Once again the Italian P Zero Experience returns to the track. On the 15th and 16th the asphalt of Mugello will turn black and yellow, the colours of Pirelli (subscribe here). A special event for the those eager to drive on the circuit, where passion is measured in liters of petrol. 3,370L were consumed in 2018 and the story the follows will have you relive those two days on the track.
How can you gauge the love of cars on a racing weekend? For instance, 380 litres of water drunk over two days point to the fact that the weather was balmy. Counting 150 top cars on the track, on the other hand, indicates that the idea of the event was successful. But the key number was something else. The 3.370 litres of fuel dispensed by the fuel pump in the Mugello paddock demonstrates how much drivers enjoyed the first PZero Experience in Italy. On a mid-June weekend, the powerful super cars – both current models and timeless classics – were revving up in front of the gates of the Tuscan racing track surrounded by magnificent hills. With 5.2 kilometres of total length, 15 bends and famous straight where even the fastest cars can touch their top speed, the Mugello circuit holds a special place for motorsports fanatics because of its up-and-down configuration, its hairpin curves and is downhill braking points and because it usually not open to the public for test sessions. Pirelli customers were granted the unusual honour and readily unleashed tens of thousands of cumulative horsepower on this strip of tarmac winding through the greenery. Ferrari F50, F12 tdf, 812 Superfast, LaFerrari, Lamborghini Huracàn and Aventador, McLaren 720S, Porsche 911 GT2 RS and Cayman GT4, Pagani Zonda Roadster and Huayra BC – car enthusiasts marvelled at the best automotive production of the past decades that came together in Mugello for the PZero Experience even before actually getting behind the wheel.
Aptly named, participants to the event enjoyed the Pirelli's prestige strategy discovering the P Zero tyres and the Collezione range dedicated to classic cars, the new PZero Velo fitted on Pinarello Dogma F10 bicycles and the MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR Pirelli. The entire event was complemented by the images of the 2018 Pirelli calendar and Pirelli Design accessories in the best motorsport style. Car makers teamed up with Pirelli to organise test drives of the latest additions to their respective line-ups on the road and on the track. The prestige brands that have chosen Pirelli as sole tyre supplier were all present: Bentley, Dallara, Lamborghini, Maserati, McLaren and Pagani Automobili. The car maker based in San Cesario sul Panaro was represented by Horacio Pagani himself, to celebrate the partnership with Pirelli that dates back to the very beginning of his automotive career.
During breaks, Leica expert photographers held mini-courses showing how to take splendid photographs of cars. A team of Pirelli PZero experts were also available for guests to recommend the perfect tyre pressure for fast driving on the track and to provide tips for even and effective tyre use in all conditions. Even the toughest, like those of the Tuscan racing track.
The weekend ended with a promise. The PZero Experience in Mugello was the first event in Italy and would not be the last.