Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli has announced that it will exclusively equip the new McLaren 765LT with their new P Zero Trofeo R tyre, which gives ultimate performance on track combined with perfect safety on the road.
Pirelli set themselves the goal of producing a new tyre that could deliver as much performance as possible in dry-weather for McLaren’s fastest-ever Super Series car to lap a race circuit. As a result, the P Zero Trofeo R tyre was chosen as the best starting point for this new collaboration with the British supercar manufacturer, as it is Pirelli’s best-performing track day tyre that’s also entirely road legal.
The Trofeo R has been further refined following in depth work from Pirelli’s established research and development division and in a joint effort from Pirelli and McLaren to meet the high-performance requirements of this powerful new car. Pirelli has also made their P Zero tyres available for drivers who are less inclined to use their cars on track and just want to be able to enjoy them on the open road.
The new P Zero Trofeo R, designed and created for the McLaren 765LT, is the latest tyre created out of what has been a long collaboration between Pirelli and McLaren, and draws on the extensive lessons learnt from motorsport by both companies. Every vehicle leaves the McLaren Production Centre with its own specific Pirelli tyre, tailor-made for that particular car and distinguished by a distinctive ‘MC’ marking on the tyre’s sidewall. Some of the tyres are also equipped with other Pirelli technologies such as PNCS (Pirelli Noise Cancelling System) which guarantees maximum acoustic comfort inside the car’s cabin.
The new McLaren 765LT is fitted with a 765-horsepower engine that puts out 800 Nm of torque to deliver the ultimate in performance, as well as aerodynamics that place plenty of load through the bespoke P Zero Trofeo R tyres. In order to meet McLaren’s brief for a tyre that is completely bespoke to the 765LT, Pirelli’s engineers had to work on both the structure and profile of the tyres, increasing the contact patch to generate more mechanical grip and improve traction, particularly in dry weather conditions.
The tread pattern compound was another fundamental element, with the design guaranteed to give the best possible roadholding both in a straight line and through corners, as well as reducing braking distances and maximising lateral grip. This extra performance from the tyres together with the innovative capabilities of the new 765LT, has allowed the McLaren to go faster round a circuit than any other car the company has ever produced.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers, professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of Pirelli