The Michelin Pilot Sport EV overcame difficult weather conditions to deliver consistent, competitive performance and grip throughout the day in Putrajaya, Malaysia, despite temperatures in excess of 30 degrees Celsius, a track temperature of almost 50°C and humidity levels of between 60 and 90 percent.
Round 2 of the 2015/2016 Formula E ePrix featured the same format as 2014, with a 12-turn, 2.5-kilometer track and the start brought forward by two hours to 2:04 pm local time in order to minimize the threat of wet weather. Indeed, torrential rain swept over the city an hour after the chequered flag was shown. The hot, damp conditions made the day hard not only for the drivers, but also for the battery of their all-electric single-seater racing cars. However, the teams knew they could count on their Michelin tires that effectively proved a match for the challenge
Excellence and versatility
While all the teams are using the same chassis as least season, the latest technical regulations of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) now allow them to run their own motor, transmission and electronic management system. The rear suspension may also be modified, but the rest of the specification – including the battery – is identical to last season. Meanwhile, the FIA has authorized a power increase from 150 kilowatts to 170 kW for the races, and from 170 kW to 200 kW in qualifying, and that has resulted in an improvement of around two seconds per lap at circuits like Putrajaya.
At the same time, the FIA requested that the technological package of the Michelin Pilot Sport EV be frozen compared with 2015/2016. “Last season, our tire delivered more than the teams had been expecting,” said Serge Grisin, manager of Michelin’s Formula E program. “Keeping the same specification for Season 2 consequently enabled them to focus on the development of their new cars without having to take on-board a new parameter as far as the tire was concerned. That said, we will continue to collect data that we will be able to pass on to Michelin’s Research and Development department. The lessons we learn in motorsport are used to develop upcoming road tires, a recent example being the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 which features similar characteristics to our Formula E tire.
“In Putrajaya, we faced a challenging combination of difficult weather, a dirty track and asphalt which offered little grip in places. Thanks to the information we brought back from Malaysia last year, we knew that the Michelin Pilot Sport EV would be a match for this cocktail. Thanks to its consistency, competitive performance, durability and versatility, tires are one of the factors that pose the fewest questions,” he added.
The 2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship calendar
Like the inaugural season, the 2015/2016 calendar features 11 rounds at 10 venues, with two races to conclude the campaign in London.
The season’s kick-off in China was postponed to October 24, while the action will end on July 3, 2016.
Monaco has been replaced by a race in Paris and a new venue that the organizers have yet to specify will be announced at a later date: December 19, 2015, Punta Del Este (Uruguay); February 6, 2016, Buenos Aires (Argentina); March 12, 2016, TBA; April 2, 2016, Long Beach (USA); April 23, 2016, Paris (France); May 21, 2016, Berlin (Germany); June 4, 2016, Moscow (Russia); and July 2-3, London (United Kingdom).