Pirelli celebrates 2000 homologations at IAA
Pirelli is celebrating 2000 homologations of its premium products. In the first half of 2015 alone, the Italian firm added 200 new homologations to its line-up, including those some of the most high profile vehicles at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. These include the new Bentley Bentayga; the Mercedes GLC, BMW X1, BMW 7 Series and Jaguar F-Pace.
Pirelli particularly highlighted the homologation for the new Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde. Pirelli explains that it was a key development partner for Alfa Romeo’s new flagship, making its debut at a motor show in Frankfurt. In total, there were 10 months of development at Pirelli’s Vizzola proving ground and the test track at Balocco owned by the Fiat Group, with the aim of making tyres specifically suited to the Quadrifoglio Verde. These tyres can be distinguished by an ‘AR’ marking on the shoulder. The tyres created by Pirelli’s engineers for Alfa Romeo’s latest model will be available in 245/35 ZR19 and 285/30 ZR19 sizes, enhancing the new car’s sporting credentials.
There are bespoke tyres for the two new Audis presented in Frankfurt as well: the A4 and A4 Avant. These latest generation saloon and estate cars from the German manufacturer will also wear Pirelli tyres, differentiated according to the season. For summer, the cars will be equipped with the Cinturato P7, or the Cinturato P7 All Season; for winter there is the Sottozero Serie III. Once again, these tyres have been especially created for the new car, distinguished by an ‘AO’ marking on the sidewall – which stands for ‘Audi Original’. cja