By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer
Since FIA Formula E’s inception, the all-electric street racing series has used just one brand of tire – Michelin.
That’s not changing anytime soon.
Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag and Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon announced in Hong Kong Friday that Michelin has renewed its partnership with the series, reaching a new multi-year agreement that will see the company maintain its position as Official Tyre Supplier of the FIA Formula E Championship through 2021.
“I’m so pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with Michelin as the first partner to commit to the series,” Agag said in a release. “Michelin believed in the concept of the championship since before day one, sharing our vision as an innovative platform to test and develop technology for future road vehicles.
“Formula E is about forward-thinking and Michelin has built a tyre specific to our needs, but also relevant to the everyday cars we drive at home. I’m looking forward to working closely with Michelin until the end of season seven and beyond.”
As part of the agreement, Michelin will continue to create treaded tyres capable of use in both wet and dry conditions for Formula E. The announcement also means Michelin will ride alongside the tour’s next-generation car, which will make its competitive debut at the beginning of Season Five in 2018.
“Michelin believed in the FIA Formula E Championship from the beginning and joined this new discipline as a founding partner,” Couasnon said.
“Today, after only three seasons, Formula E has become a platform of innovation and communication chosen by the most important brands of the world. The contribution of Formula E to the evolution of the automobile is obvious and Michelin wants to move forward with the FIA, Alejandro Agag and his teams, as well as with all manufacturers, on the path of sustainable mobility.
“Michelin is therefore delighted to continue its collaboration with Formula E beyond season five, until 2021. Thus, after having developed innovations such as the first highly energy efficient 18-inch competition tyres for single-seaters, Michelin will continue its research and technology transfer work during the coming seasons.”
Formula E’s fourth season will begin this weekend with the double-header HKT Hong Kong E-Prix.