Michelin to give greenest team Le Mans entry

AN ENTRY FOR THE 2009 LE MANS 24 HOURS FOR THE WINNER OF THE 2008 MICHELIN ENERGY ENDURANCE CHALLENGE (MEEC) At Barcelona (Spain) today, where teams have gathered for the first round of this year's Le Mans Series, Michelin, the ACO and the LMS...

AN ENTRY FOR THE 2009 LE MANS 24 HOURS FOR THE WINNER OF THE 2008 MICHELIN ENERGY ENDURANCE CHALLENGE (MEEC)

At Barcelona (Spain) today, where teams have gathered for the first round of this year's Le Mans Series, Michelin, the ACO and the LMS announced that the winner of the 2008 MEEC will automatically earn a place on the entry list for the 2009 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Within the framework of this year's LMS, Michelin has decided to reward those teams which succeed in combining performance and energy efficiency at every one of the five races that make up the series. An Energy Efficiency Index (EEI) will be calculated after each race for all classified crews.

The A.C.O, the organisers of the Le Mans Series and Michelin have revised the method of calculation with a view to making it easier to understand. The new formula is:

The Energy Efficiency Index (EEI) will be a ratio between the car's average speed (S), excluding pit stops, and its average fuel consumption (C) during the race.

Formula: S/C EEI Example: 130kph / 10 litres per 100km 13

In 2008, the MEEC will take the form of a championship based on the five rounds of the LMS. The following regulations apply:

A single classification will be produced, irrespective of category.

The 40 best-placed cars in each race will be eligible to score points (40 points for 1st place, 39 points for 2nd place, etc.).

A classification will be published after every race.

The winning crew of each race will receive a trophy during the official podium ceremony.

For each race, the leader of the provisional 2008 MEEC classification will be given a decal - on which the number '1' is written - to be affixed to the car.

The chassis which totals the highest number of points in the course of the championship will win an official entry for the 2009 Le Mans 24 Hours.

An official MEEC ceremony will be organised on the Friday of every LMS round.

An MEEC will also be organised during the 2008 le Mans 24 Hours based on the same system, irrespective of category. The three best crews will also receive a prize.

Frederic Henry-Biabaud - Director, Michelin Competition "Michelin would like to express its thanks to the ACO for reinforcing the MEEC's credentials by allowing the winning chassis of the 2008 MEEC to automatically benefit from an entry for the 2009 Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin is a key player in the world of endurance racing which serves as a genuine proving ground for the technologies of tomorrow. Through its endorsement of this energy index-based challenge, Michelin wishes to underline the influence tyre choice has on fuel consumption. Michelin supports all initiatives and innovations aimed at sustainable mobility."

* Fuel consumption will be converted into Joules/km to take into account the different fuel types used.

-credit: michelin

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