Michelin named official tyre supplier to WEC Hypercar class
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced a three-season deal with Michelin for the supply of tyres to the new top class of endurance racing, poised to take to the track in the 2020-21 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
“The FIA World Endurance Championship, and particularly the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has enjoyed the benefit of Michelin’s technical expertise and pioneering outlook for many years now,” comments Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. “As supplier of the new Hypercar class, the French manufacturer will be making a vital contribution to the bright new era of endurance racing.”
Scott Clark, executive vice president of the Michelin Group’s Americas region, who is responsible for the company’s global automotive, motorsports and experiences business segments, adds: “We are very pleased to have been selected as the tyre supplier to the new Hypercar category in the FIA World Endurance Championship, which will enable Michelin to remain committed to the highest level of World Endurance racing, where our brand has excelled for over 20 years. The new Hypercars category, vehicles most similar to exotic ‘super cars’, offers us new and particularly interesting challenges and also allows us to strengthen our partnership with exclusive vehicle manufacturers.
“As always, our goal is to develop tyres that deliver the highest levels of performance and consistency over their life. Additionally, we look forward to bringing innovations that deliver sustainability solutions to the series, in complete alignment with Groupe Michelin’s strategy,” Clark concludes.