The new version of Track Connect is available with free functions for all. The connected tyre solution has evolved since the first generation was launched two years ago. Michelin wanted a product open to all and in line with the needs of amateur and professional drivers. Let’s take a look at the use of this connected tyres technology with its innovations. What are the 3 new application modes? What car has the Track Connect kit?
First launched in March 2018, Michelin Track Connect is a connected tyre solution: a sensor inserted into the tyre is connected to a smartphone application to monitor the condition and pressure of tyres in real time. Originally, this solution was only valid on Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and recently on the new Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect tyres. This technology provides advice and recommendations to drivers on the track.
Until now, Michelin Track Connect was reserved for track day drivers who own a sports car suitable for driving on a track. Now, the French tyre manufacturer has extended its connected tyre solution to a wider public.
Based on feedback from amateur and professional drivers, Michelin has further developed the Track Connect application. The French tyre brand proposes 3 operating modes. Every sports car driver can find the most suitable mode of use, depending on his needs:
Leisure mode: 100% free, it is used on a smartphone with any tyres and is developed for all car enthusiasts. The Track Connect Leisure user will be able to record lap times, speeds, and the evolution of tyre inflation pressures between the start and finish. He will also be able to analyse his laps of the track with the “Replay” function. The application allows users to share their results with other connected enthusiasts and on social networks, compare their performance with other drivers, and invite these drivers to participate in new challenges.
Expert mode: sold with the Track Connect kit when purchasing Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect tyres, sports car owners will have access to Leisure mode functions. But to improve driving pleasure and track performances, Expert mode offers other advantages. Drivers can monitor the pressure and temperature of tyres in real time. They will benefit from recommendations to improve lap times while taking the vehicle, track and weather conditions into account.
Motorsport mode: intended for amateur and professional rally drivers, it is supplied with the purchase of Michelin Connect ready competition tyres. Track Connect is the most advanced mode to search for the optimisation of race performance. The application provides personalised recommendations depending on the car model, its use, the type of tyres fitted and the driving conditions. Information on tyre pressure is provided continuously and adapted based on recorded data. The application also provides a slow puncture warning. This mode has been validated by the FIA (International Automobile Federation) for all national rally championships.
For which car is the Track Connect application available for?
Michelin equips the new Renault Clio Rally with the Track Connect Motorsport as original equipment. The kit includes a connection box already installed in the car and 4 sensors to be inserted into the tyres.
The Michelin Track Connect solution is already available in 26 countries for Leisure mode, and in 18 countries for Expert mode. In parallel, Michelin’s Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect tyre range is available in 47 sizes which are all connect ready and compatible with the application. This already represents 270 cars in Expert mode and more than 6,000 cars in Leisure mode.
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