Over 50 per cent sustainable materials in tires: Michelin has done it!
Speeding up the technologies of tomorrow thanks to motorsport: a conviction held by Michelin, which benefited from the 24 Hours of Le Mans to not only unveil its new tire comprising 53% bio-sourced and recycled materials,
but also to have it driven on, within the framework of this competition. And that is only the beginning…
Motorsport is a great laboratory for developing our sustainable technologies, which will have an impact all our tires of tomorrow. The 24 Hours of Le Mans trial is probably one of the biggest laboratories for testing our new solutions under extreme conditions and speeding up their development. Through motorsport, we are creating very strong relationships with our constructor partners, which allows us to work with them on what may work, and what will work less well, and to offer the solutions that will be needed tomorrow.
- Florent Menegaux, Michelin Group CEO
The point of view of Scott Clark,
Director of Business, Automobile, Motorsport, Experiences, and the American Regions
- Member of the Group’s Executive Committee –
Scott Clark - 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours - Michelin Motorsport
TIRES INTEGRATING SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS, WHICH MEET THE PERFORMANCE DEMANDS REQUIRED ON THE TRACK
For the first time, the Michelin tire containing 53% sustainable materials, fitted to the H24 GreenGT hydrogen racing car took to the track outside the twenty-four race in La Sarthe, within the framework of a Road To Le Mans (Michelin Le Mans Cup) trial session. “Driving on a tire comprising over 50% bio-sourced and recycled materials within the framework of an official competition is a world first. The hydrogen prototype covered several laps on these tires under racing conditions, on the very demanding Le Mans large circuit. Like Team H24 Racing and its driver, Stéphane Richelmi, we are happy with their performance at the expected level.” Matthieu Bonardel, Director of Michelin Motorsport. A result that demonstrates the Group’s ability to keep to the road map it has laid out for itself in order to achieve 100% sustainable materials on all its tires by 2050, with an aim of 40% sustainable materials at Group level by 2030; and all this while maintaining a very high performance level, without degrading the environmental impact of tires throughout their life cycles. Should we believe in this goal? Florent Menegaux, who attended the 24 Hours of Le Mans, responds to this question unequivocally: “Yes! We are on the way, and I’m struck by the speed at which we are making progress.”