A new generation of hybrid-powered rally cars that generate more than 500 hp and over 500 newton-metres of torque make their debut when the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship season begins with the Rallye Monte-Carlo, which gets underway on 20 January. This presents a fresh challenge to Pirelli as the Italian company enters its second season as exclusive supplier to the top category and new-look support series. To equip these cars, Pirelli has optimised the entire range of P Zero, Scorpion, and Sottozero tyres to cope with these tech-rich vehicles’ extra weight and additional torque.
Dmack scored its best-ever finish on the season-opening Rallye Monte Carlo, as the Dmack World Rally Team’s Ott Tänak claimed seventh overall, helping his team to fifth in the Manufacturer Championship. The tyre supplier also brought its latest asphalt tyre – the DMT-RC2 – to the event.
The 2015 Rallye Monte-Carlo saw Sébastien Loeb (Citroën DS3 WRC) and defending world champion Sébastien Ogier (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) clash for the first time this World Rally Championship season. Changing conditions meant competitors needed to use tyres strategically, with Michelin, one of four current tyre suppliers, talking about a broad variety of combinations of its asphalt and studded/non-studded winter tyres in use.
The 2015 World Rally Championship begins next week with the traditional season opener Rallye Monte Carlo, and tyre supplier Dmack is anticipating the development of its rally products during the first half of 2015. Dmack’s team won the WRC2 Teams World Championship last year, showcasing the improvement in its products since entering the series, and now the company plans to undertake an asphalt testing programme with a view to introducing a new range of sealed-surface tyres. Dmack aims to boost asphalt performance significantly.