By Denna Bowman
Pirelli is launching the first road car tyre derived directly from its experience providing tyres for Formula One.
The Italian tyres manufacturer introduced the P Zero Silver, which has been developed for sports cars and sporting saloons, at Jerez in Spain last week, at the same time as the first F1 tests that mark the launch of the 2012 season took place.
The new tyre expands the P Zero range, and marks the first in a series of highly specialised Pirelli road car tyres, ensuring the maximum level of performance even after long distances.
According to Pirelli: “Thanks to the same processes that are used in Formula One, Pirelli underlines some of the key characteristics of the entire P Zero range through the new Silver – with the emphasis on durability.
“The structure, compound and tread pattern design of the Silver have been developed to resist any deformation in the tyre’s profile, lengthening the tyre’s life and extending the consistency of its performance.
“The Silver has been conceived for drivers who enjoy performance and use their cars frequently. The P Zero Silver is particularly designed for people who drive their cars every day and
cover more than 20,000 kilometres per year, mostly on motorways.”
It allows everyday motorists to benefit from the main innovations and production processes introduced for F1 and supplied to all the grand prix teams last year.
This latest road tyre from the famous P Zero range shares the same mathematical modeling process with its Formula One equivalent. In particular, the design and development took place using the same state of the art computer simulation, which allows the tyre’s performance and behavior to be assessed under an extremely wide range of conditions.
The new tyre will be produced in eight sizes, for 19 to 20 inch wheels, and will be available as a limited edition in European markets from April 2012.
With the Silver, Pirelli is particularly concentrating on W, Y and Z speed ratings (i.e. for speeds greater than or equal to 270km / h) with 19-inch wheels.