'Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge'
10000 euros for the winners!
Given the important role played by endurance racing in its competition strategy, Michelin has launched the 'Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge'.
This Sunday afternoon, at the end of Le Mans 24 Hours, the 10000 euros prize will be awarded to the winners team of each four categories.
Based on the 2007 Le Mans 24 Hours and the six rounds of the 2007 Le Mans Series, the scheme see Michelin reward those teams that make the best use of the fuel they consume, expressed as an Energy Performance Index (EPI) calculated after each event.
Prizes will be awarded to the best-performing teams in all four categories (LM P1, LMP2, GT1, GT2).
The Energy Performance Index is based on the following parameters:
- The vehicle's average speed over the total distance covered,
- The vehicles weight,
- The actual fuel consumption of each vehicle (litres/100km)
Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge results are published the evening after each race.
The 10000 euros prize will be awarded this Sunday afternoon at Le Mans, to the winners team of each four categories.
Michelin has a long history of environmentally friendly innovations extending from the recycling of used tyres to the development of green tyres which have made a significant contribution to reducing fuel consumption and which today account for 80 per cent of the Michelin range.
"Michelin's credentials when it comes to lasting performance go back a long way and our commitment to Endurance racing involves pushing out the envelope in the discipline even further in the realms of energy performance and durability," said Michelin's Competition Director Frédéric Henry-Biabaud "Both on the track and on the road, Michelin is a privileged partner of leading car manufacturers like Audi, Peugeot and Porsche. And like those groups that have chosen to promote their diesel technology through Endurance racing, Michelin has focused its attention even more on energy performance through improved rolling resistance for reduced fuel consumption and consequently lower C02 emissions."
"From the first race in 1923, the "Automobile Club de l'Ouest" organized the "24 Hours of Mans" with the aim of proving the reliability of cars. The race was a test bench for new technology on race cars and on road cars, including improvements in the lighting and braking systems, the tyres, the safety of the drivers and also the roads, the clearance of passive security.
For the organizers of motor racing for years to come, the concern is the environment. Indeed, the global warming, the inevitable scarcity of fossil fuel, and the noise pollution created by the automobile are all problems which no individual can ignore.
The Automobile Club de L'Ouest congratulates itself for its association with MICHELIN, within the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Le Mans Series races, and for the common creation of an Ecological Trophy. The trophy is to encourage technological development facilitating a more efficient return on the following energy groups: car, tyres, drivers, engine block and the hatching of new energies.
The events run under the "LE MANS" label must continue to play their role of "laboratory" in the field of the technological innovations, and to propose technical evolutions appropriate to improve the return of new energy ". said President Jean Claude Plassart