This Michelin rally tyre can talk to the crew!
Michelin Motorsport will present the sport’s first connected tyres in the next rounds of the 2018 French Rally Championship. These tyres are capable of communicating with drivers and co-drivers. It is made possible by a downloadable smartphone application (iOS and Android) that has been conceived to help competitors improve their performance by optimising the tyre factor.
Michelin Motorsport Connect combines re-usable sensors located in specific housings glued inside Michelin rally tyres, an in-car receiver and a smartphone application.
“Our initial My Rally Engineer app, which was introduced in 2017, is a digital tool designed to allow amateur crews to track and optimise the performance of their tyres. Today, we have gone a significant step further since Michelin Motorsport Connect enables competitors to collect data in real time and benefit from two-way dialogue with their tyres by means of a practical and intuitive new application. Connected technology is a reality in today’s tyre industry and we are exploring ways of making these innovations a real asset for our customers. Rally crews clearly need information that can help them optimise tyre performance,” said Serge Grisin who is in charge of Michelin Motorsport’s Innovations Program.
The tough task of checking the tyre pressures before and after special stages is key to understanding how rally tyres function. With Michelin Motorsport Connect, drivers and co-drivers can permanently monitor tyre pressures, while at the same time benefiting from tyre-related information and being able to log data during rallies. Analysing this data makes it easier to identify the adjustments that need to be made ahead of subsequent competitive sections, the company said.