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.

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 18th consecutive success since 1998.

Patrick Demsey, Porsche driver in the LM GTE Am class, talks about his favourite Le Mans icons and more

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.

“As soon as the cars cross the finish line, we analyse the tyres and start thinking about the improvements we can make for the following year’s race.”

- Serge Grisin, from Michelin Motosports

Le Mans 2014 Results

The 2014 race was won by the #2 Audi-Michelin #2 crew.
Fässler, Lotterer and Tréluyer drove the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, the first hybrid car to win in Le Mans.
The atmosphere was incredible and the team was ecstatic.

Michelin’s victories at Le Mans:

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