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Pirelli supertyre developed for new supercar

By John SwiftIndustry News23rd August 2019

Pirelli has launched the latest evolution of one of its most famous products with the P Zero Trofeo R, the successor to the earliest P Zero which was then followed by the P Zero Corsa.

The ultra-high performance tyre has been chosen by Lotus for its new electric-powered Evija, a £250,000 hypercar which aims to be the most powerful production car in the world and which has target figures of 0 to 60 in under three seconds, 0 to 186 mph in less than nine and a top speed of more than 200 mph. The four-wheel drive Lotus will ride on 20 inch rims at the front, 21 at the back.

The tyre was made using Formula One technology, with modelling and predictive simulation, a virtual pre-development process whereby a computer accurately replicates the dynamic characteristics of the car without actually making real prototypes.

A spokesman said: “It’s another step forwards for Pirelli’s renowned ‘Perfect Fit’ strategy, thanks to the same simulation techniques used to develop P Zero tyres for Formula 1.”

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