BMW and Pirelli have a history of partnering on bespoke tires. For years the Italian tire maker has worked in everything from unique compounds for MINIs to the highest performance M cars. Today we’re talking about he latter as Pirelli takes the wraps off of a bespoke Pirelli P Zero for the all new BMW M8.
This is a new iteration of the famed P Zero that’s been optimized specifically for the M8 allowing for better performance in the dry and wet.
Read on for the full press release.
Press release: Pirelli & BMW Create a Custom Pirelli P Zero for the M8
Pirelli and the BMW Group continue in their long-standing successful cooperation. The most recent project being the custom-made variations of Pirelli’s ultra-high performance P Zero tire for the new BMW M8.
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. Applying Pirelli’s Perfect Fit philosophy, a unique version of the 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 variants, which the BMW Group offers as a coupé and a 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).
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. By doing so, the custom-made P Zero significantly contributes to the BMW M8’s ability to perform to its full potential.
The new BMW M8 Coupé and the BMW M8 Competition Coupé, an even more powerful and luxurious version of this high-performance sports car, offer exclusive driving experiences on the road and on the racetrack. The new BMW M8 Convertible and BMW M8 Competition Convertible are available for open-drive enthusiasts. The high-performance Convertible offers an even better balance between comfortable everyday practicality and performance inspired by motorsport.
All models are powered by a 4.4-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine. The Competition models are equipped with 460 kW/625 hp. The top speed of all models is 250 km/h. (155 mph)
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. 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 achieve optimum performance on the BMW M8.