Michelin will celebrate the Citroën DS’s 60th anniversary this year alongside an international gathering by enthusiasts.
The two companies have a long-standing relationship dating back to Citroen’s founding in 1919, with Michelin being the majority stakeholder in the French car manufacturer from 1934 to 1974. The DS has always been fitted with Michelin tires, and adopted successive generations of tires, including the X and XAS. The tire maker works with teams to equip all DS models that are sold in Europe.
The first versions of the DS also featured a Michelin wheel with a central fixing point that made it easier to change in the event of a flat tire, and its adjustable suspension system has made it possible to conduct very precise trials, with Michelin transforming many of these systems. This creative spirit is reflected in the Mille Pattes, or Centipede (pictured) which was used to test truck tires at high speeds.
Engineers from the tire manufacturer are working closely with PSA Peugeot Citroën teams to create tires that correspond more closely to auto maker and customer expectations.
May 27, 2015