Pirelli P Zero R, P Zero Trofeo RS picked for Porsche Taycan restyling

Pirelli P Zero R, P Zero Trofeo RS picked for Porsche Taycan restyling

Both tires feature the Elect marking on the sidewall, indicating a tire that suits the characteristics of EVs.

Pirelli P Zero R and P Zero Trofeo RS have been chosen by Porsche for the restyling of the Taycan and will be the only tires available on the Taycan Turbo GT, the sportiest variant of the range. The first is designed for supercars’ everyday driving, while the second is a street-legal semi-slick tire, Pirelli said. Both tires launched earlier this year and feature the Elect marking on the sidewall, indicating a tire that suits the characteristics of EVs and made its debut in 2019 on the first generation of the Porsche Taycan. Pirelli said Porsche’s range includes over 30 of its tires with Elect technology designed to accompany Porsche’s electric transition on different models, such as the Macan.

According to Pirelli, the P Zero R tires approved for this model are dedicated to daily driving while also being suitable for sportier outings. Pirelli tells us this was achieved thanks to its Elect technology package, which helps highlight the improved aspects of the car compared to the previous model, such as comfort and battery range, the company said. The double-ply carcass makes the tire structure support the weight by the aerodynamic load and the presence of the batteries, which Pirelli says keeps the car is stable even at high speeds. Pirelli developed Resin Blend technology to manage the sudden accelerations typical of electric motors, which helps the compounds achieve synergy to offer grip in a wide range of temperatures and road surfaces. The tread pattern is designed to minimize noise, while the efficiency required by Porsche is achieved through the combination of compounds and tread pattern, which reduces rolling resistance, Pirelli explained.

Safe for road driving but track-oriented, the P Zero Trofeo RS is the sportiest variant supplied by Pirelli for the new Taycan, the manufacturer said. The specific development of the P Zero Trofeo RS for the new Porsche Taycan allows the car to perform on dry surfaces, with cornering grip and consistency that allows for repeatable results over time. Pirelli and Porsche tested these tires together with the driving dynamic engineers from Porsche and the development driver Lars Kern.

Pirelli said a series of construction solutions were adopted to optimize the tire’s contact patch even at high speeds: the compound provides grip and stability, the outer shoulder of the tread has a low number of grooves to provide support in conditions of strong lateral acceleration, and the pattern is designed to ensure quick and uniform heating along the entire contact patch. Pirelli said that its Virtual Geometry Development system compares a high number of possible profiles and tread models in a digital environment to define in detail the characteristics and behavior of the tire.

Both the P Zero R and the P Zero Trofeo RS developed for this model are available in sizes 265/35ZR21 and 305/30ZR21. Over the years the company has developed the P Zero, P7 All Season, P7 Blue, and P Zero Winter, with sizes ranging from 19-21 in.

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