Michelin tyres are made by one of the largest and most well known tyre manufacturing companies in the world. Known for revolutionary products and its association with some of the most prestigious global motor sports competitions, the Michelin brand is also famous for its Red Guide awards to fine dining restaurants, making the name synonymous with quality and class both on roads and off.
The company, which was formed in 1888 by brothers Édouard and André Michelin, patented their first tyre in 1891, which went on to help a rider win the world’s first long distance cycle race in Paris. These days you’ll find Michelin tyres for sale on almost every continent – and Michelin tyres in South Africa are an immensely popular choice for their safety and handling performance.
Since inception the company has been one of the foremost innovators in the industry. In the 1930’s they introduced a tyre that was able to run on a foam lining if punctured – now known as a run-flat tyre – and one of their most notable tyre inventions is radial tyre technology which is used in many ‘green’ tyres these days to help reduce fuel consumption.
Perhaps even better known than their products, is their mascot the Michelin Man. The iconic brand symbol is instantly recognisable and can be seen around some of the world’s most famous racetracks. Michelin is the official tyre supplier for the Porsche 911 GT3 used in the Porsche Supercup. The company also participated in the MotoGP until 2008, and has featured prominently in Formula One history. Michelin tyres are also used in endurance racing, and in 2009 the company provided tyres to 41 of the 55 cars in Le Mans.
In addition to their product innovations, the range of Michelin products for vehicles in every class is what keeps the company at the forefront of the tyre industry. The brand owns BF Goodrich, Riken and a host of other brands. Michelin tyres have proven their exceptional handling abilities time and again, and are widely known to make travel safer and economical.
Speak to a professional at Thomas Tyres today to discover which set of Michelin tyresare ideally suited to your travel needs and safety.