McLaren and Pirelli

With over 140 years of experience, and a presence in over 160 countries Pirelli is one of the leading manufacturers of performance tyres, and the perfect partner for McLaren.

The bespoke tyres for the McLaren P1™ and the McLaren Senna are the result of close collaboration between Pirelli’s researchers and McLaren’s engineers at Woking, with the dual objective of harnessing all the power of the car while ensuring total control. At the heart of the project is the complete integration of the tyre design with McLaren’s construction architecture and the sophisticated electronic technology in order to make the P Zero tyres a fundamental component of the car.

The perfect harmony between car and tyre guarantees driving pleasure and precision, an immediate response under a variety of different forces and an instant reaction to changes in aerodynamic loads and set-up, no matter what the conditions of usage.

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A history of performance

McLaren Senna

 

Bespoke tyres built for the track


 

Due to its extreme performance, the McLaren Senna features bespoke tyres developed in conjunction with technical partner Pirelli. The Pirelli P Zero™ Trofeo R tyres (245/35 ZR19 at the front and 315/30 ZR20 at the rear) are designed for dry racetracks, but are approved for road use to enable the McLaren Senna to be driven to the circuit.

 

The asymmetrical tread pattern provides outstanding lateral grip and the special construction maintains cornering stiffness. Specific work has been undertaken on the compound to shorten braking distances, improve longitudinal performance, create a consistent reaction between the front and rear axles, and heighten on-centre steering response.

720S

 

Pirelli P Zero and P Zero Corsa


 

Pirelli P Zero
This is a performance tyre, with focus on road usage, with the best balance of grip, stability and comfort where there is a high probability of mixed dry and wet driving conditions and the temperature is on average above 7 Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit). The P ZERO tyre's ideal operating window is typically where the ambient temperature is on average between 7 and 18 Celsius (45 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit). This tyre is not recommended for track use.

 

P Zero Corsa
Though perfectly suitable for on road usage in a variety of summer driving conditions where the temperature is on average above 7 Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit), this is a super-performance tyre, most suited to ambient temperatures of between 12 and 20 Celsius (54 to 68 Degrees Fahrenheit). It provides the sort of extreme traction and stability at higher temperatures that the discerning track day enthusiast will enjoy.

Sports Series

 

Pirelli P Zero and P Zero Corsa


 

Pirelli P Zero
This is a performance tyre, with focus on road usage, with the best balance of grip, stability and comfort where there is a high probability of mixed dry and wet driving conditions and the temperature is on average above 7 Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit). The P ZERO tyre's ideal operating window is typically where the ambient temperature is on average between 7 and 18 Celsius (45 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit). This tyre is not recommended for track use.

 

P Zero Corsa
Though perfectly suitable for on road usage in a variety of summer driving conditions where the temperature is on average above 7 Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit), this is a super-performance tyre, most suited to ambient temperatures of between 12 and 20 Celsius (54 to 68 Degrees Fahrenheit). It provides the sort of extreme traction and stability at higher temperatures that the discerning track day enthusiast will enjoy.

Thanks to the experience gained by Pirelli in Formula One as well as other high-profile motorsport championships, Pirelli’s engineers developed tyres that are capable of meeting the needs of the high-performance McLaren cars.

The development work with the bespoke tyres concentrated on both the structure and compound. The objective for the tyre structure was to ensure flexibility and grip, while at the same time guaranteeing enough rigidity to cope with high aerodynamic loads. In order to be sure of this versatility, the structure of the front and rear tyres have been developed individually to respond to the different demands placed on them. The work carried out on the construction obviously has an important effect on the compounds, which have been designed to warm-up quickly and complement the whole tyre’s rapid reaction to direction changes, while providing consistently high levels of grip.

The nanotechnology used by Pirelli in the design of these tyres allowed the Italian firm to develop ‘intelligent compounds’, which react instantly to adapt themselves to the varying forces acting on the car at any given time. These compounds make full use of the most advanced Pirelli’s technology during their production, to ensure complete precision in the compound mix.

To learn more about Pirelli tyre technology, visit Pirelli's website.

 

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