SEBRING, Fl. (March 17, 2013) – Audi made MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge history here at the Twelve Hours of Sebring, becoming the first hybrid powered vehicle to claim victory in America’s premier environmental motorsports competition.
The victory completed a sweep for Audi’s R18 e-tron Quattro that combines a turbo diesel engine with electric wheel motors energized by a flywheel storage system. The Audi prototype had previously won both the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans and FIA World Endurance Championship before capturing yesterday’s Twelve Hours of Sebring and MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge.
“Audi was the first to win the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge and the Twelve Hours of Sebring with diesel power, and now their success with the Audi e-tron Quattro further demonstrates that innovative technologies can be fast, clean and efficient,” said Silvia Mammone, motorsports marketing manager, Michelin North America.
The victory was the fourth for Audi in the five-year history of the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge and the 33rd time that an American Le Mans Series race winner has also claimed the environmental honors. The winning Audi was driven by Marcel Fassler, Benoit Treluyer and Oliver Jarvis.
Taking the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge GT class honors was the Houston-based Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Olivier Beretta, Gianmaria Bruni and Matteo Malucelli. The team’s Ferrari finished second in the fiercely contested GT class, surrendering the class lead with just ten minutes remaining in the 12-hour race.
ABOUT THE MICHELIN® GREEN X® CHALLENGE
The Michelin Green X Challenge is now in its fifth season as part of the American Le Mans Series, the only series currently recognized as “Green Racing” by the U. S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International.
The MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge trophies are presented to the respective Prototype and GT winners. The bases for the unique MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge trophies are made of rubber recycled from MICHELIN GREEN X labeled consumer tires.
ABOUT MICHELIN® GREEN X® TIRES
MICHELIN® GREEN X® labeled consumer tires are optimized for fuel economy by reducing their rolling resistance and weight without compromising other key performance factors such as traction, grip and tread wear. Each tire is marked with Michelin’s “GREEN X” symbol on the sidewall, indicating to consumers a level of energy-efficiency that reduces CO2 emissions.
For over 20 years, Michelin has been dedicated to the research and development of energy-efficient tires and now, a complete line of fuel-efficient tires is available to fit the most immediate consumer needs. Please visit www.michelinman.com for a complete list.
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs more than 22,200 and operates 18 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations.
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