MICHELINÂ® GREEN XÂ® CHALLENGE COMPETITION IS RED HOT HEADING TO LIME ROCK PAR K LAKEVILLE, Conn. (July 22, 2010) - Competition in the MICHELINÂ® GREEN XÂ® Challenge is heating...
MICHELIN® GREEN X® CHALLENGE COMPETITION IS RED HOT HEADING TO LIME ROCK PAR K
LAKEVILLE, Conn. (July 22, 2010) - Competition in the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge is heating up as America's premier environmental motorsports competition has made major strides since the American Le Mans Series race here last July.
Since then, the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge has grown into a global initiative with the European- and Asian-based Le Mans Series and the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans all adopting the program to recognize the Prototype and GT car going farthest, fastest, with the smallest environmental impact at each event.
"This is an exciting time for the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge. We are seeing acceleration in the development of new fuels, technologies and energy sources through competition," said Silvia Mammone, Michelin Motorsports manager.
"The continued migration of ALMS teams from E10 to E85R fuels, the introduction of isobutanol fuel, and the impending appearance of hybrid technologies in the series later this season are proving the relevance of the American Le Mans Series and the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge," said Mammone.
Mammone notes that while there were no E85R fueled GT entries at the 2009 Lime Rock race, nine entries, including a single E85R entry from Risi Competizione Ferrari and pairs of E85R entries from Corvette Racing, Flying Lizard Porsche, Extreme Speed Ferrari, and BMW Rahal Letterman Racing are expected at Lime Rock this year.
In addition, the Drayson and Intersport Racing prototypes will race at Lime Rock Park (July 24) on E85R fuel, while the Dyson Mazda prototype races on the isobutanol fuel approved for ALMS competition earlier this year. Drayson recently became the first team to claim MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge victories in both the Asian and American Le Mans Series with its win at the Utah Grand Prix on July 11.
Competition for the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge is exceptionally tight with eight cars from seven different teams and six manufacturers (Porsche, Ferrari, HPD, Peugeot, Chevrolet, and Lola/Judd) winning the first four races (one Prototype and one GT winner per event) of the 2010 season.
"Our focus is multi-faceted - to design and build top quality race cars that are fast and that demonstrate leading edge green technology. Capturing a MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge for Chevrolet and GM is a huge accomplishment and is one of our objectives at every race," said Doug Fehan, program manager, Corvette Racing.
The GTL diesel prototypes from Audi and Peugeot will return to ALMS competition at Petit Le Mans early this fall where an exciting new Porsche 911 GT3R Hybrid is also expected to appear.