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Cinturato CA67 Tire

PIRELLI EQUIPS THE ‘GULLWING’ MERCEDES WITH THE CINTURATO CA67, THE VERY FIRST MODERN SPORTING TIRE, AT THE HISTORIC MILAN-SANREMO RACE

The Cinturato CA67, now part of the Collezione range for classic cars, pioneered Pirelli’s Perfect Fit strategy by creating a bespoke tire for every car: the hallmark of the current P Zero family

The Pirelli Cinturato CA67 will equip the ‘gullwing’ Mercedes 300 SL; an emblematic car at the 2019 tribute to the historic Milan to Sanremo race. The Cinturato is the first sporting tire in modern history as well as Pirelli’s longest-standing brand, which represented the company on posters and in adverts for decades. Pirelli’s Cinturato was born as “tread pattern 367” and then sold by the Italian firm under the CA67 name from the early 1950s. Now this tire is back at the latest tribute to the famous Milan to Sanremo road race: one of the oldest motorsport competitions in Italy, where Pirelli is a sponsor. In this 11th running of the event, which gets underway from the Monza circuit near Milan on March 28, Pirelli returns one of most potent symbols of mass motoring to the road: a result of the economic boom of the 1960s.

AN ITALIAN STORY: EMANUELI, THE TIRE WIZARD

The Cinturato was the first radial tire made by Pirelli and also the first to have an overtly sporting character, having been initially designed to equip the Alfa Romeo range. The tread compound was extremely resistant to high temperatures and cuts, while the radial canvas structure with crossed belts ensured extra rigidity. This in turn made the tire feel more precise and well-suited to the first sports cars of the modern age. The father of this patented product was Luigi Emanueli from Milan: a master of technology and a renowned tire wizard; to the point where he is now remembered as the creator of the Cinturato. But before becoming the most long-standing brand in Pirelli’s range, the Cinturato had to earn its fame in an age (the 1950s and 1960s) when comfort was prioritized over performance. It was the start of the era of specialization that we know today, and manufacturers were beginning to produce the first true sports cars. However, for a ground- breaking tire like the Cinturato CA67, it wasn’t always easy to shake off the dominance of established tires with more conventional structures, such as the Stelvio and Sempione. It didn’t take long for the change to come. Already by 1954, the CA67 had become the public face of Pirelli, with its distinctive silhouette and tread pattern representing the company at trade shows and in adverts. The CA67 remained part of the range until 1980, and today it is available as part of the Pirelli Collezione family. This is where enthusiasts can find tires that combine classic looks with modern technology and materials, helping to retain each classic car’s all-important originality. The Cinturato brand, of course, never went out of production. Today, it’s still available with the P7: one of Pirelli’s tires with the greatest number of homologations.

THE FIRST MADE TO MEASURE TIRE

Sporting performance and customization remain key hallmarks of Pirelli’s DNA today, and this became well-known thanks to the Cinturato. “Tread pattern 367” heralded the start of Pirelli’s Perfect Fit strategy, which represents the focus of the Milanese company and helps it stand out from competitors, especially with the P Zero range. As a result, makers of premium and prestige cars can rely on tires that are precisely tailored to every individual model. The Cinturato CA67 was the forerunner of a family of tires with specific applications, modified to perfectly suit the vehicles they are fitted to. As the name suggests, a Perfect Fit that inaugurated the unique made-to- measure approach that still characterizes Pirelli tires today.

 

Pirelli Showcases The Evolution Of Ferrari GT Tires

Six era-defining sports cars, six of their racing variants, and six competition tires that were built especially for them: the story of the Ferrari Challenge covers 26 years and some of the most important models ever to come from Maranello, whose competition variants have made up Ferrari’s celebrated one-make series. This is territory that Pirelli knows well, having been the exclusive tire supplier to the Ferrari Challenge ever since the championship made its debut. This presented an important opportunity for Pirelli to study new concepts in extreme conditions – as is always the case in motorsport, among eager gentlemen drivers – but based on road-going cars, with the same characteristics and dynamics. The Ferrari Challenge was born in 1993 and since then more than 1000 drivers have taken part. The number of tires used has been simply incalculable. This is also because the Ferrari Challenge has expanded from the European series to Asia and the United States: a whole world of gentlemen drivers, each at the wheel of a Ferrari equipped with Pirelli tires.

CARS AND TIRES: THE HISTORY OF THE FERRARI CHALLENGE

The very first car that got the one-make series underway was the Ferrari 348 Challenge. It was derived from the 1989 348 TB and TS, carrying over the road car’s 3.5-liter V8 engine that put out 320 horsepower. Compared to the road-going version, the 348 Challenge car wasn’t extensively modified, but it did wear slick tires that were especially developed by Pirelli. The very first Ferrari Challenge tire was a 17-inch slick with different sizes at front and rear (245/620-17 and 265/640-17 respectively). Just like the car, the tires also had a strong link with their road-going equivalents: to make them, Pirelli used the normal P Zero moulds, but with a specific construction and compounds.

The 348 drove its last races in 1996, alongside the new 355 Challenge car. This was also a direct descendant of its road-going equivalent, including the 380-horsepower engine that was identical to the road car. The safety devices needed for competition and bespoke Pirelli tires made it different though. The Italian firm made its first 18-inch tires for Ferrari’s one-make series: a size that would remain for more than 10 years.

In 2000, the third car to be used on the Ferrari Challenge made its debut: the 360 Challenge, which was based on the 360 Modena. It had the same power as the road car (400 horsepower) but less weight.  The 360 Challenge car underwent some important modifications the following year, with increased 415 horsepower. The tires were required to perform better as well, but the generation of Pirelli tires that was born with the 355 was still more than capable of responding to the demands of cars and drivers, which meant that only new tire sizes and compounds were introduced.

The 430 Challenge marked an important new step for the one-make series: while it put out the same 490 horsepower of the road car, it was adapted thanks also to the lessons that Ferrari had learned in Formula 1. For example, it boasted the first carbon ceramic braking system of any Ferrari competition car, so the tires also needed some important modifications. The first 19-inch tires were made, both as slicks and wets, but these became ‘full wet’ tires for the first time, with a specific full wet tread pattern.

In 2010, the acclaimed Ferrari 458 Italia formed the base of the latest Challenge car, taking to the track with the same 570 horsepower as the road car but weighing 100 kilograms lighter and with specific engine mapping and a competition exhaust. There was also an electronic rear differential that required the tires to work in parallel with it.  Pirelli adapted the tire dimensions and compound, while maintaining the same wheel size.

Turbocharging came to the Ferrari Challenge in 2016 with the arrival of the 488 Challenge: the first time that a turbo engine had ever been seen on the championship in 25 years. There was a 100-horsepower increase compared to the 458, while the lap time round Fiorano was improved by a second. Pirelli developed new tire sizes for the 488 Challenge to cope with the car’s extra performance.

Theo Mayer, who manages Pirelli’s Ferrari Challenge program, said: “It’s an excellent opportunity for Pirelli to work alongside Ferrari on the Challenge. Alongside the professional drivers there are also gentlemen drivers: amateurs who have other real world commitments on top of racing. The tires are always developed in parallel with the car, one year before the Challenge is officially launched, enhancing drivability and performance for drivers at every level. The objective of these developments has been to maximize performance, using the latest technical innovations from Pirelli’s renowned motorsport department. This helps to make the tires more driveable in all dry conditions. For rainy conditions, a specific full wet tire has been developed. Now that we are entering the 26th year of our partnership, our next objective will be to celebrate half a century together.”

Aston Martin × Pirelli

Pirelli is the official technical partner for the new Aston Martin all-electric Rapide E, helping to deliver Aston Martin’s distinct performance.

Like so many Aston Martins before, this All-Electric model will be equipped with Pirelli P ZERO™ tires. But there’s no such thing as a generic P ZERO™ anymore: instead, each P ZERO™ tire is created specifically for the model it is fitted to. This new Aston Martin will require different fitments for the two axels: 245/35ZR21 (96Y) XL P ZERO ncs on the front and 295/30ZR21 (102Y) XL P ZERO ncs at the rear.

Pirelli’s engineers are working alongside their counterparts from Aston Martin to continually fine-tune the tire specifications. This will perfectly complement the style and supreme performance alongside the car’s new zero-emission powertrain characteristics.

The Pirelli P ZERO™ tires fitted to the new Rapide E will carry a big responsibility. The tire technology will ensure low rolling resistance to help support the vehicle’s longevity on one battery charge. There is a balancing act, as the tires also have to faithfully bear every nuance of the car’s characteristics, making the need for performance and responsive handling a key factor as well. These characteristics are finely balanced through individually optimized tread patterns to ensure high performance from the rear axel to manage the torque levels of the electric motors, whilst on the front axel, maintain low rolling resistance and precision wet weather performance.

The Rapide E tires will also feature the Pirelli Noise Cancelling System to help reduce cavity noise. Here sound absorbing technology reduces the frequency filtering through the car, providing superior comfort compared to traditional tires.

Every Aston Martin has a distinctive personality. Accordingly, the tire that is made for every model is unique. To symbolize this, the Pirelli tires for this unique Aston Martin will carry the A4E marking on the sidewalls of the two different sized tires.

PIRELLI CYBER CAR

PIRELLI PRESENTS CYBER CAR IN GENEVA

New Original Equipment Sensor System Enabling Interaction Between Tire & Car

New Technology Currently In Testing On Major Electric and Traditional Car Platforms

Cyber Car Enables a Safer Drive and Improved Performance Via Transmitting Tire Functionality to On-Board Intelligence to Adapt ABS and Stability Control Systems

PIRELLI EQUIPS NEW KEY PRESTIGE AND PREMIUM MODELS AT GENEVA

Pirelli’s digital revolution has taken a new step forward in enabling a tire to gather and transmit data. At the 88th Geneva International Motor Show, Pirelli presents its Cyber Car technology for Original Equipment in cooperation with major car makers. Cyber Car enables the tire to directly interact with the car’s on-board electronics system, and in particular the driver assistance systems, delivering important information about the car’s operation to ensure a safer drive with enhanced performance. The new Pirelli system will be in market by year end on the most innovative electric and traditional cars.

Placing sensors in the tires is an integral part of Pirelli’s Perfect fit strategy, which focuses on developing made to measure products and services that meet both driver needs and car manufacturer specializations.

CYBER CAR: WHEN TIRES AND CARS TALK TO EACH OTHER. Pirelli’s big news for the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Cyber Car is the new smart tire system for the Original Equipment market, designed in close collaboration with car manufacturers. Cyber Car supplies important data that improves safety and performance. With the exception of tire pressures monitored by TPMS systems, up until now there has been no information collected individually by tires that is transmitted to the car. Therefore Cyber Car takes car digitalization into a new era. The tire embedded sensor is an innovative form of automotive intelligence integrated into existing driver aids that improves performance, efficiency and environmental impact through capturing and transmitting key tire data to the vehicle, such as pressure, internal temperature and tread depth. It can activate systems such as ABS and stability control. For example, by reading a tire’s ID, the vehicle can alter its set-up for a safer, more comfortable drive. By knowing the car’s accurate weight, the vehicle’s central control unit can calculate precisely how many miles can be driven before recharging.

Cyber Car informs the driver about the tire’s vertical load (vital information for electric cars), temperature and pressure through the carmaker’s interface, allowing timely intervention if the pressures are wrong. Tire maintenance becomes easier, thanks to specific feedback on tread wear and how tires should be seasonally rotated. The Cyber Car also offers bespoke services, such as servicing, car valet and roadside assistance.

The first Cyber Car fitted models will arrive this year, with several manufacturers already at an advanced stage of integrating Pirelli’s technology into their own systems. The next evolution will be the Cyber Tire system: the tire of the future, based on a technical platform capable of collecting even more data, transmitting information to the car’s on-board systems with every wheel rotation. While this technology isn’t on sale yet, it is already in action on the Ferrari FXXK: the 1000-horsepower development hypercar for track use only.

THE EVOLUTION OF PIRELLI CYBER TECHNOLOGIES. Cyber Car is the latest application from Pirelli’s Cyber Technologies platform launched in 2002, with the aim of providing maximum integration between tires, cars and drivers. Cyber Car follows the Cyber Fleet system designed for fleets and Pirelli Connesso system for everyday drivers.

The tire is the sole point of contact for the car with the road surface, therefore it can collect extensive information that’s crucial to a safer, more efficient drive; both in terms of environmental sustainability and cost savings for the driver. Pirelli’s Cyber systems are all based on a sensor placed inside the tire, which is then connected to the Pirelli Cloud. This sensor, weighing just a few grams, monitors the operating status of every tire and transmits the data to an electronic control unit. The information collected is delivered to the Pirelli Connesso app, or in the case of Cyber Car, to the car’s on-board systems and an app. Pirelli Cyber Technologies use specific systems to talk directly to the driver (Pirelli Connesso), to fleet managers (Cyber Fleet), or to car manufacturers and drivers simultaneously (Cyber Car). These systems function equally for both electric and traditional cars.

PIRELLI HOMOLOGATIONS ON SHOW. Many new stars at the Geneva Motor Show will be fitted with Pirelli tires, such as the Ferrari 488 Pista and Lamborghini Urus, as well as Italdesign’s second creation: the exclusive Zerouno Roadster. Latest-generation models such as the Audi A6 and Audi A7 Sportback, the new Bentley Bentayga V8 and hybrid, BMW X4, electric Jaguar I-Pace and McLaren Senna will also showcase Pirelli tires in Geneva. Pirelli tires also feature in the Aston Martin, Porsche and Mercedes stands.

PIRELLI CONNESSO. Pirelli presented the Pirelli Connesso system in Geneva a year ago. This technology can send information to the driver about the tire’s performance via an app. While Cyber Car is intended as original equipment, designed to work with integrated on-board systems, Pirelli Connesso is aimed at the aftermarket. The Connesso app provides services such as contacting the nearest authorized Pirelli dealer and booking a tire change.

COLOR EDITION. Pirelli’s colored P Zero tires will star in Geneva once more, having already been launched on the market in sizes of 19 inches and higher. These allow customers to personalize their tires aesthetically. The Color Edition is available in the red, yellow, green, blue, orange, silver and white base colors; plus other personalized color options. Pirelli’s exclusive technology and materials allows this, creating a protective barrier to keep colors bright and pristine throughout the tire’s life, without affecting performance.

PZERO WORLD AT GENEVA. The Pirelli area at the Geneva motor show has been designed to recreate the atmosphere of PZero World, which is Pirelli’s flagship store concept currently operating in Los Angeles and Monaco. The PZero World stores combines a refined atmosphere, cutting edge services, Pirelli Design fashion accessories, Pirelli calendar images, Pirelli Moto products and PZero Velo, Pirelli’s new line dedicated to sporting bicycles. PZero Velo also includes a Color Edition tire being launched at the Geneva show.