Michelin has been announced as the official tyre of the new FIA Formula E Championship, which will see electric cars race on street circuits around the world.
The French company, who withdrew from Formula One at the end of 2006 and is an official partner of the FIA World Endurance Championship, will supply tyres for every car. The FIA said it expects 10 teams and 20 cars for the first season of Formula E in 2014. Two teams, Drayson Racing from Great Britain and China Racing, have already indicated their interest in competing in the series.
The FIA, world motorsport's governing body, said last month that London, Rome, Miami, Los Angeles, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and the Thai city of Putrajaya will host races, although there has been no formal confirmation from local promoters. More details will be revealed in September when the FIA World Council officially ratifies the championship.
FIA president Jean Todt said: “I am delighted to welcome Michelin to Formula E, an innovative new motor sport concept which will highlight the commitment of all participants to what will be an exciting racing championship delivered to the public in city centres with particular attention devoted to sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions.
“Michelin have a long and relevant history of performance allied with technical invention and are therefore ideal partners for Formula E.”
Michelin's Florent Menegaux, the company's director of automobile tyre product line, added: “We are constantly seeking to introduce innovations into our tyres, in order to assure a more efficient and durable mobility. Competition is a formidable testing ground in which to experiment and develop future technologies.
He added: “The FIA Formula E Championship, which focuses on new forms of energy and will take place in an urban setting, will give us the opportunity to apply the very best of our technological know-how.”
Sanctioned by the FIA, Formula E is being promoted by Spaniard Alejandro Agag through a company called Formula E Holdings.
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