Excel on the track
Take your track skills to a new level. Learn from a diehard driver who's constantly out there mastering the art. But remember, track driving isn't like a spin around the block. It's a serious sport that requires training and experience.
Meet the master
Haslin's days are spent on the track, pushing cars and tires as far as they'll go - all to discover any possible edge to improve tire technology. He's based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, but he's constantly travelling to the best tracks in the world, putting tires to any challenge he can find.
Jerome Haslin, Chief Tire Tester, with MICHELIN since 1992.
Excel on the track
Knowledge is power
Know the circuit. Learn every turn and stretch to unleash the power of your car, for a tighter, more competitive performance.
Respect the limits
Learn the limits of your car's grip on the track. As you advance you'll develop a sixth sense, knowing whether you're over- or under-steering by your body's cues. You'll see it, and feel it in you inner ears and forearms.
Exploit the curves
Turn trajectory is huge. You want to take curves as wide as possible, easing left before right turns to find the sweet spot, or vice versa. The wider you berth, the faster you can blow through the curve.
Steer to the sweet spot
Strike a balance in your turns. Under-steering is when your trajectory is larger than you want, so you can't turn hard enough. Over-steering is cutting it too tight and can cause fishtailing and spinouts. You'll feel it in your seat.
Cool your breaks
Track racing introduces huge amounts of heat in your car's system - especially in the brake pads. Take a lap with minimal braking so the airflow can cool off the iron brake pads.
Get high temperature brake fluid and make sure it's not too old. Track racing is hard on fluids.
Pressure is key
Every tire has an optimal pressure when hot. Be vigilant about tire pressure. When pressure is too high you can over-steer from insufficient contact between the tires and the road. On the track, the optimal levels are different from standard recommendations. Most sport tires shouldn’t surpass 36 PSI when hot. But MICHELIN Sport Cup tires, for instance, should be at 32 PSI. Familiarize yourself with the best pressure for your tires.
Dominate the pavement
with MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport tires
See how we reach excellence
Look into over a century of
innovation in our Motorsports labs
Go behind the scenes
See what goes into a day at work for our Chief Tire Tester,
Jérome Haslin. Be prepared for some serious tire squealing.
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