TO EACH HIS OWN CINTURATO
Traditional performance and safety combined with the new environmental features of the “Green Performance” philosophy. Developed to offer road holding on wet and dry roads, driving comfort and a longer life, the Cinturato family stands out for its low environmental impact.
The use of new eco-friendly materials and the lower rolling resistance help reduce the vehicle’s CO2 emissions. The Cinturato family’s summer tires comprise three different products, developed for different types of use: from compact city cars to prestigious saloons.
CINTURATO™ P1™, CINTURATO™ P4™, CINTURATO™ P6™ and CINTURATO™ P7™ respond to the requirements of both urban use, and of long motorway journeys. They are available in rim diameters from 13” to 18” with speed ratings from T to Y.
Invented by Pirelli in the 1950s, the Cinturato was called “Extraordinary” by Juan Manuel Fangio.
The Argentinean ace, five times Formula 1 world champion between 1950 and 1957, was impressed by its absolute driving precision: unthinkable in those years for a traditional cross-ply tire.
More rigid than cross-ply tires, the Cinturato was the first tire with a radial structure which wrapped around the carcass like a belt (Cintura in Italian). The result was a markedly sporting product, which was to make history. Later, the textile fibre of the first Cinturato was replaced by metal cord which gives even more rigidity to the structure: the very best for sports driving.
Over the years the construction philosophy of the Cinturato was applied to tires for industrial vehicles and agricultural tractors.
By the end of 1968 Pirelli was exporting, or directly manufacturing, the Cinturato in as many as 137 countries worldwide.
In the meantime, Sandro Munari and his navigator Daniele Mannucci, first with the Fiat 124 Sport and later with the Fulvia HF 1600 ,both fitted with Pirelli Cinturato tires, led the way on roads and dirt tracks all over the world.
As a result of continual technological advances, the story of the Cinturato continues today under the heading of “Green Performance”.
New eco-friendly materials and the elimination of highly aromatic oils from the compounds minimise the environmental impact, both at the production stage and over the life of the tire, with no reduction in driving pleasure, cornering control or performance.
“Green Performance” technology means fuel consumption could be reduced and environmental impact limited. But a lot depends on your driving habits. Here is some practical advice on how to make the most of the money saving opportunities presented by the Cinturato.
1) Tire pressures should be checked regularly, especially before a long journey. If tires aren’t inflated correctly, they generate more rolling resistance and your vehicle will consume more fuel.
2) The faster you go the greater the aerodynamic resistance. Consequently fuel consumption will rise.
3) Maintain a “smooth” driving style, avoiding sharp acceleration or sudden braking.
4) Change up to a higher gear as soon as possible.
5) Avoid making the engine labour in low gear
6) Use air conditioning conservatively and, if unnecessary, turn off all electrical services, eg the heated rear window.
7) If not being used, remove accessories, such as baggage and bike racks, as soon as possible, as they have a negative effect on the aerodynamic performance of the car.
8) Avoid overloading the car and remove unnecessary objects from the boot.
9) Don’t start the engine until you are ready to move off and switch it off if you expect to stop for more than a couple of minutes.
10) How long has it been since you had the wheel alignment and camber of the wheels checked? A regular check by a tire specialist will ensure a smooth-running, balanced car: an important factor in saving fuel.