Michelin Finally Commits To Mass-Producing The 'Tweel' Airless Tire

Today Michelin dedicated a new South Carolina factory to making the Tweel; a "tire/wheel" that uses flexible spindles where a conventional tire holds air. The Tweel can never go flat and never be punctured, and after talking about it for a decade Michelin is finally going to start making it in quantities. » 11/20/14 10:46am 11/20/14 10:46am

Goodwood Just Got Opened To The Public

The Goodwood Estate lies on 12,000-acres of delightful English countryside that hides 32 miles of woodland routes and one very fast historic race track in the middle. Don't have a vintage Bugatti? That's ok, now you can drive BMWs all over the place. » 10/31/14 2:42pm 10/31/14 2:42pm

The Insane Research And Technology Behind Tires That Keeps You Safe

Winter tires were invented by the Finnish in 1934 for commercial vehicles, but after being around for 80 years, some still refuse to use them despite the huge advantage they provide. » 3/21/14 7:00pm 3/21/14 7:00pm

Michelin Made Carbon Fiber Wheels For Citroën Back In 1971

While we're all very happy to see BMW pushing legislators for carbon fiber wheels to reach the (wealthy) masses, let's not forget that once again it was the French who came up with the idea first, because racing of course. » 3/17/14 10:40am 3/17/14 10:40am

Michelin's New Tires Look Like Velvet

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:00 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 3/14/13 9:25am 3/14/13 9:25am

Caption This: Is That An Inflatable Bibendum Suit In Your Pants, Or...?

Le Mans, June 2010. What, exactly, is going on here? What happened next? Do we even want to know? And why does the smile on his face look so... dirty? Photo Credit: Bill Caswell/Chaos Motorsport. » 6/21/10 4:30pm 6/21/10 4:30pm

Bibendum Does Detroit

As you can tell from this cinematic experience, I found Detwa to be tres magnifique. I want to say a big merci beaucoups to my comrades-in-arms — the automakers who kept my champagne glass filled and, of course, les femmes. » 1/22/10 5:15pm 1/22/10 5:15pm

Detroit Eez Shit, Eet Haz No Good Patisseries

How you say, fromage de la porc en anglais? No matter, for we have provided you silly English-speaking so-called auto journalists a restaurant guide Michelin makes for zee Detroit Auto Show. Malheureusement, they're all in Ville de Nouveau York. Eh. » 1/11/10 2:15pm 1/11/10 2:15pm

2009 Michelin Challenge Design Searches For Next Iconic American Vehicle

Michelin has challenged budding car designers to come up with the next iconic American vehicle, referencing past greats like 1968 Ford Mustang. Here’s a gallery of our favorites. » 1/12/09 5:15pm 1/12/09 5:15pm

Drive and Learn: Bridgestone Horse Track Tire Party


A late season rain storm rolled into sunny Los Angeles a few Fridays ago, just in time for us to go down to the Santa Anita race track and blow our meager earnings on the ponies slide around on wet autocross course set up in the parking lot of the San Gabriel Valley horse track. Only a few journalists were on hand… » 5/03/07 4:30pm 5/03/07 4:30pm

We Don't Come Alone; We Are Fire, We Are Stone

Firestone isn't really the Wal-Mart of tires, except that after the Explorer debacle, they sort of ended up seeming that way. We mean, even the American government seems to be willing to bet more on the French. However, there was a time when a Firestone tire at Indianapolis meant something. Ask Foyt and cohorts.… » 2/07/07 7:00am 2/07/07 7:00am

Wert's Good At Faking It: Jalopnik Editor Judges Michelin-Sponsored…

I was all set last night at the MGM Grand Casino in beautifully wet n' cold downtown Detroit — all of us auto writers were finished with our gun-slingin' and were getting hammered on Martinis and learning to play the confounding and confusing game of Bacarat, a game which I think may be akin to nuclear physics in… » 11/17/06 5:45pm 11/17/06 5:45pm

Pad Thai-ers: The Michelin Man in Thailand

Our buddy Mateo sent us this shot of Michelin's Bibendum mascot performing the "warm and charming" Thai wai greeting to customers of a local repair shop. It sure shows more cultural sensitivity than Coca-Cola telling the Chinese it brings back their dead ancestors (Coke Adds Life), or Chevrolet asking Mexicans to buy… » 7/27/06 11:31am 7/27/06 11:31am

Man, Michelin: Challenge Bibendum Takes Paris, Again

That eco-car challenge, named after the Michelin Man — aka Bibendum — carried on over the weekend in Paris, despite the recent death of its champion, Edouard Michelin. The electric rides were palpable. Take, for example, the Courreges ZOOOP (pictured), which revives the Jetsons bubble-car sensibility (also known as… » 6/12/06 9:48am 6/12/06 9:48am

Tire Companies to Consumers: Ten Years and Out

US tire makers have spoken, and they've told the country's cheapskates to upgrade their damn, crusty old, bald tires before they kill someone already. As reported in the Detroit News, Michelin USA and Continental Tire have joined Bridgestone and Firestone in the issuance of technical bulletins for dealers to replace… » 2/23/06 10:04am 2/23/06 10:04am

Michelin Recalls 10k Extra Load Pilot Sports

Michelin's calling ten thousand examples of its Extra Load Pilot Sports back home due to a potential sidewall-blistering problem that can lead to blowouts. Though no accidents have yet been attributed to the flaw, the French tiremaker admits that there is a potential safety risk. Apparently, only one size of the tire… » 12/28/05 11:45pm 12/28/05 11:45pm

Michelin to Depart F1 After 2006 Season

This has been coming for a while, but the day's finally here: Michelin has announced its departure from Formula One after the 2006 season. The FIA claims that the teams were clamoring for a single tire supplier, and thus ruled that there would be only one for the 2008 season, so Michelin bailed on the party early,… » 12/14/05 2:29pm 12/14/05 2:29pm