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Michelin introduces the '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.

"Both on the track and on the road, Michelin is a privileged partner of leading car manufacturers like Audi, Peugeot and Porsche. And like those groups that have chosen to promote their diesel technology through Endurance racing, Michelin has focused its attention even more on energy performance through improved rolling resistance for reduced fuel consumption and consequently lower C02 emissions."

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.

Press Contact: Séverine Ray - +33 6 74 68 76 44

March 2007