Michelin Introduces ‘Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge’
Given the important role played by endurance racing in its competition strategy, Michelin has decided to launch the ‘Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge’. Based on the 2007 Le Mans 24 Hours and the six rounds of the 2007 Le Mans Series, the scheme will see Michelin reward those teams that make the best use of the fuel they consume, expressed as an Energy Performance Index (EPI) calculated after each event.
Prizes will be awarded to the best-performing teams in all four categories (LM P1, LM P2, GT1, GT2). The Energy Performance Index is based on the following parameters:
– The vehicle’s average speed over the total distance covered,
– The vehicles weight,
– The actual fuel consumption of each vehicle (litres/100km)
Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge results will be published the evening after each race and prizes will be awarded to the teams at the next event on the calendar.
“Michelin’s credentials when it comes to lasting performance go back a long way and our commitment to Endurance racing involves pushing out the envelope in the discipline even further in the realms of energy performance and durability,” said Michelin’s Competition Director Frédéric Henry-Biabaud at the year’s first official Le Mans Series test session today at Le Castellet in France.
Michelin has a long history of environmentally friendly innovations extending from the recycling of used tyres to the development of green tyres which have made a significant contribution to reducing fuel consumption and which today account for 80 per cent of the Michelin range.