Sustainable tire production
We know that MotoGP is working towards a fossil-free futurebut Michelin has also worked hard to pioneer the use of durable materials for MotoE racing tires.
This time last year, Michelin announced that 33% and 40% of the materials used to make its FIM MotoE World Cup front and rear tires respectively were sustainable.
For 2022, the French firm’s specialists have managed to increase this proportion to 46% in the case of its rear tire, which gives a weighted average of 40% based on the weights of the front and rear covers.
These figures are perfectly in line with the Group’s objective of reaching an average of 40% for all the tires it markets by 2030.
The improvement seen in MotoE has been achieved primarily by increasing the amounts of natural rubber and regenerated carbon black, a material supplied by Michelin’s partner company, Enviro, which uses an innovative pyrolysis process to recycle tires at the end of their life. life.
In addition, Michelin uses a wide selection of other bio-based and recycled materials to manufacture its MotoE tires, including:
- Orange and lemon zest,
- pine resin,
- Sunflower oil,
The use of sustainable materials for the design and manufacture of Michelin tires is guided by a number of unwavering principles and these are, according to the French firm:
No prejudice to continuous progress in quality or performance. By increasing the proportion of sustainable materials used in the manufacture of its tires, Michelin does not degrade any other quality factor, which means that fundamentals such as safety, performance and longevity are not suffered. They can even be improved.
A guarantee that the incorporation of these new materials translates into an overall improvement in the environmental footprint of the tire at each stage of its life cycle, from its design and manufacture, to its use and recycling.
The actual availability of these materials is taken into account to ensure their large-scale deployment across all ranges marketed by Michelin.