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Excel On The Track

Take your track skills to a new level. Learn from MICHELIN's top drivers who are constantly mastering their art. However, track driving isn't like a simple spin around the block. It's a serious sport that requires training and experience.

Meet the Master

Haslin's days are spent on the track, pushing cars and tyres as far as they'll go in an effort to discover any possible gap in which to improve tyre technology. Based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Haslin is constantly travelling to race on the best tracks around the world, putting tyres to any challenge that he can find. MICHELIN's tyre innovation is owed to the tyre performance shown on the track.

Jerome Haslin, Chief Tyre Tester, with MICHELIN since 1992

  • Knowledge Is Power

    Know the circuit. Learn every turn and stretch to unleash the power of your car, for a tighter, more competitive performance. Not only are MICHELIN tyres tried and tested for optimal tyre performance, but they are also tested for their grip and safety features.

  • Respect the Limits

    Learn the limits of your car's grip on the track. As you advance, you will develop the intuition that you need to pick up on your tyre performance as you drive.

  • Exploit the Curves

    The turn trajectory of your sports car is huge. You want to take curves as widely as possible, easing left before right turns to find the sweet spot, or vice versa. The wider you berth, the faster you can glide through the curve.

  • Steer to the Sweet Spot

    Strike a balance in your turns. Under-steering is when your trajectory is larger than you want, so you can't turn hard enough. Over-steering is cutting it too tight and can cause fish-tailing and spin-outs. You'll feel it in your seat.

  • Cool Your breaks

    Track racing introduces huge amounts of heat into your car's system – especially in the brake pads. Take a lap with minimal braking so that the airflow can cool off the iron brake pads.

  • Fluid matters

    Get high temperature brake fluid and make sure that it's not too old. Track racing is not only tough on your tyres but also hard on fluids.

  • Pressure is Key

    Every tyre has an optimal pressure when hot. Be vigilant about tyre pressure. When the tyre pressure is too high, you can over-steer from insufficient contact between the tyres and the road. On the track, the optimal levels are different from standard recommendations. Most sport tyres shouldn’t surpass 2.5 BAR when hot. But MICHELIN Sport Cup tyres, for instance, should be at 2.2 BAR. Familiarise yourself with the best pressure for your tyres.

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The ultimate career for a track fanatic

See what goes into a day at work for our Chief Tyre Tester,
Jérome Haslin. Be prepared for some serious tyre squealing.


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