110 new homologations for Pirelli, including Frankfurt Motor Show UHP stars
Pirelli has recorded what it describes as a record number of homologations in August 2017, with 110. These include the Scorpion Winter and Sottozero for winter conditions; P Zero and its racing counterpart P Zero Corsa for UHP fitments; and the Cinturato family, including the P7 All Season for cars of medium engine capacity.
Many of the new cars launched at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show were among the models that have chosen Pirelli as original equipment: starting with the new Bentley Continental GT, for which Pirelli’s engineers have developed tyres in different sizes for front and rear to guarantee maximum performance for this standard-bearer in the luxury grand touring category. Pirelli will shortly introduce 22-inch tyres for this British icon, alongside the current 20-inch and 21-inch tyres. Also in the grand touring class, the Audi RS5 Coupe has also selected Pirelli as original equipment, along with its RS4 Avant sibling, previewed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Porsche Cayenne will be available on Scorpion Winter tyres in the forthcoming winter season.
Every car made by Lamborghini and McLaren continues to use Pirelli as original equipment, including the new Aventador S Roadster and 570S Spyder that were launched in Frankfurt. Adding to the record of 110 Pirelli homologations in August were also the Audi A8, BMW X3 and BMW 6 Series GT.
Pirelli’s 110 year motorsport heritage informed Jaguar’s choice to equip its new electric racing version of the I-Pace, the Jaguar e-Trophy, along with the road going version.
Obtaining such widespread approvals takes time – at least two or three years, during which Pirelli’s engineers work closely alongside their counterparts from the car manufacturer to develop a specific product ideally suited to one particular model. This is how Pirelli’s marked tyres are born, and what the company has at the heart of its “perfect fit” strategy.