Michelin Accelerates Racing Performance and Mobility with Canopy Simulation Acquisition

Michelin, recently acquired Canopy Simulation, the global lap-time simulation leader. This strategic acquisition empowers Michelin with advanced simulation technology, paving the way for groundbreaking developments in racing performance and mobility.

By combining mathematical expertise, data-driven innovation, and state-of-the-art simulation software, Michelin aims to optimise collaborations with automotive industry partners.

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Published on
May 23, 2023

Driving Progress through Simulation:

Simulation technology has become a vital tool in the development of racing and production sports car tires. At prestigious events like the 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours, all the prototypes in the Hypercar class will feature tires developed entirely using simulation software. Michelin recognises the indispensability of simulators in creating original-equipment, high-performance tires and establishing strong partnerships with automotive manufacturers.

Simulation technology, based on data-processing capabilities and advanced mathematical algorithms, enables Michelin to determine the most suitable tire sizes and technologies for new car models based on their technical specifications and weight distribution. As a data-driven company, Michelin leverages simulations to accelerate innovation, enhance racing efficiency, and drive advancements in mobility. Furthermore, simulations reduce the environmental footprint of Michelin's Research and Development efforts while offering substantial cost savings compared to traditional development cycles.

The Art of Simulation:

At the heart of this technology lies the replication of dynamic reality through the interaction of three digital models. The first model reproduces circuit characteristics and grip properties, while the second encompasses the vehicle's chassis or even the entire vehicle itself. The third model delves into the intricate details of tire behavior. Behind the wheel of a simulator, drivers can test various tire types across an extensive range of configurations.

To ensure accuracy and comprehensiveness, drivers' subjective impressions and feedback are combined with objective data collected by the simulator. This meticulous process mimics real-world scenarios, ensuring that the final tire specifications align with the expectations of both professional drivers and the end-users.

Canopy Simulation: Leading the Lap-Time Simulation Market:

Against the backdrop of the rapidly evolving digital landscape in motorsports, Michelin's acquisition of Canopy Simulation underscores its commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements. Canopy Simulation, a British company, is recognised as a global leader in lap-time simulation. Their cloud-based system integrates circuit, car, and tire models with an advanced trajectory optimisation function to simulate the input of the perfect 'virtual driver.'

Canopy Simulation's sophisticated software is designed to accommodate increasingly detailed and varied driver models for both racetrack and road development applications. Whether evaluating tire consistency during a simulated four-hour stint at Le Mans or reproducing various driver profiles and car and tire usages for road tires, this cutting-edge software ensures accurate and comprehensive simulations.

Michelin: Pioneering Simulation and Data-Driven Innovation:

Michelin's journey into simulation and data-driven innovation began three decades ago when mathematical software was introduced to handle race data and forecasting in motorsports. Since then, Michelin has continuously pushed the boundaries of tire modeling and simulation. In 2005, during Michelin's involvement in Formula 1, the company revolutionized virtual tire dynamics by breaking down tire construction into independent mathematical models for each component.

The development of Michelin's thermodynamic Tame Tire software further enhanced the realism of simulations. By replicating how different tire elements deform and respond to temperature fluctuations, Michelin's software enables accurate tire modeling and performance analysis. The continuous evolution and improvement of Tame Tire through smart data collected at races have positioned Michelin as a pioneer in mathematical data processing, giving them a competitive edge in tire modeling and simulation.


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