By Denna Bowman
Pirelli have launched the latest addition to its range of “Green Performance” tyres high with an eco-friendly tyre for SUVs.
According to the Italian tyres manufacturer the Scorpion Verde tyre “boasts new materials and a new structure guaranteeing steady performance throughout the tyres life, lower noxious emissions, noise reduction, running economy, shorter braking distances, and comfort”.
The tyre is made entirely of aromatic oil-free materials, and lowers fuel consumption up to 3.9% for city driving and of 3.4% for mixed routes (city and motorway driving), according to Pirelli.
It curbs acoustic emissions by one decibel, which is equal to a total reduction of 30% (like removing an entire lane from a three-lane motorway).
In addition, Scorpion Verde was designed to ensure uniform tread wear and increase overall duration.
The ecological features of Pirelli’s new tyre range are guaranteed by a combination of factors: the development of an optimised profile, the use of cutting-edge materials, an optimised design process and reducing energy dissipation.
These features translate into 20% lower rolling resistance. The Scorpion Verde is also lighter and has been designed to use 10% fewer raw materials, decreasing its environmental impact per unit produced by the same amount.
The tyre was also developed to ensure improved safety on wet asphalt thanks to a tread pattern with 4 deep longitudinal grooves for increased water dispersion, innovative compounds designed to achieve greater traction on wet surfaces, and reinforced shoulders to optimise lateral grip on all asphalt conditions.