2021 in review: Pirelli and Lamborghini

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Back in October, TTi explored the relationship between Pirelli and Lamborghini, which goes back decades, and reported on the announcement that the new Countach is the latest vehicle to don the tire maker’s UHP technology

Pirelli will outfit the 2021 Lamborghini Countach with P Zero tires, marking the latest milestone in a 50-year relationship between the Italian tire maker and the iconic supercar. Back in 1971, Pirelli’s most sport-focused tire was the Cinturato CN12, which was fitted to the Lamborghini Miura. The low-profile design was fundamental in the creation of the Pirelli P7 tire, which was chosen as original equipment on Lambo’s new model – the Countach LP 500, which was unveiled at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. Two years later, the production version of the Countach, the LP 400, made way for the LP 400 S, which was equipped with a new version of the P7, fitted to a new magnesium wheel design. The Countach LP 5000 S was produced from 1982 until 1985, and the LP 5000 Quattrovalvole from 1985 to 1988. The Countach 25th anniversary edition in 1988 was the first Lamborghini to use Pirelli’s P Zero tires.

In 2021, Lamborghini unveiled the Countach LPI 800-4, a hybrid electric supercar that’s based on the Sián FKP 37. Pirelli has equipped the new car with P Zero tires in 255/30 R20 size (front) and 355/25 R 21 (rear). For drivers looking for even more performance on a racetrack, P Zero Corsa tires are available as an option. Both the Countach and Pirelli have evolved over the past 50 years, but the relationship between the two remains as strong as ever.

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over 15 years and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ, Wired, Kipp Report and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire, Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and Wheel Technology International. He is also the chairman of the Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation & Excellence

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