BMW and Pirelli worked on custom P Zero tires for the new M8

BMW M8 | October 14th, 2019 by 5
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The latest addition to the ///M family also comes with some special shoes. The BMW M8 is now fitted with custom-made variations of Pirelli’s ultra-high performance P Zero tire. This individual version of the P Zero was the result of the close cooperation between the development and testing departments of Pirelli and the BMW Group over several years.

The custom P Zero was tailored to the specific driving characteristics of the BMW M8. It is precisely tuned to the chassis and characteristics of the M8 coupe and convertible. The new BMW homologated tires, marked accordingly on the sidewall, have the following dimensions: P Zero 275/35 ZR 20 (front axle) and P Zero 285/35 ZR 20 (rear axle).

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Pirelli says that, compared to the original P Zero, the variant specified for BMW delivers better performance in terms of lap time, dry handling, wet handling, consistency, braking performance, straight hydroplaning, lateral hydroplaning, weight, comfort, noise and mileage. 

In order to adapt the P Zero’s performance characteristics to the driving characteristics of BMW vehicles, Pirelli engineers modified the tread pattern of the tire, among other things, in order to optimize the noise level while rolling. This also results in an even stronger grip and excellent wet performance.

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To achieve the best possible balance between the front and rear axles of the vehicle, the engineers used different layer constructions in the carcasses for the front and rear tires. The front tire has a symmetrical carcass structure, while the rear tires have an asymmetrical structure.

In conclusion, the custom-made variants of the P Zero achieves optimum performance on the BMW M8.

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