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Pirelli P Zero

Geneva, March 5, 2013 – Pirelli, McLaren's technology partner and sole tyre supplier, has developed a tailor-made version of the PZero Corsa asymmetric tyre especially for the latest supercar from Woking.

The P1, launched at the Geneva Motor Show, will use the PZero Corsa asymmetric tyre in the following sizes: 245/35ZR19 at the front and 315/30ZR20 at the back.

Pirelli's engineers have developed an innovative tyre solution capable of guaranteeing maximum stability and handling on a car that can reach a top speed of 360kph. In order to create tyres that were best suited to the high performance of this 960-horsepower supercar, Pirelli's technicians concentrated on three key areas:
Pirelli PZero Corsa on Mclaren P1

  • The profile of the front tyre, which is asymmetric in order to optimise aerodynamic downforce. The asymmetric design allows the tyre to remain sufficiently rigid even when subjected to different weight transfers. This special asymmetric PZero Corsa ensures superior contact with the ground, even under cornering and braking, working in harmony with one of the most advanced suspension systems in the world.

  • The structure of the rear tyre. In order to withstand high lateral forces of up to 2g under acceleration and through corners, Pirelli's engineers created a bead design on the rear tyres that is also asymmetric. The new P1 can accelerate from 0 to 100kph in just three seconds, requiring capable of transmitting all the torque from the engine cleanly. Pirelli achieved this objective by designing two different structures for the front and rear tyres.

  • The work carried out on the structures naturally also affected the compounds. These now reach operating temperature even more quickly, guaranteeing high grip levels and underlining the tyre's rapid reaction to direction changes. The asymmetric PZero Corsa tyres for the P1 use innovative compounds, utilising cutting-edge polymers, which – together with ground-breaking mixing processes – improve stability and resistance to stress.
The new Pirelli tyres for the McLaren are produced at the Next Mirs factory in Milan: the most advanced fully robotised tyre production system in the world.

In order to develop tyres that complement the P1's characteristics, Pirelli called upon the experience gained in Formula One and all its other motorsport activities, also making use of computer simulations that replicate all usage conditions and stresses to which the tyres are subjected.

Pirelli PZero Corsa on Mclaren P1