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Michelin to remain as Formula E tire supplier until 2022

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Michelin are to remain the exclusive tire supplier to Formula E until the end of the 2021/22 World Championship season.

Founding partner of the series since its debut in 2014, Michelin has used Formula E as a test bed in developing three generations of Michelin tires for this discipline.

Matthieu Bonardel, Director of Michelin Motorsport said: “Michelin is proud to have been a pioneer as a founding partner of the FIA Formula E Championship.”

“We have contributed greatly to the success of the discipline, which today relies on the commitment of ten car manufacturers. We will remain fully committed to Formula E until 2022. While at the same time, Michelin will continue to develop its other partnerships to demonstrate that sporting competition and sustainable mobility are inseparable.”

Recognized for its longevity and versatility, the Michelin Pilot Sport EV tire has shown itself to be revolutionary not only for its performance qualities but also for the significant reduction in the number of tires necessary for the smooth running of races.

At the start of the 2016/17 campaign, Michelin introduced a brand new tire, the Sport EV2, which offers a significant improvement in energy efficiency.

The current third generation of tires introduced by Michelin are 9 Kg lighter than the original model and has seen significantly reduced tire wear.

By developing grooved road tires for use on the racetrack has allowed Michelin to incorporate much of what it has learned into the series into its off-the-shelf road production tires.

The ability to transfer the technological innovations to the road is also helped by the use of 18-inch diameter tires which is much closer to production tires than is usually seen in competition racing.

Michelin will continue to innovate and use Formula E as a platform to help improve its tires for the road.

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