When a new tire is an : Pirelli P Zero updated for its thirtieth birthday

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 7:03 PM

The new tire gets an F1-style racing bead, more endurance and less rolling resistance for better gas mileage. Pirellis are nearly standard fare for many modern sports- and supercars.

When a new tire is an : Pirelli P Zero updated for its thirtieth birthday

Better gas mileage, less noise, more endurance for ultra-high-performance cars

Formula One and street-tire maker Pirelli introduced a new P Zero performance tire latest week; nearly exactly thirty years after the first P Zero appeared in one thousand nine hundred eighty-sixth on a Lancia Delta S4 in the World Rally Championship. The new tire gets an F1-style racing bead, more endurance and less rolling resistance for better gas mileage.

Pirellis are nearly standard fare for many modern sports- and supercars. The telling point is this: when Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren consent on something, it’s tough to argue. And the company’s “Perfect Fit” strategy means each one of its sixty homologations have been customized for a specific car. If the nine hundred eleven Turbo needs more squared shoulders for better cornering, Pirelli will do that. If the following Lamborghini needs additional clearance, it can circular the shoulders. All three hundred five/35R20s aren't created equal.

As for “features,” though we’re not really sure how a tire can have features, the new P Zero has an F1 bead, which uses a super stiff compound for the portion that contacts the rim, which Pirelli says allows a more precise steering response and generally smoothes out lateral grip.

The footprint is presently flatter, which leads to a longer life, says Pirelli, while more tread pattern grooves and wider and deeper channels assistance moist grip. Pirelli also changed the way the transverse grooves line up, meaning less road noise. Rolling resistance was slice as well, through the utilize of new modeling techniques and more silica content in the rubber. That should be excellent for an mpg or two.

The latest tech from Pirelli, though, is its new noise cancelling system. The guts of the tire are filled with a layer of polyurethane sponge that dampens both the noise and vibration transmitted to the cabin. Pirelli says the new P Zeros are 2-3 decibels quieter, which is equivalent to cutting noise in half.

The company also does a run-flat version that can be driven when flat at speeds up to fifty mph, and a “seal interior” version, which comes with a rubber sealant that “forms a protective sheath around the piercing object.”

We certified the new Pirellis in Portugal at the famed Estoril Circuit latest week, swapping between the Audi R8, Mercedes-AMG GTS and Porsche nine hundred eleven huge “T” Turbo. We found them very progressive when slipping -- nearly too drama-free, in fact -- but extremely grabby when tough on the brakes in a straight line. We also did some road driving with the less-aggressive compounds and found them noiseless and compliant during slow-speed cruising.

The company will also start producing classic fitment tires later this year for older nine hundred eleven, Lamborghinis and others. Stay tuned -- we’ll bring you more info on those as they obtain closer to market.

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