Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Michelin and the Porsche 918Spyder 9figures, 1 record, 8key messages

On September 18, 2013 (9.18.2013), production began of the new Porsche 918 Spyder. Michelin will be the sole tire supplier for this new hybrid supercar, of which 918 units will be produced.

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 is built with the same tools for racing tires, and offers stability, sporty agility and grip that delivers optimal performance even in high temperatures, and harsh road conditions.

The following is a look at the figures, records and special features of the Porsche 918 Spyder and its tire partner the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 :


 1 tire, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2, certified for use around the world.

 1 global tire supplier for the Porsche 918 Spyder:Michelin.

 2 sizes:265/35-ZR20 for the front wheel and 325/30-ZR21 for the rear.

 3,672 (918 x 4) very high performance Michelin tires will equip this supercar, of which 918 units will be manufactured.

 887hp. The car's horsepower, provided by a 608hp internal combustion engine and two electric motors that deliver 115 and 95 kW.

 340 km/h. The car’s maximum speed.

 3.3 liters/100km. The fuel consumption for this premium sports model.

 79 of CO2/km. The level of carbon emissions, thanks to the model's hybrid powertrain.

 1,280 Nm.The torque that the Michelin tires transmit to the ground when the car accelerates.


 6.57 minutes.The record time posted by the Porsche 918 Spyder, fitted with MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, for 1 lap on the celebrated Nürburgring circuit, a total of 20.832 km, or 417 seconds of “extreme grip.”

8key messages about the technologies integrated in the record-setting MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tire

A highly rigorous development program

 50 evaluations carried out during the certification process.  150 hours of tests on 5 circuits in Europe:The MICHELIN Research and Technology Center in Ladoux, France, the Nürburgring (Nordschleife) circuit in Germany, the Nardo circuit in Italy, the Idiada circuit in Spain and Contidrom in Germany.

 4,000 km driven on the Nürburgring circuit.

 550 prototype tires tested - 200 special series tires - 400 pre-series tires.

A co-development partnership dating back more than half a century

 1 tire manufacturer chosen by Porsche.

 10 years since the beginning of the cooperation project between Porsche and Michelin for the development of special tires for supercars. The partnership began with the Carrera GT in 2003, although the French tire maker and the German car manufacturer have worked together since 1961 on all models in the range.

A major achievement:delivering superior performance in three conflicting areas Performance on dry surfaces (especially on the track), energy efficiency and safety on wet roadswere the demands made by Porsche when developing tires for the 918 Spyder.In short, the performance required from Michelin’s tires perfectly reflects the features of the supercar, which, with its dual thermal and electric powertrain, combines sportiness and lower fuel consumption.

The new MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires developed for the Porsche 918 Spyder deliver outstanding performance in terms of sporty driving and energy efficiency, which results in less rolling resistance and enhanced safety on wet surfaces.

Used at very high speeds and on the track, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 must offerstability (meaning front/rear balance), sportiness (response time and agility), grip (for speed) and a rubber compound that performs well at high temperatures (enabling consistent performance, lap after lap).

To improve safety, the tire’s handling on wet surfaces was of course reworked.As a result, the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 provides stability, balance and grip on wet roads as well as improved resistance to aquaplaning, both lateral (when cornering) and longitudinal (caused by engine torque). The new MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 is characterized by:

Its tread rubber compound

Produced with the same tools used to manufacture racing tires, the tread compound for the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 integrates Bi-Compound technology, which involves the use of different rubber compounds on the inside and outside of the tread.The outer rubber is made with a high molecular weight elastomer whose hardness has been specially designed to deliver maximum adherence and outstanding dry grip on curves, especially on tight corners,while the inner side of the tire uses rubber made with a more rigid elastomer to ensure precision steering.

An aramid fiber belt

The main feature of the belt made with aramid, a high-tenacity fiber, is its heightened tensile strength.This composite is both light and highly resistant;in fact, it is five times more resistant than steel at equivalent weight.Positioned on the crown under the tread, the strip rubber is applied with variable tension between the shoulders and the center of the tire.It is tightened so firmly that it literally locks the tire structure into a practically inelastic belt.As a result, the tire’s shape is effectively preserved and its footprint remains constant, even at very high speeds.

The Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0®

This innovation is adapted from Variable Contact Patch 2.0 technology integrated in the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tire. It optimizes pressure in the tire's contact patch so the same amount of rubber is always in contact with the track, whether driving in a straight line or cornering, even sharply.

A new bead region

The bead region is 10% wider than that of a traditional sports tire.It is strengthened with a high modulus rubber compound that increases the tire's lateral stiffness and delivers sporty responsiveness as well as precision steering.

“Velvet” sidewalls

A special tooling process in the molds combined with the Group’s unique expertise has led to the development of MICHELIN Velvet Technology®.This solution has made it possible to create contrast and shades of black giving a velvet look to certain sections of the outer sidewall using micro-geometry techniques that absorb light.

Sébastien OGIER, Julien INGRASSIA: 2013 World Rally Champions, thanks to their MICHELIN Total Performance package

While speed, consistency and reliability are the ingredients that have helped the Volkswagen Motorsport duo on the way to their first world crown, the performance, strength and longevity of the tyres provided to them by the French tyre manufacturer proved valuable allies in their bid to claim the ultimate prize.

The 2013 season has been an extraordinary human and technological adventure which culminated in this weekend’s Rallye de France-Alsace which was won by the new world champions. From start to finish, they survived a treacherous cocktail of heavy rain and slippery stages, assisted by their soft-compound MICHELIN PILOT Sport S2 tyres which proved a match for the horrendous conditions and a level of grip frequently close to that of ice. They also enabled the drivers to showcase their car control even though the WRC regulations only permit 23 percent of the tyres’ tread to be grooved

Sébastien OGIER and Julien INGRASSIA (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) took full advantage of the potential of their MICHELIN tyres and, after figuring in fourth place for much of the rally, the French duo finally took the top prize at the finish on Sunday afternoon. With the nine-time world champion Sébastien LOEB (Citroën DS3 WRC) out of the running following an ‘off’ on SS15 (‘Vignoble de Cleebourg 1’), the Volkswagen driver had a free reign for the last 42kilometresof competitive action.

The 2013 Rallye de France-Alsace saw second place go to Dani SORDOand Carlos DEL BARRIO (Citroën DS3 WRC). The Spaniards were not eligible to score Manufacturers’ championship points for Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT, but they kept up the pressure all the way to the finish, a little more than a month after the Spaniard’s first world class victory on the 2013 ADAC Rallye Deutschland.

The French round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship was also an important fixture for Jari-Matti LATVALA and Miikka ANTTILA (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) who were third in Alsace. Indeed, the Finns’ mission was to strengthen Volkswagen Motorsport’s advantage in the Manufacturers’ standings and their result helped the German make to extend its lead over its French rival.

Thanks to the victory of Sébastien OGIER and Julien INGRASSIA, MICHELIN has added to the eloquent record it has built up in world class rallying since 1973. The French company’s score now stands at 261WRC rally wins and 21 Drivers’ titles, while this is the first Drivers’ world crown for Volkswagen, coinciding with the first year of its collaboration with MICHELINat the sport’s highest level.

The 2013 World Champion praised the role his tyres have played since the beginning of the season: “I have been very happy with my MICHELINtyres which have been both competitive and reliable on all the types of surface visited by the championship. For wet asphalt, however, I think the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile should authorise the use of proper wet weather tyres.”

MICHELIN Motorsport directorPascal COUASNON and Jacques MORELLI,the manager of the French firm’s rally programmes, extended their congratulations to the Volkswagen Motorsport crew:“Congratulations to Sébastien OGIER and Julien INGRASSIA on behalf of the MICHELIN Group.They have produced a faultless run this season and we are proud to have played a part in their success. Bravo, too, to everyone at Volkswagen Motorsport. This is one of the world’s most competitive motorsport disciplines,yet they succeeded in taking their crew to the top by providing them with a competitive and reliable car out of the box.

“This was the last outing for Sébastien LOEB and Daniel ELENA, and MICHELIN wanted to show its gratitude by presenting them with our own trophy. While the drivers need good tyres to help them win rallies, MICHELIN needs good drivers to help its tyres to progress. The contribution that the nine-time world champions have made on that front in the course of their career has been extremely valuable to us.”

Meanwhile, the Manufacturers’ world championship has yet to be settled. Volkswagen Motorsport tops the provisional order on 342 points, followed by Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team (261 points) with two rounds remaining and 90 points still up for grabs.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Why You Should Hire a Trusted Translation Agency

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