Taking Air out of the Tire Equation

Since 2005, Michelin has been developing a tire-wheel combo appropriately named the “Tweel.” With steel and rubber that form a strong and flexible structure, the Tweel possesses all the necessary qualities of regular tires but without the possibility of losing air. Currently, Tweels are being used for skid steers (you know — those mini, one-person tractors that have the cage around the driver) and commercial lawnmowers, which encounter flat tires … Continue reading

Brand Spotlight: Michelin

It might come as a surprise to many that Michelin, known around the world for its superb tires, didn’t start in the tire business. Originally named Michelin & Co., the company was founded by brothers André and Édouard Michelin in 1889 with the goal of developing a silent brake pad for vehicles. Their devotion to tires didn’t begin until 1891 when a customer came to them for help repairing a … Continue reading

What Tires Have to Do with Alcohol, Powder & Butterflies

Michelin is driving a new tire recycling project called TREC (which stands for tire recycling but makes me think of T-Rex). The project has two parts: TREC Regeneration and TREC Alcohol. TREC Regeneration In collaboration with SDTech (a company that specializes in micronization) and Protéus (a biotechnology firm), Michelin is using creating a micropowder out of used tires that can in turn be used as an ingredient for new high-performance Michelin tires. … Continue reading

Michelin Premier: “Safe When New. Safe When Worn”

Tires manufacturers incorporate all sorts of features into tread patterns, and this tread design is a big part of a tire’s performance capabilities. The problem is that all tires wear down with use, and so some of that performance diminishes. And worn tires that can’t stop well on wet roads are one of the most noticeable examples of this. When the grooves that channel water out from under the tire … Continue reading

A Trip to Detroit for NAIAS 2014

It’s a good thing I put winter tires on my Juke. Every year, my dad and I go to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. So this past weekend I drove back to my hometown just north of Detroit. And as you’ve surely heard by now, the roads are a mess in the Midwest lately. But luckily I made it there and back in one piece, so I get … Continue reading

It’s That Time of Year Again

Winter tire time of course. I promised in last week’s post about winter driving tips to share my own secret tip. And that secret is winter tires. Snowy weather is already messing up the roads here in Cleveland, so it’s time I swapped out my all-season tires for my beloved Michelin X-Ice Xi3 winter tires. Why, you ask, do I need winter tires if I have all-season tires? Why do you … Continue reading

Michelin Creates Fuel-Efficient Tires for Futuristic Car

Nissan’s ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Race Car) will be participating at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, known as the Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency. Cars must be both fast and efficient, so Nissan asked Michelin to create racing tires with both high grip and low rolling resistance. By working on projects with such high technological demands, Michelin can develop new technologies and ultimately incorporate … Continue reading

#WinterTireWeek Sweepstakes

It’s Winter Tire Week at RightTurn! Now’s your chance to win a free set of winter tires plus a free winter driving class! Enter to win at RightTurn’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RightTurnNow. Keep an eye out for our #WinterTireWeek posts on Facebook today through Sunday, October 27. Share a post and LIKE it for a chance to win. That’s all it takes! LIKE as many posts as you want—each one counts … Continue reading

Michelin and Porsche Make a New Tire for the Carrera GT

You know how we’re always saying that the right tires for your vehicle make a big difference in the performance of whatever you drive? Well, here’s some proof. Automakers and tire manufacturers work together to produce tires for specific vehicles to make sure they perform at their peaks. One such team, Porsche and Michelin, recently finished a tire specifically for the Carrera GT sports car. It’s a version of the … Continue reading

Michelin Turns Yellowstone Green

This isn’t your usual “green tires” story. Michelin North America Inc. has just renewed a five-year partnership with Yellowstone National Park to help the park reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and its fleet and road maintenance budget. Michelin originally made the agreement to assist Yellowstone with its tire replacement needs after a 2007 study commissioned by the Yellowstone Park Foundation examined the park’s greenhouse gas levels. Michelin started the partnership … Continue reading