The French rubber company has furnished specially designed tires for the series since its inception. Not only did it shoe the cars in the first season and will have them covered again in the upcoming second season, but will also provide the rubber for seasons 3, 4, and 5 – taking it all the way into 2019. The large, low-profile tires also provide Michelin with a launching pad from which to pursue the contract for Formula One as well, for which the company proposes a similar tire design instead of the small-size, tall-sidewall tires the series currently uses.
In addition to the tire supply contract, the WMSC also approved a number of other regulations for the electric racing series. There'll be a new Super Pole qualifying session to determine the top five spots on the starting grid. The engines will now be allowed to produce 170 kW of power in race trim, and up to 200 kW for qualifying. There'll be a new limit on driver changes, and a new full-course yellow-flag system to alert drivers to danger on the track. Spectators will also be able to vote on their favorite driver for the FanBoost system until the middle of the race.
The council also approved the calendar for this season, which kicks off in Beijing on October 24. It then hits Malaysia before setting sail for Uruguay and Argentina. With the Miami round still up in the air, the March 12 slot remains TBC, ahead of the Long Beach race on April 2. Then it's off to Paris, Berlin, and Moscow, before the season finale in London.