories in 1998, Michelin has won the Le Mans 24 Hours in association with Audi, Bentley, BMW, Peugeot and Porsche. And prior to that, it won the French marathon with McLaren, Mercedes, Alpine-Renault and Chenard & Walcker.

"This run of 20 wins shows that Michelin has succeeded in providing its partners with winning solutions that have matched the evolution of the cars and the race itself over the past two decades," observed Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon. "Our ability to think ahead and respond to new challenges has been one of the driving forces behind the new technologies we have developed over recent years and which have gradually found their way onto our road tyres".

"This approach has allowed us to build fruitful technical partnerships with the automobile world's biggest and most prestigious carmakers, and thereby foster innovations and facilitate the transfer of new technologies from the race trak to the street".

"Today, I would like to congratulate Porsche on its 19th Le Mans victory, especially since our association with the German brand goes back a very long way."

From removeable wheels and tyres, to slicks, radial tyres and solutions adapted to the first diesel-powered prototypes and the latest-generation hybrid LMP1-H cars, the list of Michelin innovations that have showcased their pertinence at Le Mans is very long, and poised to become even longer in the future. Michelin is currently working on a new generation of even more energy-efficient, connected tyres incorporating advanced biotechnologies.

New MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4S Tyre revealed at the world famous ‘YAS Marina F1 Circuit’ in Abu Dhabi

23 April 2017

As part of the MICHELIN Passion Days event, Michelin has gathered selected press from Malaysia for a day of exceptional drives in exceptional cars at the iconic Yas Marina F1 Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The star of this event will be the new ‘MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4S’ – an ultra-high-performance tyre set to be one of the most successful ultra-high-performance tyres ever designed by Michelin for the general public.

Abu-Dhabi invitees have the opportunity to test MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4S on the track and experience its performance first hand, before the tyre is officially launched on the Malaysian market in the next coming months – to replace the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport, which is widely recognized as the industry-leading ultra-high-performance tyre for original equipment and replacement applications.

 

Designed for sports cars and high performance saloons, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4S offers unparalleled driving pleasure, thanks to its exceptional steering precision and directional stability. It provides maximum performance and safety on all surfaces due to its optimized tread footprint which grips the road in all situations, even in the most extreme conditions.

Pascal Nouvellon, Michelin Regional Director for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, highlighted that, compared to the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport, the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4S has faster dry grip (handling lap time), brakes shorter on dry pavement, brakes shorter on wet pavement, and lasts longer with on-road usage.

 

“The new MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4S is the result of a unique know-how developed by engineers passionate about their work that redefines the standards of the category. Adapted for driving at the highest levels on road and on track, it has already positioned itself as the best in its class,” explained Pascal. “Michelin is involved in several motor sport disciplines worldwide, and uses this competitive environment as a laboratory for development of future tyre technologies, which are then used in the development of its production tyres. The confidential testing data that is collected during races on tyre technologies and new rubber compound formulas, enables Michelin’s engineers to continue to push the envelope of tyre performance.”

The new MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4S is crafted through a high-precision process, a unique know-how, and the perfect gesture of Michelin experts. It advances simultaneously several criteria on the same tyre – including:

  1. High Level of Reactivity with ultra-reactive tread pattern design that adapts continuously to the road for optimized traction;
  2. Excellent Steering Control with the ‘Dynamic Response’ technology that ensures optimum transmission of steering instructions onto the road through a hybrid belt of aramid and nylon;
  3. Exceptional Dry Grip and Improvement of Wet Braking with the bi-compound technology using a novel hybrid elastomer on the outer side for dry grip, and a new mix of compounds with specific ‘functional elastomers’ and silica on the inner side to provide excellent wet grip and braking;
  4. Premium Touch Finish with velvet effect that creates a variety of black contrasts on the exterior sidewall, giving premium visual appearance; and
  5. Deep Rim Protector to provide protection for all kinds of wheels.

The ultra-high-performance MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4S will be available in Malaysia in the next coming months and distributed across TYREPLUS and MICHELIN outlets nationwide.

 

Michelin chosen as official tyre supplier for Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar

7th March 2017

Aston Martin has announced at Geneva that it will equip all of its Valkyrie hypercars with MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 ultra-high performance tyres in 265/35 ZR20 front and 325/30 ZR21 rear sizes.

Blurring the line between motorsport and road tyres, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 is the latest generation of road-legal track tyres specially designed for ultra-high performance cars that are used on road and track.

With its high-power, high-downforce, low-weight philosophy the Aston Martin Valkyrie promises to redefine the limits of road car performance and in order to explore these limits on a race track, the Valkyrie will put unprecedented demands on its tyres.

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 uses an innovative range of motorsport-derived technologies such as Bi-Compound technology, which involves the use of different rubber compounds on the inner and outer sections of the tread and Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0, which optimises pressure in the tyre's contact patch so the same amount of rubber is always in contact with the road or track. This means that whether driving in a straight line or cornering, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 offers drivers a unique balance between safety and driving enjoyment that makes it suitable for everyday road use as well as in very demanding conditions on the racetrack. To achieve this level of performance, Michelin engineers focused on simultaneously improving performance in different areas in-line with the Group’s Total Performance strategy.

As a result of this strategy, compared to its predecessor the Pilot Sport Cup+, the Pilot Sport Cup 2 lasts up to 50 per cent longer on track while offering faster lap times*, improves resistance to aquaplaning in wet weather and maintains high levels of driver safety and enjoyment.

 

MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres for the new Porsche 911 GT3

7th March 2017

At the launch of the latest version of the Porsche 911 GT3, eight out of ten cars rolling off the production line will be fitted with specially developed MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 N1 ultra-high-performance tyres, in 245/35 ZR20 front and 305/30 ZR20 rear sizes.

Designed specifically for the Porsche 911 GT3, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 N1 is the latest generation of Michelin’s road-legal track tyres. Compared to its N0 marked predecessor it offers improved lap times, stability and more sporty handling, and provides drivers with a unique balance between safety and driving enjoyment that makes it suitable for everyday road use, as well as in very demanding conditions on the racetrack.

The co-development of these tyres took two and a half years and during this time the tyres were developed and fine-tuned to suit the characteristics demanded by Porsche engineers for the new 911 GT3. This resulted in tyres which offer very high grip levels, consistent performance and excellent front/rear balance, while still conforming to European regulations concerning rolling resistance (R117-2).

This extensive development process led to the production and testing of around 350 prototype tyres and included intensive track testing at Michelin’s Ladoux test centre in France, and the Nürburgring and Nardo tracks in Germany and Italy.

An innovative range of motorsport-derived technologies are used in the tyres, including multi-compound technology where different rubber compounds are used on the inner and outer sections of the tread to ensure high and consistent grip levels in a variety of weather conditions. In addition, Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0 optimises the pressure in the tyre's contact patch so the same amount of rubber is always in contact with the road or track, whether driving in a straight line or cornering.

The trust that Porsche has in the performance of this tyre range is clearly demonstrated by the fact that it is also the original equipment fitment on other Porsche models including the 918 Spyder, Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3 RS.

 

Roborace announces Michelin as official tyre sponsor

15th December 2016

Roborace names Michelin as its official tyre partner. Michelin has been working secretly at its testing facilities and sharing over 125 years of its expertise with Roborace to develop an exclusive solution for the ultimate ‘Robocar’, designed by Daniel Simon, which will feature next-generation Michelin road tyres to be used in the series.

Roborace partners with the best suppliers in the world to push the limits of autonomous development to places never imagined. The tyres are critical as they must be capable of handling the speeds and rigours of a new format of racing when the Roborace series begins. Equally, the tyres must be suitable for use on standard road cars, as one of the key goals of the series is to develop software and hardware that accelerates the speed to market of driverless technology that will benefit the end consumer.

Michelin is the third global partner to be officially announced by Roborace, after Nvidia, which will provide Robocar's A.I. brain with Drive PX2 technology, and Charge, the smart electric truck maker which will supply all power electronics.

“We are extremely proud to have Michelin as our partner. We expect our partners to be bold and to believe in a driverless future where our cities are greener, safer, quieter and smarter in ways that improve everyday lives. Michelin impressed us every time we met and they deeply understand the powerful opportunity of what road travel will become. They are pushing us, and themselves, to develop a world that moves from possibility to reality. Their commitment to safety and innovation, and the way we inspire each other to design the best possible solutions makes this a perfect partnership.” Denis Sverdlov, CEO, Roborace

“We are very excited to confirm our partnership with Roborace today. We have been following the championship’s progress very closely and have been testing privately with them for some time. We are very impressed by the speed at which Roborace has been developing driverless technology and hardware for its championship. Driverless technology is coming and we want to be at the forefront in terms of research and development. At Michelin, we have always been committed to innovation and using global events and motorsport to take our products to the next level, Roborace now provides us with a unique opportunity to apply our expertise and knowhow to the world of autonomous cars. Michelin wants to help shape the future, not just be a part of it.” - Pascal Couasnon, Michelin Motorsport Director.

Michelin is one of the world's most prominent tyre manufacturers and has a long tradition of involvement in motorsport. The French firm is also founding partner and exclusive tyre supplier to the FIA Formula E Championship featuring full-electric cars for which Michelin Motorsport has developed the revolutionary energy-efficient MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV2.

Roborace is currently in its Beta season appearing at Formula E circuits for exhibitions using its development car ‘DevBot’. The official unveiling of the championship's Ultimate car will take place in 2017.

Roborace, as well as being a driverless racing series, provides a platform for the world’s most innovative technology and for automotive companies to test and explore their hardware and software capabilities aimed at helping accelerate their speed to market.

Roborace is documenting the entire process of bringing together the world’s first driverless electric racing championship. The series – Inside Roborace – is available on demand on YouTube and the latest episode on Friday December 16th focuses on the development and testing of Roborace’s specific Michelin tyres at the French company’s base in Clermont-Ferrand.

 

About Michelin:

Michelin is a leading tyre company dedicated to sustainably improving the mobility of goods and people by manufacturing, distributing and marketing tyres for all types of vehicle. It also offers innovative business support and digital mobility services, in addition to the publication of travel, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is active in 170 countries with a total staff of 112,300 and 68 production plants in 17 countries. The Group’s Technology Centre is responsible for research and development and has operations in Europe, North America and Asia. (www.michelin.com)

Michelin Motorsport is the official tyre supplier to and technical partner of the FIA Formula E Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the FIA World Rally Championship and MotoGP™, as well as to many other competitions and events.