Posted 03.15.10


The MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge Begins its Second ALMS Season

If fast is good, then faster and cleaner is even better.  That approach paid off for 12 of the 20 MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge winners in the 2009 American Le Mans Series who also won their respective class on track, including both the prototype and GT winners here at Sebring. Now, in its second full season of ALMS competition ‘the race within the race’ at every 2010 ALMS event expects even tighter competition for America’s premier environmental motorsports awards that kicks off March 20 at the Twelve Hours of Sebring.

“As teams and manufacturers became more familiar with the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge, they did what racers always do, they adapted to improve,” said Silvia Mammone, Michelin Motorsports manager. “One thing that remained fairly consistent throughout the entire season was that the most efficient cars in the race were often atop the scores for the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge.”

The linkage between performance and environmental efficiency is no surprise to the green racing steering group who sought out racing series as a means to speed the development of new fuels and technologies. The American Le Mans Series is the only racing series currently recognized as Green Racing by the group, which is comprised of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International.

Using a formula developed by the Argonne National Labs that includes over 30 different factors, ALMS P1/P2 and GT teams win by delivering the best overall performance, fuel efficiency, and smallest environmental impact throughout the race. All ALMS entries compete with E10 ethanol blended gasoline; E85R gasoline blended ethanol, GTL (natural gas to liquid) biodiesel, E10-electric hybrid power or Iso-butanol gasoline.

The awards are named in honor of MICHELIN® GREEN X® labeled consumer tires that 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 increased fuel-efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. In addition to the ALMS, the awards, with regionalized formulas, are now presented at every Le Mans Series race in Europe and Asia plus the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

For nearly 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.

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.

source http://www.americanlemans.com

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