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Motorsport and Michelin: 100 years and counting

first_img Next Motorsport and Michelin: 100 years and countingFor over a century, Michelin has been a pioneer in tyre manufacturing, and has continued to develop cutting-edge technologies for racing tracks all over the world.advertisement IMPACT FEATURE india today digital October 4, 2019UPDATED: October 5, 2019 21:45 IST Competitive sporting events that use motor vehicles have been around for a long time. The first of these events, which are famously known as motorsport, was organized by a French newspaper in 1894. The city-to-city race between Paris and Rouen spanned a distance of 126 km and took the winner 6 hours 48 minutes to finish. Today, the same distance can be easily covered by a rally car in under an hour, with a tea break in between. That’s one way to see how far motorsport has come in the past 125 years, and Michelin has been at its forefront since the very beginning.Much before motorsport started to exist, Michelin was a part of the greatest cycle race ever organized: Paris-Brest-Paris in 1891. Charles Terront finished first, covering close to 1200 km in an astonishing 71 hours 18 minutes, 9 hours ahead of the cyclist who came second. The wheels on his bike were Michelin’s removable bike tires.For over 100 years, Michelin has been a pioneer in tyre manufacturing, and has continued to develop cutting-edge technologies for racing tracks all over the world. Their tire solutions are developed and tested in extreme conditions to create tires for the races the world is yet to see, and their extraordinary track record speaks for itself. When it comes to FIA and FIM championships, Michelin is the manufacturer with the highest number of world titles. These include 390+ driver wins and 28 driver titles in MotoGP, 25 driver titles and 27 manufacturer titles in the World Rally Championship (WRC), 102 wins and 9 titles in Formula 1, 12 and 15 titles in World Superbike Championship and FIM Endurance World Championship respectively, etc.advertisementDue to Michelin’s continued commitment to motorsport, their partnerships with MotoGP, 24h Le Mans, and World Endurance Championship have been extended to 2021. Not just that, their contract with FIA Formula E Championship has been renewed for two more seasons.So, if you ever wondered why Michelin is the first manufacturer that comes to mind when you think of motorsport, their legacy is the answer – an awe-inspiring, unmatchable legacy of developing unprecedented tire solutions and creating winners on the go.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySania Ahmadlast_img read more

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