Michelin Rolls On As The Official Tire Of Sebring International Raceway

18 03 2015

GREENVILLE, SC – March 18, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Michelin and Sebring International Raceway announced today that Michelin will continue as the Official Tire of Sebring International Raceway through 2017.

“Sebring has a great tradition and a distinct character that presents a wide range of technical challenges,” said Chris Baker, director of motorsports for Michelin North America. “Virtually our entire portfolio of MICHELIN Pilot ultra-high performance tires can trace its technical heritage to innovations and insights gained through open competition in endurance racing at tracks like Sebring and Le Mans.”

Michelin Sebring International Raceway

“Our Michelin Bridge at Turn 17 is a great reminder of how we link our race tire technology in the Sebring pits to our tire technology in the paddock at BMW, Corvette, Ferrari and Porsche car corrals and to consumers on the street,” said Baker.

The 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring race will provide a robust test of the balance of tire performance as exceptional handling, braking, power down and extended wear all contribute to overall performance.

“We are proud to continue our relationship with Michelin as the Official Tire of Sebring,” said Tres Stephenson, Sebring president and general manager. “Michelin technical partner teams have enjoyed great success at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida for many, many years. Our Sebring fans know and respect Michelin.”

Manufacturers and top independent teams from Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Nissan, Porsche, Toyota have chosen Michelin as their technical partner for the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and/or FIA World Endurance Championship competitions.

Michelin and its technical partner teams have claimed the overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the past 17 consecutive years.

Michelin technical partner teams from BMW, Audi, Peugeot and Porsche claimed the overall 12-hour race victories at Sebring for 15 consecutive years (1999-2013) before the creation of the TUDOR Championship, where Michelin participation is constrained to the open tire GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. Last year’s GTLM class was won by the Porsche North America factory team and Michelin.

Michelin became the first tire maker and just the fourth manufacturer (joining Audi, Ferrari and Porsche) inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame in 2010.

The 63rd running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida will be held on March 21, 2015, and broadcast live on FOX Sports.

About Michelin North America

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs more than 22,750 and operates 20 major manufacturing plants.

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Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle

20 01 2011

January 20, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – A stretched 05 Kawasaki ZX10 piloted by Nick “Apex” Brocha vs. a Corvette-Powered RX7 driven by Jim Guthrie in a high speed drifting battle.

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Nick’s Icon Gear:
Variant Salvo HiViz Helmet
Overlord Prime Hero Jacket
Overlord Prime Pants
Overlord Gloves
Patrol Boots

Jim’s Icon Gear:
Alliance Reflective Helmet
29’r Gloves

Cameras:
Canon 5D
Canon 7D
Panasonic GH1
GoPro Hero HD

RC:
Traxxas Rustler VXL Brushless w/ 11.1v LiPo Battery





General Motors draws on global designers for the new Chevrolet Corvette

10 03 2010

By RICK KRANZ, AUTOMOTIVE NEWS

March 10, 2010 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – For the first time, General Motors studios across the world have submitted design studies for the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette.

Late last year, Ed Welburn, GM’s vice president of global design, invited GM’s 10 styling studios to submit design proposals.

Some “were absolutely phenomenal,” Welburn said. “There is a lot to pick from. The direction that we take is very important, and the decision has not been made.”

Global input on the Corvette’s design is one of several steps GM is taking to attract buyers in Europe, where the car has little appeal, and young U.S. buyers who favor imports.

“We have challenges in the States with the Corvette,” Welburn said in an interview at the Geneva auto show. “The average age of the customer is really rising.”

The current average age of a Corvette buyer is 54, according to the Power Information Network, a unit of J.D. Power and Associates.

Corvette sales are in a tailspin. Last year 13,934 were sold in the United States, down 48 percent from 2008.

The current Corvette debuted in the 2005 model year. Prices range from $49,880 for the base coupe to $107,830 for the ZR-1. Both prices include shipping.

A redesign is due in two to three years, industry sources say.

Corvette critics often cite the sports car’s size, saying it looks big. They also point to what they say is a cheap-looking interior.

Welburn admitted the interior has a problem: “The execution, materials selection–it’s got to be a much better interior. Our customers desire that.”

Welburn said today’s Corvette is about the same size as the Porsche 911, but the styling makes it look bigger. “We have to develop a design that feels trimmer, meaner, to go along with the incredible performance that the car has,” he said.

In addition to styling, content, pricing and marketing strategy are under discussion, he said.

“It is a key time in the development of the Corvette,” Welburn said. “There is a lot of debate and a lot of study on the bandwidth of Corvette.”

But, he added, “It can’t mutate into something that gets so far away from Corvette that it is no longer a Corvette.”

SOURCE: AUTOMOTIVE NEWS

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