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Technical Review

20/05/2020
Pirelli Cinturato celebrates its 70th birthday

Pirelli Cinturato turns 70. Created when mass mobility was just taking off, it is now ready to expand the range with the imminent debut of the latest Cinturato P7, an HP summer tire that benefits from seven decades of continuous development. Cinturato is also the most versatile tire in the Pirelli Velo range, as it is set to equip Pirelli’s Cycl-e Around e-bikes, a bike-sharing service conceived to promote sustainable mobility. And that’s not all: development of intelligent tires connected to the 5G network continues apace, with the new Cinturato P7 getting ready for the future of mobility and smart cities. The new generation of Cinturato P7 enhances qualities such as safety and efficiency. Thanks to an intense research and development programme, Pirelli’s engineers have come up with a hi-tech product able to overcome many of the compromises traditionally associated with tires and reconcile seemingly conflicting requirements, such as performance in the wet and low rolling resistance. This new premium tire, besides carrying over the dry-weather performance from its predecessor, improves the whole driving experience when it comes to wet handling and resistance to aquaplaning and wet braking, now needing four metres less to stop from 100kph. The innovations introduced by Pirelli’s engineers also improve acoustic comfort (courtesy of reduced noise levels) and ride comfort, with the new tire now able to better absorb road bumps. Furthermore, improved rolling resistance reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The new P7 can benefit from other Pirelli patented technologies as well, such as Run Flat and Seal Inside, which allow motorists to keep driving even after a puncture. There will also be an Elect version, which identifies Pirelli tires specially made for electric cars or plug-in hybrids. The new Cinturato P7 will additionally be part of Pirelli’s ongoing Cyber research programme, the first to connect a tire to the 5G network.

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