The new Pagani Utopia, which was revealed at the Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum in Milan recently, is fitted exclusively with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres. The tyres have been developed by Pirelli to deliver not only ultimate performance for the new hypercar in all driving conditions, but to also give passengers a comfortable ride, while still giving the driver a unique and exhilarating experience at the wheel.
The P Zero Corsa was chosen to meet these objectives, drawing on all the experience Pirelli has gained from its many years competing in motorsport.
The technology within the compounds and tread pattern means that the tyre can cope with extremely high power and torque outputs in all temperatures and on pretty much every road surface. Using this tyre as a base, Pirelli then developed the P Zero Corsa’s versatility to ensure that comfort was an integral part of the Utopia project. To show how bespoke the tyre is for the Pagani Utopia, Pirelli have even stamped the car’s silhouette onto the sidewall.
The Utopia is fitted with different tyre sizes on the front and rear, which adds to the driving dynamics of the car. The front is fitted with 265/35ZR21 whilst the rear is fitted with larger 325/30ZR22. A tailor-made P Zero Winter tyre is also available for colder winter conditions.
Virtual technology was used in the development of the new tyre, which was pioneered in motorsport and has subsequently been transferred to road car products. What this technique means in practice is that Pirelli is able to create a digital tyre model that can be accurately calibrated and tested before a physical prototype is actually built. This makes the whole process much faster, more sustainable and more efficient than the original more traditional process. It also means that Pirelli can precisely define a tyre according to a manufacturer’s exact specifications and then test it virtually, which saves time and materials, as well as making the process far more cost efficient.
Pirelli has been working with Pagani for over 10 years now and that partnership can best be characterised by a mission to unite state-of-the-art technology with cutting-edge style. To date Pirelli have created bespoke P Zero tyres for the Zonda, the P Zero Trofeo R for the Huayra Roadster BC, and of course now the latest P Zero Corsa for the Utopia.
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Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of Pirelli