Mid-Ohio: Michelin Green X Challenge preview

CONSUMERS AND ENVIRONMENT WIN ALONG WITH CAR MAKERS AND TEAMS IN MICHELIN® GREEN X® CHALLENGE LEXINGTON, OHIO (August 4, 2010) - An increasingly diverse range of manufacturers, teams, and fuels are capturing victories in the MICHELIN® GREEN...

CONSUMERS AND ENVIRONMENT WIN ALONG WITH CAR MAKERS AND TEAMS IN MICHELIN® GREEN X® CHALLENGE

LEXINGTON, OHIO (August 4, 2010) - An increasingly diverse range of manufacturers, teams, and fuels are capturing victories in the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge and that is good news for consumers and the environment.

Designed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the SAE International to accelerate the development of new technologies and energies through motorsports competition, the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge has quickly become the premier environmental motorsports competition in North America.

The awards have now expanded into a global initiative with competition in the European and Asian Le Mans Series and the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The two-hour 45-minute race within the race at the 2.25-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (August 7) is a key feature at every 2010 American Le Mans Series event. The MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge recognizes the Prototype and GT cars that go farthest, fastest, with the smallest environmental impact based upon a comprehensive formula developed by the Argonne National Laboratories.

"The five fuels and energies designated as part of the U.S. Government National Energy Policy are the same five fuels/energies permitted in ALMS competition," said Doug Robinson a member of the "Green Racing working group" that oversees the program. "By using these fuels and energies in competition, vehicle manufacturers, technology developers, and the energy providers learn more about the performance in extreme conditions, how to manage temperatures, related parts and accessories, increase efficiency and reduce emissions," said Robinson. "These findings in competition will help consumers learn more about these technologies and bring these technologies and energies to market faster."

All five energy sources identified as part of the United States Government National Energy Policy (E10 ethanol blended gasoline, E85R gasoline blended ethanol, GTL (natural gas to liquid) biodiesel, E10-electric hybrid power and Iso-butanol blended gasoline) have been used in ALMS competition.

"In the one and one-half seasons of MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge competition we have seen diesels from Audi and Peugeot, E10 and E85R fueled entries from Corvette, Porsche, BMW, Honda, and Lola-Judd all earn awards," said Silvia Mammone, Michelin Motorsports manager, who also notes:


    . "We have clearly seen that the efficiency required to win races is virtually the same efficiency to reduce environmental impact, as 15 of our winners to date also won their respective class in the race.


    . "We have also seen a shift from E10 fuels to E85R. Where last year at Mid-Ohio, only the Corvettes raced in the GT category on E85R, we now have ten cars, including Porsche, Ferrari and BMW also racing on E85R.


    . "Porsche has now officially announced that the exciting Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid will enter the final race of the season, Petit Le Mans.


    . "Racing is the best proving ground for new technologies and the ALMS and the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge are leaders in that effort."

Reflecting the diversity of the ALMS and the relevance of the new technologies competing here, nine different cars from eight teams and six manufacturers have earned the ten MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge awards through the first five races of the 2010 ALMS season.

ABOUT THE MICHELIN® GREEN X® CHALLENGE The MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge, developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International is a race within the race at all 2010 American Le Mans Series events. Teams win by delivering the best overall performance, fuel efficiency, and smallest environmental impact throughout the race. Using a formula developed by the Argonne National Labs that includes over 30 different factors, real time standings are posted on timing and scoring screens throughout the race. The American Le Mans Series is the only series currently recognized as "Green Racing" by the U. S. Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International.

The MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge trophies are presented to the respective Prototype and GT winners. The bases for the unique MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge trophies are made of rubber recycled from MICHELIN® GREEN X® labeled consumer tires.

-source: michelin

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