Porsche, Michelin on performance mission with tyres with 53% sustainable materials, Auto News, ET Auto
New Delhi: The fully-electric Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance will showcase its potential at 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed on Michelin tyres that contain 53% sustainable materials.
In keeping with its Michelin In Motion policy, the tyre maker plans to make all its tyres exclusively from sustainable materials by 2050, a company statement said.
At last August’s Le Mans 24 Hours, Michelin revealed the new tyre containing 46% sustainable materials it had developed for GreenGT’s fuel-cell electric racing prototype. Today, it has taken the proportion of biosourced and recycled raw materials to 53% for the tyres it has supplied to Porsche, with no detriment to the performance and safety levels that have long been hallmarks of its competition tyres .
The sustainable raw materials that go into these tyres range from natural rubber and carbon black recycled from end-of-life tyres , to orange and lemon peel, pine-tree resin, sunflower oil and scrap steel.
The French firm is effectively determined to accelerate the development of its technologies and their carry-over to production electric-vehicle tyres , while the energy transition provides it with a valuable opportunity for growth, along with a means to showcase its expertise and penchant for innovation.
“Our close work with Porsche on the new, fully-electric 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance race car is concrete evidence of the progress Michelin has made in the fields of sustainable materials and electromobility. Just as it does in the FIA Formula E World Championship and motorcycling’s FIM MotoE World Cup, our involvement in the new all-electric championship alongside Porsche will enable us to accelerate the development of sustainable innovations that are ultimately accessible to all,” said Matthieu Bonardel, Director, Michelin Motorsport.