French tyre manufacturer Michelin has produced a new, sustainable racing tyre, ahead of the MotoE World Cup motorcycle racing series. The new tyre comprises between 33%-40% recovered material produced using Sweden’s Scandinavian Enviro Systems’s recycling technology for end-of-life tyres.
Enviro has developed a process, based on a patented technology, where gas generated in the process is heating the tyres in absence of oxygen. This enables the materials in the tyres to decompose and be recovered instead of incinerated. Thus, a sustainable recovery of the resources Carbon black, Oil, Steel and Gas is obtained.
MotoE is a racing series for electric motorcycles that is being held for the third year. Michelin is the supplier of tyres to the race participants. According to Michelin, tests during the spring showed that the new and more sustainable tyres contribute to shorter lap times, while they also heat up more quickly, with improved grip as a result.
Earlier this year, Michelin presented highly ambitious plans related to sustainability and announced, among other intentions, that all tyres will be manufactured using only sustainable materials by 2050. The target for 2030 is that 40% of all constituent materials will be sustainable.