When the new Hypercars will take it to the track in summer 2020, they will all be running on Michelin tires.
ACO has signed a 3-year deal with the French manufacturer, so everybody will run on the same brand in the new category, which slowly will take of the position of LMP1 cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
All current LMP1 cars are running on Michelin anyway, but we don’t have to go further back than 2016 to have Dunlop active in the category.
The reason for ACO to go for a single tire supplier, is to take away one variable from the already complicated Balance of Performance game. There will be a mix of normally aspirated and turbocharged cars, plus hybrid and non-hybrid cars to equalize.
Michelin are already the sole supplier for the LMP3 cars, while Goodyear is active in both LMP2 and GTE in various series under the ACO banner.
Toyota Gazoo Racing and Aston Martin have already committed to the new Hypercar category from 2020/21 with up to 6 cars in total, while others are rumoured for the 2021/22 season, without the final signature – and potentially already for 2020/21, if they have managed to keep their development of the car secret.