Michelin tyres are probably best known for their high-performance, all weather tyre designs. However, Michelin also produces a range of off road tyres which are designed for extreme off road conditions. Off road tyres by Michelin are often used by truck drivers, motorcyclists and off road enthusiasts worldwide.
Michelin is a French international tyre manufacturing firm based in Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne -Alpes revision of France. It’s the third largest tyre maker in the world. The company was founded by Jean Pigno and Stephane Charlier in 1954. They invested considerable time and money in researching and developing new materials that would help them make tyres that providing high performance, reliability and durability on all types of road surfaces. Michelin has always had a keen eye for quality and continually strive to improve their car tyres for better performance, better handling and improved safety.
When Michelin began making tyres for Formula One, they set out with the clear objective of providing the best possible run pressure and other specifications for the cars of the times. When it came to choosing which tyre was right for Formula One, there were two options open to them. Option one was to produce a high performance tyre that would be completely waterproof to an extent not seen before, but also had very rigid air flow and a low rolling resistance level. Option two was to use a high performance Tyre which was also waterproof, durable, rigid and had good off road performance, but had a low softness level. When discussing the manufacture of these two separate tyre categories, it became clear that separate compounds were required for different weather conditions.
Michelin have used this philosophy throughout their range of tyres, firstly in motorbike tyres and more recently in their high performance full rimmed road tyres for Formula One. Michelin has made great strides and improvements in their designs over the last few years and their products have set a new benchmark for the industry. Their latest innovation in winter tyres is known as the Radial package. This package has two different compounds, each with its own use and characteristics.
The Radial tyre is predominantly made up of rubber, which is known for its superior water and grip characteristics. However, in addition to this high performing characteristic, the radial tyres feature sidewall flaps which help to provide additional drag.
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