My Cart (0)
Search the site
Postcode or Suburb

Get it fitted.

What location is best for you?
Find a ProductBack

FIA World Rally Championship

FROM 1973 UNTIL 2007 - 34 YEARS OF WORLD CLASS RALLYING

In the course of its uninterrupted presence of 34 years in the FIA World Rally Championship, the Michelin Group has scored 256 victories, won 23 Manufacturers' titles and claimed 20 Drivers' crowns in association with the partners of its brands Michelin and BFGoodrich.
Michelin tyres began winning rallies well before the creation of the World Rally Championship for Makes in 1973. In 1954, the final podium of the Monte Carlo Rally was an all-Michelin affair thanks to competitors who had been using its X tyre, most probably purchased from a local dealer. In the 1960s, Citroën approached Michelin with a view to supplying tyres for the DS on several rallies. However, Michelin's long adventure in the WRC started officially with the Alpine-Renault team on the 1973 Monte Carlo Rally and its involvement would go on to last more than three decades.

Anyone visiting the southeast of France in the heart of the winter of 1973 might have spotted one of the blue and yellow Saviem SG vans packed with rally tyres. Under the helm of Pierre Dupasquier, Michelin Competition's first steps in the newly created World Rally Championship took the form of an association with the Jacques Cheinisseled Alpine-Renault squad. The combination of the lightweight Berlinette's nimbleness, the performance of Michelin's slick radial and the talent of the so-called Four Musketeers . Darniche, Nicolas, Thérier and Andruet . allowed it to dominate the 1973 season. A score of six wins handed Alpine-Renault and Michelin their first world title.

Despite this idyllic start, Michelin failed to dominate the following championships, however, although its products were involved in many of the major upsets that marked the period between 1973 and 1980. The privately-entered Lancia Stratos of Bernard Darniche won the 1975 Tour de Corse on Michelin tyres, while the Michelin-backed Porsche of Jean-Pierre Nicolas took the laurels on the 1978 Monte Carlo Rally. The 1979 championship saw Darniche win both the Monte Carlo Rally and the Tour de Corse with Michelin, before Jean-Luc Thérier claimed the following year's Tour de Corse in a privately-run Michelin-shod Porsche ahead of Röhrl's works Fiat. Meanwhile, Michelin tyres were practically invincible on the World Rally Championship's most punishing rounds (Safari, Morocco, Bandama) on the factory Peugeot 504s.

In 1981, Michelin worked with the Talbot-Lotus team against the factory Ford Escorts, Audi Quattros and Fiat 131s in what turned out to be fiercely contested championship. The combined exploits of Guy Fréquelin and Henri Toivonen enabled Talbot and Michelin to secure the Manufacturers' title. The following season saw Michelin rise to a fresh challenge when it supplied both the traditional rear-wheel drive machinery of the day and the powerful, emerging four-wheel drive cars. In the course of the year, Michelin claimed five wins with three different types of car: the Opel Ascona, the Renault 5 Turbo and the Audi Quattro.

Michelin truly moved into the Group B era in 1984 when Audi and Peugeot both chose the tyres developed especially by Michelin Compétition to cope with the phenomenal power (more than 500hp) of these spectacular prototypes. Between 1984 and 1986, Michelin scored a full-house of three Manufacturers' titles and three Drivers' crowns.

And just as they had dominated the Group B era, Michelin tyres continued to win when Group A cars became the norm, notably with its partner Lancia (five titles). In 1993, Toyota joined the Michelin camp and profited from the French firm's latest innovation . the ATS mousse run-flat system . to take its first world title. At the end of the 1990s, as the first World Rally Cars were starting to appear, Michelin kept a footing in the Group A category with the Mitsubishi Lancer which took Tommi Mäkinen to four straight Drivers' crowns on Michelin tyres.

With the new century came the reign of the World Rally Car, initially led by the Peugeot 206 WRC before the baton was taken up by the Citroën Xsara WRC. Despite the very stiff competition it faced, Michelin's range dominated on all the types of surface visited by the sport's premier series (dirt, snow, asphalt) as its products continued to evolve. Michelin and Citroën continued their longstanding association with a run of three world titles, before Ford and BFGoodrich took over with consecutive Manufacturers' crowns in 2006 and 2007*.

BFGoodrich takes up the gauntlet

The BFGoodrich brand was founded in the USA by Benjamin Franklin Goodrich in 1870 and acquired by the Michelin Group in 1990. At the beginning of the 2000s, it was decided that BFGoodrich would represent the Group in the world of cross-country rallies and, in 2006, it also made its first official steps in the World Rally Championship.

"BFGoodrich's arrival in the WRC was a logical move for the Group," points out the Michelin Group's Competition Director Frédéric Henry-Biabaud. "It was a means of regrouping all our rally activities (rallying and rally-raids) under a single banner. BFGoodrich had built up a strong reputation on the 4x4 market thanks to motor sport and, in order to promote its range of road tyres in Europe, it needed to be present in a major championship."

BFGoodrich was actually poised to make its debut in the WRC as early as 2004: "The transition from Michelin to BFGoodrich in the WRC was to have been a more gradual process. We had initially planned to launch BFGoodrich in the Junior World Championship before progressively equipping other cars and, ultimately, the WRCs. Its tender to supply the Junior World Rally Championship in 2004 was not accepted by the FIA, though, and its arrival on the world scene had to be postponed."

The Michelin Group's marketing team saw BFGoodrich's move into the WRC as perfectly justified. All the surveys showed that the brand would benefit from its involvement in a discipline that was followed by a young, dynamic audience, while Michelin would focus more on cultivating its image as a corporate brand, with a communication policy based on a strategy of promoting brand loyalty. "Michelin no longer communicated on its titles in rallying," continues Frédéric Henry-Biabaud, "while the BFGoodrich communication team was ready to invest in the WRC. For in addition to the sporting value of its presence in the WRC, there have also been the different marketing and sales operations the brand has organised. At every round of the WRC, BFGoodrich has hosted dozens of guests and retailers with a view to promoting its participation across the sales network."

Michelin passed the baton to BFGoodrich on the 2006 Monte Carlo Rally and, three days after the official launch which took the form of a press conference in the Principality's famous casino, BFGoodrich claimed its first world rally win with Marcus Grönholm. "We have never concealed the fact that BFGoodrich called on the expertise and experience of Michelin in the WRC. However, from the communications and marketing viewpoints, it was necessary to dissociate the two brands, with Michelin concentrating on circuit racing and BFGoodrich taking part in rallying. It didn't take long for BFGoodrich to find its footing in the WRC and the developments introduced during the year were BFGoodrich, and no longer Michelin evolutions."

BFGoodrich's commitment to the WRC was to have been for between three and five years, which was the time required to 'position' the brand on the market. "BFGoodrich had a relatively low spontaneous brand recall in Europe," says Cédric Valmalle, BFGoodrich's Europe Marketing Manager. "By the end of the first year, however, BFGoodrich's success was having a strong impact both on sales and on its notoriety on the European market."

Despite no longer being active in the WRC, BFGoodrich will continue its involvement in the sport through the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and various national championships. "We have the material means today to launch BFGoodrich on different national rally championships which will provide a valuable communication platform. On the international front, we will be present in the International Rally Challenge while at the same time pursuing our efforts in the world of rally-raids, of course."

MICHELIN AND BFGOODRICH IN BRIEF

Tommi Mäkinen (4 world titles and 23 WRC wins with Michelin)

"If you've got a good car but you haven't got a good tyre, you can't win. Michelin tyres have always been reliable and very strong whatever the conditions. The people at Michelin always worked hard to produce increasingly competitive new solutions. My final season with the Mitsubishi Lancer in 2001 was unforgettable. The Rally of Portugal was very muddy. I didn't have any narrow tyres and the guys at Michelin were very worried about using the wide tyre in these conditions. In the end, they 're-cut' them in a way that allowed me to go on and win! On the Safari Rally, everyone wondered whether the ATS mousse would work. We did lots of testing but nothing could replace actual competition. In the end, everything went very well."

Didier Auriol (1 world title and 20 WRC wins with Michelin)

"What I'd say about Michelin is that they always had a strong competitive spirit, plus an ability to react very quickly. Whenever a tyre wasn't as good as expected, they redoubled their efforts and came back with an even more competitive product!"

Marcus Grönholm (2 world titles and 16 WRC wins with Michelin, plus 12 with BFGoodrich)

"Before 2006, I had only ever competed on Michelin tyres in the World Championship. It was great to work with Michelin because they always had new compounds or evolutions to try. In 2006, I had the pleasure of continuing with the Michelin Group via a new brand, BFGoodrich. I am proud to have given BFGoodrich its first WRC win."

Sébastien Loeb (2 world titles and 20 WRC wins with Michelin, plus 2 world titles and 16 WRC wins with BFGoodrich)

"Ever since my debut in rallying ten years ago, I have only ever competed on Michelin Group tyres. My driving evolved with Michelin, firstly with its customer competition tyres in the French Championship, then with the advanced competition tyres used in the World Championship and equipped with ATS mousse. They were even more responsive and precise, and even more like racing tyres. On asphalt, I have always competed on 'FP" generation tyres but on gravel I did experience the switch from the 'Z' to the 'BTO' generation tyres which gave incredible lateral grip. I make no difference between Michelin and BFGoodrich; the tyres of both brands were reliable, consistent and their staff really wanted to win. Indeed, I have won nearly as many rallies on BFGoodrich tyres as I did with Michelin."

Guy Fréquelin (Director, Citroën Sport)

"As a former driver, I know how important tyres are in rallying. I had an extraordinary season with the Talbot-Lotus team in 1981. We were on Michelin tyres which, on asphalt, were TRXs at the time. The season ended with second place for me in the Drivers' World Championship, while Talbot won the Manufacturers' title. As a team principal, I enjoyed a long and close relationship with Michelin, and then again with BFGoodrich. We have always worked in the same direction, with mutual confidence, and that scored some excellent results together."

Pierre Dupasquier (Michelin Competition Director until 2005)

"When the World Rally Championship was created, we were already up and running. and winning. At the time, there was no marketing department telling us how to approach motor sport. It was just natural for us to be attentive to the demands of our manufacturer partners when they approached us with a problem to solve.

Michelin's objective was always to provide its partners with the best possible tyres and quality of service, and to show that we were both reactive and reliable."

Matthieu Bonardel (BFGoodrich Rally programme Manager)

"The Michelin Group has been in the WRC for more than 30 years. That time has always been fired by passion, self-questioning and pushing out the technological and performance envelopes in tyre terms thanks to a long list of radical innovations. The latter include the launch of the 'N' asphalt pattern in Spain, the BTO generation gravel tyre which first competed in New Zealand and successful use of the run-flat mousse system over the rocks of the Safari Rally in Kenya. The period has seen us win a long list of individual rallies and more than 20 Drivers' and Manufacturers' titles in association with our ultra-motivated teams and partners following a healthy battle on the stages. For more than 30 years, the brands of the Michelin Group first Michelin and then, these past two season, BFGoodrich . have sought to show how having the right tyre for the terrain and the conditions is as important for a world class rally driver as it is for the ordinary motorist."

THE MICHELIN GROUP'S LANDMARK DATES IN THE WRC

1973

Introduction of slick radials in the World Rally Championship

In 1973, Michelin became the first tyre manufacturer to introduce radial slick tyres into rallying following their successful use in circuit racing. On dry asphalt, the aim was to optimise the amount of rubber in contact with the road in a bid to optimise traction and grip. The 1973 season saw Alpine-Renault win four of the 13 rounds running on radial slicks. Michelin went on to launch radial technology in Formula 1 in 1977 and then in Grand Prix motor cycling in 1984.

1987

Introduction of a mousse run-flat system (ATS) on the Acropolis Rally

The ATS system took its inspiration from a run-flat system used on presidential cars. Michelin launched the system on an experimental basis on the Acropolis Rally on the factory Renault 11s of Ragnotti and Chatriot. The system consists of a ring of technologically sophisticated mousse which is inserted inside the cover before the latter goes on the rim. The ATS system was awarded the Technological Innovation Trophy at the Mondial de l.Automobile in Paris in 1988. In 1989, Didier Auriol won a stage in Greece with all four tyres punctured. Development of the ATS system was long and challenging, especially for events like the Safari Rally. It was only in 2001 that Tommi Mäkinen would succeed in winning the Kenyan event with tyres equipped with ATS mousse. In the course of the 14-round 2002 championship, Michelin's WRC partners were stopped only once because of a puncture!

1995

Launch of patterned asphalt tyres on the Monte Carlo Rally

In response to the latest FIA regulations which outlawed the use of slicks in the WRC, Michelin introduced a new range of patterned asphalt tyres, i.e. with grooves incorporated in the tread during their production in compliance with the minimum land-to-sea ratio requirement of 17% specified by the rules. The N tyre (dry asphalt) featured a 'chicken foot' pattern, while the tread of the intermediate TA tyre (damp or wet asphalt) had a combination of circumferential and diagonal grooving.

1998

The first FP generation (Fort Potentiel) asphalt tyre launched on the Sanremo Rally

The new, extremely rigid construction of the FP generation dry weather asphalt tyre produced considerable gains in terms of cornering grip and longitudinal performance (traction and braking). The chemists then worked on the next step which was to develop compounds adapted to the new construction. Over the years, the spectrum of conditions covered by each compound has become broader in response to successive changes to the regulations. Of the 40 asphalt rounds contested since the 1998 Sanremo, the FP generation asphalt tyre won 39.

1999

New GA & GE winter tyres for Sweden

The Swedish Rally, which used to be the sole out-and-out winter fixture of the WRC, necessitated considerable development on behalf of the tyre manufacturers. The 'Pyramido' tyres of the 1970s featured 600 claw-like studs each. These were screwed into place from inside the casing. The regulations have since changed and lay down strict guidelines regarding the studs' dimensions and the materials used in their manufacture. The 384 studs featured on the GA and GE tyres were all inserted into the tread blocks by hand.

2005

The new-generation BTO gravel tyre introduced in New Zealand

When working on the new BTO generation of gravel tyres, the Michelin Group's engineers and development staff approach the challenge in the same way as they had done when working on the FP generation asphalt tyre. Initial work focused on the rigidity of the tyre's construction which resulted in 20 per cent extra lateral grip and improved braking performance. The compounds then evolved over a period of two years to adapt them to the different types of terrain. The BTO generation gravel tyre has won 27 of the 30 gravel rallies it has contested.

The Michelin Group's WRC Record from 1973 to 2007

  • 256 WRC wins
  • 23 Manufacturers' titles
  • 20 Drivers' titles

Michelin

1973

Monte Carlo - Andruet/"Biche" - Alpine/Renault A110
Portugal - Thérier/Jaubert - Alpine/Renault A110
Morocco - Darniche/Mahé - Alpine/Renault A110
Acropolis - Thérier/Delferrier - Alpine/Renault A110
Sanremo - Thérier/Jaubert - Alpine/Renault A110
Corsica - Nicolas/Vial - Alpine/Renault A110

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Alpine/Renault

1974

Press on Regardless - Thérier/Delferrier - Renault 17 Gordini

1975

Safari - Andersson/Hertz - Peugeot 504
Morocco - Mikkola/Todt - Peugeot 504
10 Corsica - Darniche/Mahé - Lancia Stratos

1976

Morocco - Nicolas/Gamet - Peugeot 504

1978

Monte Carlo - Nicolas/Laverne - Porsche 911
Safari - Nicolas/Lefebvre - Peugeot 504 V6
Ivory Coast - Nicolas/Gamet - Peugeot 504 V6

1979

Monte Carlo - Darniche/Mahé - Lancia Stratos
Sweden - Blomqvist/Cederberg - Saab 99 Turbo
Sanremo 'Tony' - Fassina/Mannini - Lancia Stratos
Corsica - Darniche/Mahé - Lancia Stratos

1980

Corsica - Thérier/Vial - Porsche 911
20 RAC Rally - Toivonen/White - Talbot-Lotus

1981

Monte Carlo - Ragnotti/Andrié - Renault 5 Turbo
Corsica - Darniche/Mahé - Lancia Stratos
Argentina - Fréquelin/Todt - Talbot-Lotus

Michelin - Manufacturers' world title with Talbot-Lotus

1982

Monte Carlo - Röhrl/Geistdörfzer - Opel Ascona 400
Corsica - Ragnotti/Andrié - Renault 5 Turbo
1000 Lakes - Mikkola/Hertz - Audi Quattro
Ivory Coast - Röhrl/Geistdörfzer - Opel Ascona 400
RAC Rally - Mikkola/Hertz - Audi Quattro

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Audi Michelin. Drivers' world title with Walter Röhrl

1983

Sweden - Mikkola/Hertz - Audi Quattro
30 Portugal - Mikkola/Hertz - Audi Quattro
Safari - Vatanen/Harryman - Opel Ascona 400
Argentina - Mikkola/Hertz - Audi Quattro
1000 Lakes - Mikkola/Hertz - Audi Quattro

Michelin . Drivers' world title with Hannu Mikkola

1984

Monte Carlo - Röhrl/Geistdörfzer - Audi Quattro
Sweden - Blomqvist/Cederberg - Audi Quattro
Portugal - Mikkola/Hertz - Audi Quattro
Acropolis - Blomqvist/Cederberg - Audi Quattro
New Zealand - Blomqvist/Cederberg - Audi Quattro
Argentina - Blomqvist/Cederberg - Audi Quattro
40 1000 Lakes - Vatanen/Harryman - Peugeot 205 T16
Sanremo - Vatanen/Harryman - Peugeot 205 T16
Ivory Coast - Blomqvist/Cederberg - Audi Sport Quattro
RAC Rally - Vatanen/Harryman - Peugeot 205 T16

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Audi Michelin . Drivers' world title with Stig Blomqvist

1985

Monte Carlo - Vatanen/Harryman - Peugeot 205 T16 Sweden - Vatanen/Harryman - Peugeot 205 T16 Portugal - Salonen/Harjanne - Peugeot 205 T16 Corsica - Ragnotti/Thimonier - Renault 5 Turbo Acropolis - Salonen/Harjanne - Peugeot 205 T16 New Zealand - Salonen/Harjanne - Peugeot 205 T16 50 Argentina - Salonen/Harjanne - Peugeot 205 T16 1000 Lakes - Salonen/Harjanne - Peugeot 205 T16 Sanremo - Röhrl/Geistdörfzer - Audi Sport Quattro

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Peugeot Michelin . Drivers' world title with Timo Salonen

1986

Sweden - Kankkunen/Piironen - Peugeot 205 T16
Portugal - Moutinho/Fortes - Renault 5 Turbo
Corsica - Saby/Fauchille - Peugeot 205 T16
Acropolis - Kankkunen/Piironen - Peugeot 205 T16
New Zealand - Kankkunen/Piironen - Peugeot 205 T16
1000 Lakes - Salonen/Harjanne - Peugeot 205 T16
RAC Rally - Salonen/Harjanne - Peugeot 205 T16

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Peugeot Michelin . Drivers' world title with Juha Kankkunen

1987

60 Sweden - Salonen/Harjanne - Mazda 323 4WD
Safari - Mikkola/Hertz - Audi 200 Quattro
Corsica - Béguin/Lenne - BMW M3
New Zealand - Wittmann/Pattermann - Lancia Delta 4WD

1988

Monte Carlo - Saby/Fauchille - Lancia Delta 4WD
Sweden - Alen/Kivimaki - Lancia Delta 4WD
Portugal - Biasion/Cassina - Lancia Delta Integrale
Safari - Biasion/Siviero - Lancia Delta Integrale
Corsica - Auriol/Occelli - Ford Sierra Cosworth
Acropolis - Biasion/Siviero - Lancia Delta Integrale
70 Olympus - Biasion/Siviero - Lancia Delta Integrale
New Zealand - Haider/Hinterleitner - Opel Kadett GSI
Argentina - Recalde/Del Buono - Lancia Delta Integrale
1000 Lakes - Alen/Kivimaki - Lancia Delta Integrale
Sanremo - Biasion/Siviero - Lancia Delta Integrale
RAC Rally - Alen/Kivimaki - Lancia Delta Integrale

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Lancia Michelin . Drivers' world title with Miki Biasion

1989

Sweden - Carlsson/Carlsson - Mazda 323 4WD
Monte Carlo - Biasion/Siviero - Lancia Delta Integrale
Portugal - Biasion/Siviero - Lancia Delta Integrale
Safari - Biasion/Siviero - Lancia Delta Integrale
80 Corsica - Auriol/Occelli - Lancia Delta Integrale
Acropolis - Biasion/Siviero - Lancia Delta Integrale
New Zealand - Carlsson/Carlsson - Mazda 323 4WD
Argentina - Ericsson/Billstam - Lancia Delta Integrale
1000 Lakes - Ericsson/Billstam - Mitsubishi Galant VR4
Sanremo - Biasion/Siviero - Lancia Delta Int. 16v
Ivory Coast - Oreille/Thimonier - Renault 5 GT Turbo
RAC Rally - Airikkala/McNamee - Mitsubishi Galant VR4

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Lancia Michelin . Drivers' world title with Miki Biasion

1990

Monte Carlo - Auriol/Occelli - Lancia Delta Int. 16v
Portugal - Biasion/Siviero - Lancia Delta Int. 16v
90 Corsica - Auriol/Occelli - Lancia Delta Int. 16v
Argentina - Biasion/Siviero - Lancia Delta Int. 16v
Australia - Kankkunen/Piironen - Lancia Delta Int. 16v
Sanremo - Auriol/Occelli - Lancia Delta Int. 16v
Ivory Coast - Tauziac/Papin - Mitsubishi Galant VR4

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Lancia

1991

Sweden - Eriksson/Parmander - Mitsubishi Galant VR4
Safari - Kankkunen/Piironen - Lancia Delta Int. 16v
Acropolis - Kankkunen/Piironen - Lancia Delta Int. 16v
1000 Lakes - Kankkunen/Piironen - Lancia Delta Int. 16v
Australia - Kankkunen/Piironen - Lancia Delta Int. 16v
100 Sanremo - Auriol/Occelli - Lancia Delta Int. 16v
RAC Rally - Kankkunen/Piironen - Lancia Delta Int. 16v

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Lancia Michelin . Drivers' world title with Juha Kankkunen

1992

Monte Carlo - Auriol/Occelli - Lancia HF Integrale 16v
Sweden - Jonsson/Backman - Toyota Celica 4WD
Portugal - Kankkunen/Piironen - Lancia HF Integrale 16v
Corsica - Auriol/Occelli - Lancia HF Integrale 16v
Acropolis - Auriol/Occelli - Lancia HF Integrale 16v
Argentina - Auriol/Occelli - Lancia HF Integrale 16v
1000 Lakes - Auriol/Occelli - Lancia HF Integrale 16v
Australia - Auriol/Occelli - Lancia HF Integrale 16v
110 Sanremo - Aghini/Farnocchia - Lancia HF Integrale 16v

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Lancia

1993

Monte Carlo - Auriol/Occelli - Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
Sweden - Jonsson/Backman - Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
Portugal - Delecour/Grataloup - Ford Escort Cosworth
Safari - Kankkunen/Piironen - Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
Corsica - Delecour/Grataloup - Ford Escort Cosworth
Acropolis - Biasion/Siviero - Ford Escort Cosworth
Argentina - Kankkunen/Grist - Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
New Zealand - Mc Rae/Ringer - Subaru Legacy
1000 Lakes - Kankkunen/Giraudet - Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
120 Australia - Kankkunen/Grist - Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
Catalonia - Delecour/Grataloup - Ford Escort Cosworth
RAC Rally Kankkunen/Grist Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Toyota Michelin . Drivers' world title with Juha Kankkunen

1994

Monte Carlo - Delecour/Grataloup - Ford Escort Cosworth
Portugal - Kankkunen/Grist - Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
Safari - Duncan/Williamson - Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
Corsica - Auriol/Occelli - Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
Argentina - Auriol/Occelli - Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
1000 Lakes - Mäkinen/Harjanne - Ford Escort Cosworth
Sanremo - Auriol/Occelli - Toyota Celica Turbo 4 WD

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Toyota Michelin . Drivers' world title with Didier Auriol

1995

130 Sweden - Eriksson/Parmander - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2
Corsica - Auriol/Giraudet - Toyota Celica GT 4
Australia - Eriksson/Parmander - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo3

1996

Sweden - Mäkinen/Harjanne - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo3
Safari - Mäkinen/Harjanne - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo3
Indonesia - Sainz/Moya - Ford Escort RS Cosworth
Argentina - Mäkinen/Harjanne - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo3
1000 Lakes - Mäkinen/Harjanne - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo3
Australia - Mäkinen/Harjanne - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo3

Michelin . Drivers' world title with Tommi Mäkinen

1997

Portugal - Mäkinen/Harjanne - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo4
140 Catalonia - Mäkinen/Harjanne - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo4
Argentina - Mäkinen/Harjanne - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo4
Acropolis - Sainz/Moya - Ford Escort WRC
Finland - Mäkinen/Harjanne - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo4
Indonesia - Sainz/Moya - Ford Escort WRC

Michelin . Drivers' world title with Tommi Mäkinen

1998

Monte Carlo - Sainz/Moya - Toyota Corolla WRC
Sweden - Mäkinen/Mannisenmaki - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo4
Safari - Burns/Reid Mitsubishi - Carisma GT
Catalonia - Auriol/Giraudet - Toyota Corolla WRC
Argentina - Mäkinen/Mannisenmaki - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo5
150 New Zealand - Sainz/Moya - Toyota Corolla WRC
Finland - Mäkinen/Mannisenmaki - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo5
Sanremo - Mäkinen/Mannisenmaki - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo5
Australia - Mäkinen/Mannisenmaki - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo5
Great Britain - Burns/Reid - Mitsubishi Carisma GT

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Mitsubishi Michelin . Drivers' world title with Tommi Mäkinen

1999

Monte Carlo - Mäkinen/Mannisenmaki - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo6
Sweden - Mäkinen/Mannisenmaki - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo6
Safari - McRae/Grist - Ford Focus WRC
Portugal - McRae/Grist - Ford Focus WRC
Catalonia - Bugalski/Chiaroni - Citroën Xsara Kit Car
160 Corsica - Bugalski/Chiaroni - Citroën Xsara Kit Car
New Zealand - Mäkinen/Mannisenmaki - Mitsubishi Lancer EVO6
China - Auriol/Giraudet - Toyota Corolla WRC
Sanremo - Mäkinen/Mannisenmaki - Mitsubishi Lancer EVO6

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Toyota Michelin . Drivers' world title with Tommi Mäkinen

2000

Monte Carlo - Mäkinen/Mannisenmaki - Mitsubishi Lancer
Sweden - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 206 WRC
Catalonia - McRae/Grist - Ford Focus WRC
Acropolis - McRae/ Grist - Ford Focus WRC
New Zealand - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 206 WRC
Finland - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 206 WRC
170 Cyprus - Sainz/Moya - Ford Focus RS
Corsica - Panizzi/Panizzi - Peugeot 206 WRC
Italy - Panizzi/Panizzi - Peugeot 206 WRC
Australia - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 206 WRC

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Peugeot Michelin . Drivers' world title with Marcus Grönholm

2001

Monte Carlo - Mäkinen/Mannisenmaki - Mitsubishi Lancer
Sweden - Rovanpera/Pietilainen - Peugeot 206 WRC
Portugal - Mäkinen/Mannisenmaki - Mitsubishi Lancer
Catalonia - Auriol/Giraudet - Peugeot 206 WRC
Safari - Mäkinen/Mannisenmaki - Mitsubishi Lancer
Finland - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 206 WRC
180 Sanremo - Panizzi/Panizzi - Peugeot 206 WRC
Corsica - Puras/Marti - Citroën Xsara WRC
Australia - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 206 WRC
Great Britain - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 206 WRC

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Peugeot

2002

Sweden - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 206 WRC
Corsica - Panizzi/Panizzi - Peugeot 206 WRC
Catalonia - Panizzi/Panizzi - Peugeot 206 WRC
Cyprus - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 206 WRC
Finland - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 206 WRC
Germany - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
190 Sanremo - Panizzi/Panizzi - Peugeot 206 WRC
New Zealand - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 206 WRC
Australia - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 206 WRC

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Peugeot Michelin . Drivers' world title with Marcus Grönholm

2003

Monte Carlo - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Sweden - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 206 WRC
Turkey - Sainz/Marti - Citroën Xsara WRC
New Zealand - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 206 WRC
Argentina - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 206 WRC
Acropolis - Märtin/Park - Ford Focus WRC
Germany - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
200 Finland - Märtin/Park - Ford Focus WRC
Sanremo - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Catalonia - Panizzi/Panizzi - Peugeot 206 WRC

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Citroën

2004

Monte Carlo - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Sweden - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Mexico - Märtin/Park - Ford Focus WRC
Cyprus - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Turkey - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Argentina - Sainz/Marti - Citroën Xsara WRC
Finland - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Peugeot 307 WRC
210 Germany - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Corsica - Märtin/Park - Ford Focus WRC
Catalonia - Märtin/Park - Ford Focus WRC
Australia - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Citroën Michelin . Drivers' world title with Sébastien Loeb

2005

Monte Carlo - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
New Zealand - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Italy/Sardinia - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Cyprus - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Turkey - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Acropolis - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
220 Argentina - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Germany - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Corsica - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Catalonia - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Australia - Duval/Smeets - Citroën Xsara WRC

Michelin . Manufacturers' world title with Citroën Michelin . Drivers' world title with Sébastien Loeb A total score of 224 WRC wins for Michelin

BFGoodrich

2006

Monte Carlo - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Ford Focus WRC
Sweden - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Ford Focus WRC
Mexico - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Catalonia - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Corsica - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Argentina - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Italy/Sardinia - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Acropolis - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Ford Focus WRC
Germany - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
10 Finland - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Ford Focus WRC
Japan - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Cyprus - Loeb/Elena - Citroën Xsara WRC
Turkey - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Ford Focus WRC
Australia - Hirvonen/Lehtinen - Ford Focus WRC
New Zealand - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Ford Focus WRC
Great Britain - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Ford Focus WRC

BFGoodrich . Manufacturers' world title with Ford BFGoodrich . Drivers' world title with Sébastien Loeb

2007

Monte Carlo - Loeb/Elena - Citroën C4 WRC
Sweden - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Ford Focus WRC
Norway - Hirvonen/Lehtinen - Ford Focus WRC
20 Mexico - Loeb/Elena - Citroën C4 WRC
Portugal - Loeb/Elena - Citroën C4 WRC
Argentina - Loeb/Elena - Citroën C4 WRC
Italy/Sardinia - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Ford Focus WRC
Acropolis - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Ford Focus WRC
Finland - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Ford Focus WRC
Germany - Loeb/Elena - Citroën C4 WRC
New Zealand - Grönholm/Rautiainen - Ford Focus WRC
Catalonia - Loeb/Elena - Citroën C4 WRC
Corsica - Loeb/Elena - Citroën C4 WRC
30 Japan - Hirvonen/Lehtinen - Ford Focus WRC
Ireland - Loeb/Elena - Citroën C4 WRC
Great Britain - Hirvonen/Lehtinen - Ford Focus WRC

BFGoodrich . Manufacturers' world title with Ford* BFGoodrich . Drivers' world title with Sébastien Loeb* A total score of 32 WRC wins for BFGoodrich (*) subject to publication of the official results by the FIA

BFGoodrich's record in rallying and rally-raids in 2007 *

8th Dakar win (Peterhansel/Mitsubishi) 5 wins & 10th FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup title (Sainz/Volkswagen) 21st Baja 1000 win (Post) 16 wins & a total score of four FIA World Rally Championship titles (in 2007: Loeb and BP-Ford) Production World Rally Champions P-WRC (Arai/Subaru) 8 wins & 2 Intercontinental Rally Challenge titles (Garcia Ojeda & Peugeot) FIA European Rally Champions (Jean-Joseph/Citroën) National titles: USA (Pastrana), France (Cuoq), Italy (Basso), Poland (Bouffier), Ireland (Donnelly), Belgium (Cols) and Spain (Fuster)

November 2007