The Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced a three-season deal with Michelin for the supply of tyres for the ‘Hypercar Prototype’ top class, which poised to take to the track in the 2020-21 FIA World Endurance Championship (Season 9).
This news comes after a lengthy tender process in which Goodyear, which replaced Dunlop in the WEC this season, also put a bid in.
It now remains to be seen which suppliers take which of the other three classes in the fallout of this news. It is expected that each class will become a single-tyre formula from 2020/21 onwards.
“The FIA World Endurance Championship and particularly the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has enjoyed the benefit of Michelin’s technical expertise and pioneering outlook for many years now,” said Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.
“As supplier of the new Hypercar class, the French manufacturer will be making a vital contribution to the bright new era of endurance racing.”
Scott Clark, Executive Vice President of the Americas region for Michelin Group, responsible for the Company’s global automotive, motorsports and experiences business segments added: “We are very pleased to have been selected as the tyre supplier to the new Hypercar category in the World Endurance Championship, which will enable Michelin to remain committed to the highest level of endurance racing, where our brand has excelled for over 20 years.
“The new Hypercar category, vehicles most similar to exotic “super cars”, offers us new and particularly interesting challenges and also allows us to strengthen our partnership with exclusive vehicle manufacturers.
“As always, our goal is to develop tyres that deliver the highest levels of performance and consistency over their life. Additionally, we look forward to bringing innovations that deliver sustainable solutions to the series, in complete alignment with Michelin Group’s strategy.”