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Pirelli Scorpion All-terrain Plus Desert Test

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Pirelli Stella Bianca studded tires. Photo Pirelli

Pirelli opens 2024 equipping the extreme adventures of two iconic Porsche, with Scorpion All Terrain Plus tires on the Porsche 911 Dakar through the African desert and Stella Bianca studded tires for the Porsche 550 Spyder on the icy track in Zell Am See.

It is a historic collaboration that links Pirelli to the Stuttgart-based car manufacturer, so much so that the Porsche 911 was the first car to have a marked Pirelli tire in 1982.

Pirelli Scorpion All-terrain Plus, from Bavaria to Dakar

Never a tire change over 7,000 kilometres on asphalt, sand, dirt, and stones: this is the test sustained by a Porsche 911 Dakar equipped with Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus tires homologated for the model. The car, driven by its owner, started from the Porsche Zentrum Inntal in Raubling (Rosenheim), south-east of Munich in Germany, to reach Dakar, the capital of Senegal, following the route of the Africa Eco Race, a rally that in 12 stages connected Nador in Morocco to the Pink Lake of Dakar crossing Mauritania and Senegal. An exceptional result for the Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus tires, which, despite being homologated for street use, faced the course of the rally alongside racing cars, bringing the car safely to the finish line.

An 18-day feat and 7,000 kilometres (more than 4,000 miles) of driving, characterized by very diverse conditions, including about 1,000 kilometres of rocky dirt roads in the desert. The aficionado-owner of his 911 Dakar—an amateur, not a professional driver—drove first on the highways of Europe, then on semi-asphalted roads, dirt, sand and very rough, rocky bottoms, passing from the winter of the Alps to the typical climatic swings of the desert, with variations of up to 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) in 12 hours. “A unique adventure, which would have certainly been very complicated without such valid tires. They always behaved exceptionally even in very different conditions,” said the Porsche Zentrum from where the expedition started.

The Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus was developed as original equipment for the Porsche 911 Dakar precisely to support the high performance typical of a 911 and allow it at the same time to tackle the most difficult off-road conditions. Pirelli combined these characteristics into a single tire thanks to the introduction of a particular family of compounds and a design that optimized the ground contact of the product and strengthened its structure.

 

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