Le Mans 24 Hours: An Edition with A Sustainable Flavour


Michelin demonstrated its commitment to making its tyres 100 percent sustainable by 2050 during Le Mans.

24 Straight Victories At Le Mans

Michelin once again demonstrated the performance of its tyres by winning for the 24th time in a row at Le Mans. Unbeaten at Le Mans since 1998, Michelin has claimed its 24th victory on the trot, this time around with endurance racing’s new headlining Hypercars, equipped with new Michelin Pilot Sport tyres. 

"Michelin is involved in motorsports because motorsports for us is an opportunity to really accelerate our work on sustainability, and the best example we have of that is the vehicle that’s hydrogen-powered and with a set of tyres that are 46 percent sustainable content. So, already a significant step," commented Scott Clark, executive Vice President, Automotive, Motorsport, Experiences, and Americas Regions.

Fitted to the fuel-cell-powered Green GT H24 prototype, the Michelin racing tyre that already incorporates 46 percent sustainable materials, ran for the fist time at Le Mans, a concrete example of the Group’s All Sustainable plan, whereby all Michelin tyres will be made entirely of sustainable materials by 2050, with an interim target of sustainable materials making up 40 percent of their content by 2030.

This tyre consequently stands out as an illustration of Michelin’s advance in the field of sus­tainable and high-tech materials and has seen the company successfully combine a high proportion of sustainable mate­rials with very high performance, a circle often considered impossible to square. Such a high proportion of sustainable ma­terials has been achieved by increasing the quantity of natural rubber and incorpora­ting carbon black recovered from end-of-life tyres. The other bio-sourced or recy­cled sustainable materials that go into this new tyre include everyday products like orange and lemon peel, sunflower oil, resin oil and A, along with recycled scrap steel.

During the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Michelin offered to experiment with technologies that can be used to regenerate everyday waste for use in the manufacture of new tyres. Michelin has positioned itself as a leader of innovative partners, bringing together a diverse range of technological realms.

About the author

Richard Wilson is a correspondent for The Tyreman. Since 2015, Richard has worked as a correspondent for all of the titles across the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group namely: Retreading Business, Tyre & Rubber Recycling, Commercial Tyre Business and Truck and Bus News. Richard has worked on/off from the age of 16 for the company and whilst gaining a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Business Studies at Coventry University, he developed his writing skills at the University paper and more recently writing his own independent blog.

Contact: richardjwilson@btconnect.com

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