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LE MANS

Survival Of the Fittest

Endurance races like Le Mans are the most gruelling punishment that you can put a car through. They're also the ultimate R&D laboratories. Testing in the world's most intense endurance races lets us continually improve our products.

Le Mans: The Ultimate Endurance Race

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is an iconic and unbelievable race, held since 1923 in Le Mans, France.
That makes it the oldest endurance race in existence.
It's one of the most prestigious races in the world and has inspired the creation of many other races, popularising the 24-hour format.
Over its storied history, Le Mans has been host to some of motorsport’s most famous moments. It's also an important event for MICHELIN.
Our tyres won the very first edition of the race in 1923, and this year we're going after our 17th consecutive success since 1998.

Not just another race, it’s 24 non-stop night-and-day hours of driving, tension, and the unexpected.

  • Le Mans: We Are Racers Episode 1

    Le Mans is a race against time, the elements, the traffic, yourself. From blitzing Silverstone to winning Le Mans, being fast is not enough. This is a team race. It’s about being a racer.

    Get inside the heads of this special breed. Racers at heart, whether they are mechanics, technicians or drivers.

    Follow Michelin and Porsche’s team pushing for the podium for their long-awaited comeback to LMP1. Also racing to maintain Porsche as the title holder in LMGTE Pro.

    The first step is Silverstone, which can now be discovered in Episode 1.

    Watch out Le Mans!

  • Le Mans: We Are Racers Episode 2

    Le Mans is about endurance, but for our racers it's about fighting against many enemies on the track.

    Those enemies are not what you may think: water, air, darkness.
    Discover them now in Episode 2, during our racers’ last rehearsal before Le Mans: the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
    Next stop: Le Mans!

  • Le Mans: We Are Racers Episode 3

    It’s here at last, THE showdown of 2014. The Le Mans 24 Hours.

    Not just another race, it’s 24 non-stop night-and-day hours of driving, tension and the unexpected.

    55 cars. 100+ drivers. Hundreds more pit crew, technicians and support. Each with a different role, they all belong to the racer breed.

    Now at Le Mans, it’s the final face-off for our racers at the wheel: Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Patrick Dempsey.

    Meanwhile, our racers behind the scenes make it all possible. Experience the tension as teams jockey for position, battling countless surprises, twists and turns. Watch as precision trained Michelin experts plan and re-plan the ever-changing race strategy, to enable their team to take the lead in this legendary race. Through 24 intense hours of sun and rain, energy and fatigue, discover our racers.
    It’s thrilling. It’s intense. It’s Le Mans as you’ve never seen it before. Catch it now with Episode 3 on the MICHELIN Passion channel.

A year-round focus

A 24-hour race is huge and taxing, but for MICHELIN it's a year-long affair.

The circuit is fast and over 13 kilometres long, made up of over 85% roads that are open to the public the rest of the year. The conditions and levels of grip are inconsistent, testing the versatility and resilience of car and tyre technology.

The variable weather also makes for any number of challenges. It can go from wet to hot and dry very quickly. Tyres need to combine incredible performance, coping with speeds of over 300 km/h, variable conditions and much more.

All this makes winning at Le Mans monumentally difficult, and the perfect challenge to put our Michelin Total Performance philosophy to the test. If our tyres can handle Le Mans, they can handle just about anything.

“As soon as the cars cross the finish line, we analyse the tyres and start thinking about the improvements we can make for the following year’s race.”

- Serge Grisin, from MICHELIN Motorsports

Le Mans 2014 Results

The 2014 race was won by the No. 2 Audi-MICHELIN No. 2 crew.
They drove the Audi R18 e-torn Quattro, the first hybrid car to win in Le Mans.
The atmosphere was incredible and the team was ecstatic.

 

MICHELIN's victories at Le Mans:

  • 2014

    Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer

    Audi R18 e-tron quattro

  • 2013

    Kristensen/McNish/Duval

    Audi R18 e-tron quattro

  • 2012

    Tréluyer/Fassler/Lotterer

    Audi R18 e-tron quattro

  • 2011

    Tréluyer/Fassler/Lotterer

    Audi R18 TDi

  • 2010

    Dumas/Bernhard/Rockenfeller

    Audi R15 TDi

  • 2009

    Brabham/Gené/Wurz

    Peugeot 908 HDi FAP

  • 2008

    Capello/Kristensen/McNish

    Audi R10 TDi

  • 2007

    Biela/Pirro/Werner

    Audi R10 TDi

  • 2006

    Biela/Pirro/Werner

    Audi R10 TDi

  • 2005

    Kristensen/Lehto/Werner

    Audi R8

  • 2004

    Kristensen/Ara/Capello

    Audi R8

  • 2003

    Kristensen/Capello/Smith

    Bentley Speed 8

  • 2002

    Biela/Kristensen/Pirro

    Audi R8

  • 2001

    Biela/Kristensen/Pirro

    Audi R8

  • 2000

    Biela/Kristensen/Pirro

    Audi R8

  • 1999

    Winkelhock/Martini/Dalmas

    BMW V12 LMR

  • 1998

    McNish/Aïello/Ortelli

    Porsche 911 GT1

  • 1995

    Dalmas/Lehto/Sekiya

    McLaren F1 GTR

  • 1993

    Brabham/Bouchut/Hélary

    Peugeot 905

  • 1992

    Warwick/Dalmas/Blundell

    Peugeot 905

  • 1989

    Mass/Dickens/Reuter

    Sauber C9-Mercedes-Benz

  • 1978

    Pironi/Jaussaud

    Renault-Alpine A442b

  • 1923

    Lagache/Léonard

    Chenard & Walcker Sport

Dominate the road with MICHELIN Pilot Sport and Latitude Sport tyres

  • Michelin

    Pilot Sport Cup 2

    Made for the road, designed for the circuit.
    Make the most of your sports car with the reference tyre in its segment !

  • Michelin

    Pilot Super Sport

    For sport oriented passenger cars and ultra-high performance tuning vehicles.
    An exhilarating driving sensation combined with safety.

  • Michelin

    Pilot Sport 3

    For sport-oriented and powerful passenger cars.
    Acclaimed for its driving precision in all weather conditions.

  • Michelin

    Pilot Sport Cup 2

    Made for the road, designed for the circuit. Make the most of your sports car with the reference tyre in its segment !

  • Michelin

    Latitude Sport 3

    For the highest performing on-road SUV's.
    Enhanced driving experience with ultimate comfort and silence.

  • Michelin

    Latitude Sport

    For the highest performing on-road SUV's. Enhanced driving experience with ultimate comfort and silence.

What gives us our edge?

MICHELIN Total Performance brings you tyres that go faster and last longer.