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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.
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.
Date: 1 December, 2016
In line with Michelin’s commitment to Road Safety, the Fill Up with Air (FUWA) program continued to roll in other areas outside of Metro Manila.
Pampanga and Davao were the most recent venues of Michelin’s road safety initiative in August and October 2016. Pampanga was the first to experience FUWA on August 19 and 20. Michelin went to S&R San Fernando to provide free service to motorists in the Pampanga area. A total of 51 vehicles had their tires checked and corrected by Michelin tire experts, who also handed out free check-up, tire adjustments, Michelin freebies and tire safety advice.
When interviewed, motorists said the FUWA campaign gave them peace of mind because they were assured that their tires were in good condition and were safe and ready to take on the rigors of the everyday commute. Residents of Davao were also treated to the same free high quality service from Michelin on October 21 and 22. A total of 48 vehicles were checked and adjusted by Michelin Tire experts, regardless of whether their tires were Michelin brand or not.
“Michelin always aims to foster better and safer mobility. Through our Fill Up With Air campaign, we hope people will pay more attention to the importance of proper tire selection and care. They play a big part in road safety for themselves and their families,” said Michael Nunag, Chief Representative, Michelin Philippines.
Michelin will conduct another FUWA in S&R Cagayan de Oro on December 2 and 3.
The FIA WMSC, which met today in Mexico City, has approved the calendar for the second season of the FIA Formula E Championship. It is made up of 11 races, hosted in 10 cities, with London exceptionally hosting two races, as was the case in the inaugural season.
The second edition of the FIA series for single-seaters powered completely by electricity will get underway on Saturday October 17th this year in Beijing and will end in London, having
travelled to at least nine different countries on three continents. Compared to last season, the main novelty is the appearance on the calendar of the Paris ePrix on April 23rd, which will take place on a circuit built up around the architectural complex of Les Invalides. The venue for the fifth round is still to be decided, while the absence of the Monaco ePrix is due to an alternation of dates with the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, which takes place only on even-numbered years.
“We are pleased to confirm that the second season will again feature 11 ePrix,” commented Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E. “It’s an important sign of stability and it consolidates the
presence of the Championship in the panoply of major global motorsport events run under the aegis of the FIA.”
“Over the past few months, we have received many indications of interest from numerous cities from all over the world, which is another confirmation of the extraordinary reception that
Formula E has received all over the world during its first season,” added Agag. “We have chosen to keep the number of races the same, with the aim of planting even more solid roots in the cities which trusted in us right from the start. We have added one of the world’s most important capitals and an amazing city, Paris, which will be one of the highlights of the season. As for the location of the fifth round, the one on 19th March, we are working to maintain the same geographic allocation of races: the aim is to have a fourth ePrix on the American continent. The first season only ended a short time ago in the fantastic setting of Battersea Park in London and already we cannot wait to get the new season underway with FIA, the teams and our partners.”
Before the opening round in Beijing, Formula E will be on track at Donington Park (UK) in August, for three test sessions of two days duration each (10th and 11th, 17th and 18th, 24th and 25th) which will be open to media representative and the public. It will be the first opportunity to see cars go head to head from the 10 teams that have entered the second edition of the championship, which is now also open to technological competition between various powertrain
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About FIA Formula E Championship:
Formula E is a new FIA championship and the world’s first fully-electric racing series. It represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a framework for research and
development around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability. The first season began in Beijing in September 2014 and completed in
London in June 2015, racing in major cities around the world. The series sees, 10 teams, each with two drivers, going head-to-head to create a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans.
About FIA & Michelin - Today’s partners for tomorrow’s mobility:
As well as being the official Formula E tire supplier, Michelin is an official partner, at the international level, of the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign. This programme is designed to
support the Decade of Action for Road Safety initiated by the UN, the aim of which is to save five million lives over the next 10 years. This programme is set up to educate and advocate for
safer roads, vehicles and behaviours around the globe