Pirelli Introduces Fourth MIRS Line At Georgia
Less than three years ago, the Governor of Georgia and Guy Mannino, President of Pirelli Tire North America (PTNA), pushed the button to start production at Pirelli’s first Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) module in North America, in Rome, Georgia.
In early June Pirelli announced that production had commenced with its fourth module, bringing capacity to over 350,000 tyres per year at its Rome facility. Although flexible enough to produce both passenger car and SUV tyres, the new line will be dedicated principally to Scorpion Zero, a testament to Pirelli’s rapidly growing business in performance SUV tyres both in the US and elsewhere.
In fact, the first production from the new line is the 315/40 R26 Scorpion Zero that was introduced at the 2004 SEMA Show in Las Vegas but previously produced only in Germany.
With a load rating of 120V and Pirelli’s exclusive “Double Z” tread design which provides maximum dry traction along with total wet traction capabilities, this new tyre is the unique answer to performance tuners working specifically with the Hummer H2 who want to make the ultimate wheel and tyre conversion while retaining the legal integrity of the vehicle.
Pirelli has paid particular attention to the specification of this tyre, as the application of large diameter tyres to extra-large SUVs is a significant challenge, particularly with respect to the load-carrying capacity of the tyre.
Pirelli’s MIRS production system is ideally placed to meet that challenge owing to the unique tyre building process employed, claims Pirelli.