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Race Tires Made of Orange Peels!

2022-11-19

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Author: David Booth - www.driving.ca

MotoE is motorcycling's equivalent to Formula E, all the bikes entered powered by battery. Sustainability with speed is its entire raison d'etre.

Hence why Michelin, the series' sole tire supplier, takes great pains to make everything about the motorcycles doing the racing as "green" as possible. Prior to the 2021 season, the French tire giant announced that 33 per cent of all the front tires used on all the bikes would be made of renewable materials, while the rears would have an even slightly better ratio.

For the 2022 run, that's has moved up to almost 50 per cent of the rear tire. That's mostly the result of using more natural rubber, as well as relying on an ever-increasing amount of recycled carbon black, a key ingredient in all performance rubber, according to Michelin director of technical and scientific communications Cyrille Roget.

But that's not hardly all the sustainable materials incorporated into its latest race rubber. Discarded orange and lemon peels -- actually the oil from the peels, which turns out to be a renewable substitute for the petroleum traditionally used in tire production -- also find their way into MotoE's race rubber, not to mention -- Lord, this is starting to sound like a salad I had to endure to cut weight for my last boxing match -- pine tree resin and sunflower oil. Less edible, but no less sustainable, much of the casings are made with recycled steel.

Now, as good as this all sounds, I suspect more than a few critics will point out that while MotoE is at the top of the heap of electrically-powered motorcycle racing, its bikes are -- and there is no way to say this politely -- slow as $#!t. MotoE bikes regularly laps about two seconds a lap slower than Moto3 bikes -- the two-wheeled equivalent of 1,600-cc Formula Fords -- making them, by far, the slowest bikes on the GP grid. Is that because the recycled tires have no grip, or are the tires being debuted on this series cause the bikes are so damned slow, they can't hurt?

I don't know. But, hopefully, the one good thing may come out of this is that there'll be increased use of recycled and sustainable materials for production tires. Racing, after all, has always been justified because it improves technology.

Read the full article HERE!

Source: https://driving.ca/auto-news/technology-news/michelin-making-motorcycle-race-tires-out-of-orange-peels

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