Pirelli develops Ferrari 488 Evo tire

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Pirelli has designed a new tire for the Ferrari 488 Evo. The Pirelli P Zero DHA will be fitted to the new 488 Evo from the 2020 season onward for all four Ferrari Challenge championships.

Engineers at the tire company worked in close collaboration with the Italian OEM for around seven months to create its latest tire. Available in 275/675-19 DHA size for the front and 315/705-19 DHA for the back, the new P Zero variant was developed starting from a virtual model.

Its characteristics were then validated through indoor laboratory tests, before real life testing was carried out on seven European circuits including Vallelunga, Mugello, Le Castellet and Silverstone. The tire adopts a new tread compound and is made on the motorsport production line at Pirelli’s factory in Romania, where the tires for Formula 1 are also born.

Mario Isola, Pirelli’s head of F1 and car racing, said: “The Ferrari Challenge represents an important technical collaboration as it allows our engineers to develop solutions in extreme conditions that can then be transferred to our road car tires.”

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