For the first time in North America, you can order a car from the factory with winter tires, and the new Ford Focus RS is the first car to get the package. It’s as if it’s designed for snow hoonage out of the box!
One day after his 23rd birthday, Loris Baz was having a lovely afternoon testing his MotoGP bike at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia (where I just rode the new Kawasaki ZX-10R) when the soft compound Michelin rear tire he was riding on blew up—at 180 mph.
Sure, Michelin’s new series “We Are All Racers” is a way for it to hock rubber to its two-wheeled customers. But mission accomplished. I want to hit the track in a bad, bad way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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…
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.…
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…
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…