In addition to featuring the Elect marking on the sidewall, the P Zero E is the first Pirelli tyre to wear a new logo that identifies it as a product containing at least 50 per cent sustainable materials. This new marking depicts two arrows in a circle and will also be present on future tyre models made from half or more bio-based and/or recycled materials.
Pirelli debuted the P Zero brand in 1986 and since then has given the name to numerous performance tyres, including more than 1,300 original equipment homologations for vehicle manufacturers. A trio of P Zero tyres debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week.
Exclusive tyre partner Pirelli has made the most of its presence at Goodwood Festival of Speed, presenting three additions to the P Zero family. In addition to the recently unveiled P Zero Trofeo RS and the P Zero R, a supercar tyre adapted for everyday use, Pirelli showed the P Zero E, a UHP tyre that launches with an EU label triple A rating in every size.
Pirelli has homologated 10 different tyres to equip the Lotus Eletre, the brand’s first electric hyper-SUV. With different tyre sizes front and rear, this new car benefits from a 22-inch (275/40R22, 315/35R22) and a 23-inch (275/35R23, 315/30R23) P Zero, both available with and without Seal Inside technology, as well as a 22-inch P Zero Corsa (275/40R22, 315/35R22).
The Polestar 4 is out of the bag, and Polestar says its latest model “transforms the aerodynamics of a coupé and the space of an SUV into a new breed of SUV coupé.” The fully electric vehicle will be available from 2024 in both dual- and single-motor versions, delivering in the dual configuration 400 kW (544 hp), 686 Nm and a preliminary range target of up to 560 kilometres (348 miles) WLTP. Wheels range from 20 to 22 inches in size, depending on the version, with tyres supplied by Pirelli and Michelin.
Gute Fahrt’s 2023 summer tyre test brings good news for Continental and Pirelli, for these manufacturers’ products respectively occupy first and second place in this evaluation of size 235/35 R19 tyres. Last-placed contender Falken is likely less thrilled with its wooden spoon, but on balance, it has nothing to be ashamed of.
BMW M has selected Pirelli P Zero Elect tyres for the new BMW i4 M50, the first fully electric car developed by the brand’s high-performance division. Pirelli is supplying this original equipment tyre in the front axle size 255/35R20 97Y XL P-ZERO(*) elt and the rear axle dimension 285/30R20 99Y XL P-ZERO(*) elt.
For the past two years, Pirelli has supplied vehicle manufacturers with original equipment tyres tailored for electric and plug-in hybrid cars. The tyre maker is now offering Pirelli Elect products as replacement fitments and states that these are “now widely available” for aftermarket customers. Pirelli has integrated Elect into all P Zero, Cinturato and Scorpion lines, thereby offering the technology for summer, winter and all-season ranges.
Technology, sustainability and support for young talent – Pirelli states that these are the three cornerstones of its 2022 motorsport campaign. During a live-streamed press conference hosted by Mario Isola, the tyre maker’s head of motorsport, supported by rally activity manager Terenzio Testoni and GT circuit activity manager Matteo Braga, Pirelli set out its plans and priorities for the year.
Pirelli is supplying original equipment tyres for the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition, the fastest and most powerful version of the first all-electric SUV produced by the Blue Oval. A new technical collaboration between Pirelli and Ford has resulted in a tailored version of the P Zero, which the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition will wear in size 245/45R20 103Y XL. The tyre features the ‘Elect’ marking on the sidewall, which denotes Pirelli tyres dedicated to electric and hybrid vehicles.
Pirelli will introduce a new tyre for GT racing next year, the P Zero DHF, and for the first time the one tyre will equip all the main classes in this competition. The DHF will take over from the DHE that debuted in GT3 at the start of last year as well as the DHB used in GT4 and will additionally be used for the GT2 class.
Pirelli has tailored two of its tyres for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It reports that comfort-oriented drivers may wish to opt for the Cinturato P7, while sportier models can be equipped with the P Zero in size 225/40 R19 at the front and 255/35 R19 on the rear axle.
With an output of 592bhp, the Type S is the most powerful NSX to date. It’s also the final version of the second-generation car, and Honda is producing just 350 specimens. Customers in the USA, where the car is known as the Acura NSX Type S, will receive 300 of these, with the remainder going to buyers in Japan and Central America. Pirelli is supplying tyres for the 2022 Acura NSX Type S.
Pirelli has developed a version of its P Zero tyre specifically for the recently-launched Hyundai Kona N, the first SUV produced by Hyundai’s sporting N division. The Kona N will wear Pirelli P Zero tyres in size 235/40R19 96 Y.
When Lucid Motors brings the Air to market in the second half of 2021, this inaugural model from the EV start-up will wear Pirelli’s very first high load index tyre – a new type of tyre dedicated primarily to electric or hybrid cars and SUVs. This original equipment arrangement initially pertains to Lucid Air models sold in the USA and sees Pirelli supply its P Zero to Lucid in size HL 245/35R21 99 Y XL for the front axle and HL 265/ 35R21 103 Y XL for the rear.