Michelin’s active wheel at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum on Driving the Nation

Pierre Varenne is the Managing director of innovation for research and development for Michelin in Switzerland. At the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum Varenne is showing off the active wheel, a new wheel for an electric car. The evolution of the electric car can be seen in the design of the wheel. In Michelin's active wheel [...]

Continental tires impacted from the Japanese earthquake on Driving the Nation

I'm in Algarve, Portugal with Continental tires. They have invited a group of International journalists to drive their new tires, the ECOConti 5 and the SportConti5. This morning I talked with Christian Kotz, Senior Vice President of Research and Development for Passenger and Light truck tires. At the Detroit auto show I spoke to Dr. [...]

Tire Review: General Tire’s G-MAX AS-03 on Driving the Nation

Racing the G-MAX Sonoma, CA - Of the thousands of parts that go into a car, the tire is the only one that touches the road. Not only that but depending on which ones you choose, they can significantly affect your drive. I learned this after General Tire recently invited me to test their new [...]

By |2020-01-27T17:19:16-08:00April 14th, 2011|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Driving tips, Tires|0 Comments

Florent Menegau, Michelin, at 2010 Challenge Bibendum

Florent Menegau is President of Michelin's Worldwide Passenger Car and Light Truck Tire Business. We met at the 2010 Challenge Bibendum, sponsored by Michelin, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fifty-five percent of Michelin's product revolves around car and light truck tire business. When I asked Megenau how sales were he said, recovering. The OEMs, he [...]

Dr. Patrick Oliva, Michelin, at the 2010 NAIAS – part two

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI - Dr. Patrick Oliva is the global Vice President of sustainable development for the Michelin Group. I wrote an article in 2006 about the savings from a In a white paper written by the USEPA entitled “Effect of Single Wide Tires and Trailer Aerodynamics on Fuel [...]

Patrick Oliva, Michelin, at the 2010 Detroit auto show

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI - Dr. Patrick Oliva is the global Vice President of sustainable development for the Michelin Group. Dr. Oliva talked to us after he gave a speech at the Detroit auto show. Michelin has a special place in my heart. Edouard Michelin was a wonderful man who [...]

Michelin launches LTX M/S2

Michelin drives it home Just as Hurricane Ida was bearing down on the states we were driving into the storm on the new Michelin LTX M/S2s. Michelin gave us a Ford Expedition with four brand new spanking LTX M/S2s, the type of vehicle made for these tires. We departed the Grand Bohemian, which is on [...]

By |2020-01-24T20:50:39-08:00November 18th, 2009|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Tires|0 Comments

Brian Burke, Brembo brakes, on regenerative braking

Kinetic energy and brakes Brian Burke is the sales manager to the auto manufacturer (OEM). Burke took time out to talk to me about: conventional braking and heat regenerative braking and kinetic energy and FIA, Formula One regenerative braking. Which type of regenerative braking will the race cars use in the F1 series? Does regenerative [...]