Pirelli has developed a new tire for the latest Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo for the 2020 season onward, which will be used across all four Ferrari Challenge championships in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and UK. The new Pirelli P Zero DHA, available in size 275/675-19 DHA (at the front) and 315/705-19 DHA (at the rear), is said to enable faster lap times than the predecessor.
“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. The latest evolution of our P Zero tires for the Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo demonstrates once again how Pirelli’s advanced technology combines with the best of the automotive industry in motorsport as well,” said Mario Isola, Pirelli’s head of F1 and racing.
Pursuant to the Italian brand, its engineers worked in collaboration with their counterparts at Ferrari for around seven months to create this new P Zero variant. It was tested first virtually using specially developed models, which can also be applied in a driving simulator.
The new tire was validated in indoor laboratory tests, before being tested on seven European circuits. These sessions helped to assess road holding and integrity in different driving and weather conditions.
The latest P Zero, according to Pirelli, adopts a new tread compound; it is made on the motorsport production line at Pirelli’s factory in Romania, where the tires for Formula 1 are also produced.
Pirelli has been the exclusive supplier to the Ferrari Challenge since the series made its debut in 1993.