Sponsored

Drayson's electric speed record uses Michelin Le Mans tyres

Michelin Le Mans tyres help Lord Drayson reach his target of achieving the sub-1000kg electric vehicle land-speed record

Following the announcement earlier this month of a strategic partnership between Drayson Racing Technologies and Michelin, Lord Drayson was successful in his bid to break the World Electric Land Speed Record for a car under 1,000kg by posting an average of 204.185mph over two runs completed within one hour.

Michelin’s LMP1 tyres recently helped Audi to victory in the 90th Le Mans 24 hour race, the second in a row for a hybrid car, and last week the same tyres carried Drayson Racing’s electric race car to a new electric land speed record. The Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le Mans Prototype smashed the previous 175mph record, which had stood for 40 years, by 29.2mph. The record-breaking run took place at Elvington Airfield near York.  

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

The Michelin tyres used by Drayson Racing were confidential-specification LMP1 tyres which have been developed for the sustained high speeds encountered in endurance racing and were designed in association with world-class endurance racing teams. The sizes were 33/68-18 front and 37/71-18 rear. The tyre design chosen for the record attempt offered performance characteristics optimised for the conditions of the challenge and followed Michelin’s Total Performance ethos by managing to combine these often conflicting requirements.

They needed to offer low rolling resistance to reduce battery drain; high traction levels to enable the car to accelerate to maximum speed as quickly as possible; good stability to enable the car to safely run with minimal down-force; and excellent braking performance to ensure the car could be stopped safely before the end of the runway. The Drayson B12 69/EV will be making an appearance at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (11th-14th July) where Michelin are sponsors of the Supercar Paddock and Supercar Run for the second year running. 

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/sports-cars/202115/porsche-ditches-four-cylinder-for-flat-six-in-cayman-and-boxster-gts
sports cars

Porsche ditches four-cylinder for flat-six in Cayman and Boxster GTS

New models eschew turbos with detuned 4-litre from the Spyder and GT4
15 Jan 2020
Visit/aston-martin/dbx-suv/15413/aston-martin-dbx-prototype-review-the-best-suv-yet
Aston Martin DBX SUV

Aston Martin DBX prototype review

It might be late to the party, but has Aston Martin’s first ever SUV nailed the brief?
15 Jan 2020
Visit/used-cars/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
15 Jan 2020
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019