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Pirelli P Zero Trofeo Is Born: The Most Sporting Tire in the Road Car Range Yet

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Pirelli P Zero Trofeo RS. Photo Pirelli

Pirelli presents the P Zero Trofeo RS: the latest version of the semi-slick tire designed for carmakers aiming to highlight the performance of their most sporting models.

Pagani Automobili was the first to request a specific version of the new tire for Utopia: its latest hypercar.

The new tire was born as the technical evolution of the P Zero Trofeo R and distinguishes itself by its position in the marketplace. The P Zero Trofeo R was originally designed as an aftermarket tire to improve on-track performance, while the P Zero Trofeo RS is primarily intended as original equipment, giving manufacturers the chance to supply cars that are already primed for a sports driving experience.

This new generation of semi-slick Pirelli tires offers even more performance in dry conditions, as well as extra consistency. When the tire is being used most intensively, performance is maintained longer to allow for more speed and safety over several different track sessions: a result obtained thanks to Pirelli’s extensive experience in the top categories of motorsport. The materials, especially in the tread pattern compound, make full use of this know-how, adapting it to both road and amateur track use. As this tire is original equipment for hypercars and supercars homologated for the road, Pirelli’s engineers also focused on safety in wet asphalt conditions.

A tire with on-demand technologies

Pirelli’s research and development department applied a series of innovative technologies to the P Zero Trofeo RS, developed thanks also to the company’s engagement in top-level motorsport. These are available from an on-demand portfolio, to reach the targets defined by manufacturers for each specific model. Examples include Multi-compound Tread: a technology that allows tires to be personalized to complement the individual characteristics of each car by matching them to different tread pattern compounds from Pirelli’s Prestige catalogue. For the Pagani Utopia, P Zero Trofeo RS tires are capable of elevating performance in extreme sports driving compared to the P Zero Corsa, without compromising the balance of the car or the feeling experienced by the driver. This mission was accomplished thanks, especially to the selected compounds. For the rear tires in particular, the most performance-focused compounds were chosen to deliver speed and safety on the track as well as ease and predictability on the road.

Another innovation that Pirelli’s engineers had at their disposal was Virtual Geometry Development, which allowed them to assess a huge number of different profiles and footprints through virtual modelling, to define the reaction of the tire to driver inputs with maximum precision. This virtual development process was used extensively for the Pagani Utopia before the first physical prototypes were driven on track. Work was done on the contact patch, in particular, to offer the ultimate grip and control.

The new Pirelli P Zero Trofeo RS is already available for cars using it as original equipment and will be available in the future for a wide range of aftermarket tires. The P Zero Trofeo R will remain available in a specific selection of sizes.