Pirelli has developed two different types of tyre each with safety as the common denominator.
Pirelli’s Cinturato P7 and P Zero Tyres Selected for New Mercedes Benz C-Class
Pirelli’s engineers focussed on safety in the wet when designing the Cinturato P7 as well as short braking distances, a long tyre life, and low noise from the tyres. The P Zero was developed for the models featuring more performance and bigger wheels: tyres that make use of Pirelli’s extensive experience in motorsport and provide a high degree of control in both wet and dry conditions.
The latest Pirelli Cinturato P7 delivers excellent performance in the dry and beats the previous Cinturato P7 in the wet in terms of aquaplaning and especially under braking, where it takes up to four fewer metres to stop from 100kph. The innovations introduced by Pirelli’s engineers also improve acoustic comfort, thanks to less cabin noise, as well ride comfort – with the tyre better able to absorb bumps in the road. Total tyre life goes up by six per cent, meaning that the tyres don’t have to be changed as often. Underlining the efficiency of the new tyre, rolling resistance goes down a class on average (-12%), reducing fuel consumption on the car by four per cent (as measured on the WLTP cycle) as well as carbon emissions. The innovations on the new-generation P7 start off with the tread pattern, benefitting from “mechanical intelligence”, which features silica and specific resins that increase grip as well as special polymers: synthetic elastic materials that are chemically modified to improve their interaction with the actual silica. This new compound, thanks to an improved distribution of the silica particles themselves and better interaction between them, means that the tyre can alter its behaviour depending on driving conditions and temperature, giving the driver a very wide working window of performance.
The P Zero designed for the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class delivers excellent handling in both the dry and the wet, perfect balance, precise response to steering inputs, reduced wet and dry braking distances, and decent protection against aquaplaning. P Zero is synonymous with sporting performance, characterised by advanced technology derived from Pirelli’s long experience in motorsport. The company said, P Zero tyres are selected by more than 50 per cent of the global prestige market.