Specially developed Pirelli P Zero tyres are fitted on the new Alfa Romeo Tonale, the Italian brand’s first mass production electric vehicle. In size 235/40R20 96V XL, the P Zero has been chosen as original equipment for the various versions of the Tonale: Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid Q4 and diesel.
P ZERO AND TONALE, SPORTY DNA
The P Zeros for the new Alfa Romeo Tonale were developed to emphasise the car’s sporty traits and safe performance on both dry and wet asphalt. The synergy between the tyres and vehicle is the focus of Pirelli’s Perfect Fit strategy and the AR marking on the side of the P Zero indicates that the tyres have been developed specially for the Tonale.
FROM CONCEPT TO PRODUCTION
The creation of the Pirelli P Zero for the Alfa Romeo Tonale entailed cooperation between the teams of the two Milanese brands, beginning with the concept for the first Tonale shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019. The course of the production tyre’s design required processes of analysis and design, including virtual analysis and development – the heart of Pirelli’s development strategy – and concluded with validation of performance through tests carried out on Stellantis’ Balocco track and Pirelli’s track at Vizzola Ticino. Loyal to its Italian DNA, the new tyre was designed in the R&D centre in Milan and produced at the Settimo Torinese plant, one of the group’s most advanced production facilities.
A CENTURY LONG BOND
This latest collaboration between Pirelli and Alfa Romeo represents a new chapter in a longstanding bond between the two companies, a bond that began roughly one century ago with the advent of the car and the first racing competitions. In fact, the Pirelli Superflex Cord was the tyre fitted on the Alfa Romeo GT Tipo P2 that won the first Car World Championship in 1925, with such drivers as Antonio Ascari, Giuseppe Campari and Gastone Brilli Peri, who won the decisive race on the Monza circuit. Performance and sportiness have always united Pirelli and Alfa Romeo, both on track and road.