Michel Vaillant, the hero created by Jean Graton makes a long-awaited comeback to celebrate his 60th birthday.
During the ACO press conference, which took place on 2nd February 2017 in Le Mans, Frédéric Lénart, managing director of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest revealed the cover of the 76th album in the Michel Vaillant series created in partnership with the international specialist manufacturer of high performance lubricants: Motul. Entitled Rébellion, its release is set for 2nd June 2017.
An exceptional character and an exceptional concept! This year for the Le Mans 24 Hours, Michel Vaillant will step out of the pages of fiction into the real world thanks to Motul and REBELLION Racing, the Swiss stable.
The Vaillante Rebellion team will be on the starting line of Le Mans in two exclusive “Vaillante”, an Oreca 07 Gibson LMP2 powered by a Gibson V8 engine lubricated with Motul 300V 5W30 Power Racing, and decked out in the colours of Vaillant for the occasion. Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson and Nelson Piquet Jr. will wear the number 13 while Julien Canal, Nicolas Prost and Bruno Senna will wear the number 31.
These talented racing drivers will have the honour of racing in the name of Michel Vaillant - an iconic fictional character with a big heart.
“I’m happy and proud of being the pilot of a « Vaillante » at Le Mans 24 Hours and during the FIA WEC World Endurance Championship. It means a lot to me, Michel Vaillant is a legend in motor sports for French-speaking countries. We will do our best to defend Vaillante colours”, says Nicolas Prost.