There’s a new product on the market, Michelin Track Connect, that could help motorsports enthusiasts up their game on lap days. Newly available in North America, Michelin Track Connect makes it possible for drivers to benefit from the company’s technology innovation to improve their own track performance.
At a dealer event in Mirabel, Quebec, Raymond Cotton, Innovation Leader for Michelin North America Inc., presented the product and its value, while also taking questions from participants. He explained that International Motorsports Association [IMSA] teams have a Tire Engineer dedicated to the team at every race. This engineer ensures the tires are properly set for each driver, race car and the track they are competing on. “The idea with Michelin Track Connect is to put an engineer in the right seat with you, the track driver, providing recommendations of what you need to do to optimize your lap times and tire performance.”
Track Connect is designed to work with special Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, long recognized in the industry as the best street legal race tire. The special Cup 2 tires have a pocket in them to accommodate a sensor.
Dealers were intrigued and sought a greater understanding of the product and how it worked.
Mr. Raymond listed the Michelin Track Connect kit components: four sensors, one for each of the tires, a phone holder, plus the receiver and a case. The
receiver sits in the center console of the track vehicle, communicating with the sensors placed in each tire. The sensors are linked to the application that can be downloaded on a driver’s phone.
Mr. Cotton went on to detail how it all comes together. “The application tells you temperature and pressure, but it does much more than that. Based on the vehicle, the track you’re on and the weather conditions, it takes that pressure and temperature information plus Michelin’s tire knowledge and vehicle knowledge, to give you the exact pressure you need to be running on your track days. It gives you an initial setting based on the track and the vehicle and then, after you drive your first session, it will tell you exactly per wheel position what pressure to set the vehicle tire to. In addition, it allows you to use your phone as the tire pressure gauge and through your phone, through the app, adjust the pressure to each wheel position. And as the temperature, conditions or your driving changes, the recommendations continue to change to dial in the tire recommendations for the user. For instance, a driver will receive a different recommendation on a wet day than if the track is dry.”
“I can see myself using it,” said one participant, who admitted to being very curious about how it could improve his own track performance.
For more details on the product and how to access it in Canada, visit https://www.michelin.ca/en/trackconnect.html