Milan, May 3, 2016 – About 70 per cent of all Porsche models ever built are still in a roadworthy condition even today. In order to serve the need for suitable tires, Porsche along with Pirelli has newly developed, tested and approved numerous tires that were originally matched to different generations of Porsche vehicles. When it comes to the look and design of the tread, the redevelopments are equal to the historic originals. But under the skin, it is all about modern tire technology. In total, there are 32 new tire recommendations available for Porsche model ranges 356 B and C, Boxster (986), 911 (G Model, 964, 993 and 996) and 914 as well as for the transaxle cars: 924, 928, 944 and 968. All these new classic tires are marked with the N certification on the tire wall which designates them as tires homologated by Porsche.
As Maurizio Boiocchi, Pirelli’s General Manager Technology explains: “This means Pirelli researchers work hand in hand with engineers from Porsche in order to develop bespoke tires for each model in the ranges mentioned above. These special tires, engineered by Pirelli, meet the individual needs of every Porsche. They are custom-designed for each model in order to showcase its performance characteristics.”
The new tires are not just simply new editions of the historic tires. In fact they combine the appearance of the originals with modern tire technology by using state-of-the-art compounds together with modern constructions.
The original tread designs and tire dimensions will help these historic sports cars from Zuffenhausen maintain an authentic appearance in every detail. Authenticity is a keyword of classic Porsches, therefore keeping the correct look is important.
The material properties of the tires allow for the best results in terms of traction and load absorption: the construction corresponds to the 2016 structure. Also the rubber compound contains today’s latest tire technology. These include the latest generation polymers.
One hallmark of these new tires is excellent grip. Despite having perfect wet grip these tires roll with very little noise – and meet all official EU tire regulation criteria. Due to this contemporary approach, classic Porsche models with these new tires demonstrate more balanced driving qualities than those with original tires from former years, or those using tires of matching size that are not tested and approved by Porsche.
Aside from the Pirelli CN36, the Pirelli P7 and Pirelli P Zero Rosso were also at Porsche’s disposal. In 1994 the Pirelli P Zero Rosso was original equipment for the Porsche 993. Now this tire is available again in 11 current dimensions. The tire approval includes 32 different tire recommendations in total for Porsches dating from 1959 to 2005. The entire schedule is listed on the Porsche service website (within the updated release lists).
Porsche tire tester Dieter Röscheisen summarizes the results of the sophisticated tire test program: “When it comes to tire approval for classic models we have now turned the corner into the present, with products offering particularly good, well-balanced driving qualities.“
To optimize the product, Porsche tire testers co-operated with the former World Rally Champion Walter Röhrl. The German has huge experience with historic Porsche models and was able to provide valuable input into fine-tuning the typical tire handling. Röhrl outlines the advantages of the newly developed tires: “In earlier years, the handling was not that complete and balanced. The new generation of tires correspond to the way of driving a demanding sports car better than ever.“
Not only road tires were tested. Another innovation for driving on race tracks came with the semi slick P Zero Trofeo R. This tire is available in sizes of 16 to 18 inches, also with bespoke 20-inch sizes.
Classic cars and modern classics cars play an increasingly prominent guest role on track, during track days and special competitions. Or they will be driven to the limit for extended periods as part of the Porsche Driving Experience driver training program.
Road tires of course, were designed chiefly for road use: in track use they become hot and start to degrade, specifically in the shoulder area. In particular, directional control is an aspect that suffers, especially during lateral acceleration.
The new Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R provides a remedy. This tire is designed for driving under thermal loads on track. It is specifically labelled as a semi-slick and shouldn´t be confused with normal road tires suited for driving in wet conditions. The new Pirelli approval will help Porsche win back its uncontested supremacy on the race tracks of the world for keen amateur enthusiasts.
By contrast to all other brands, Porsche has a closer relationship to racing. This is why this latest development for private racers is significant.
All classic tires developed and approved by Porsche are marked with Porsche’s official seal of quality. This common sign for all homologations is “N” on the sidewall. It only decorates tires that perform well during the testing procedure that takes place before homologation. To achieve this proof on European test tracks, the new tires have to meet 33 criteria under stringent conditions.
For the construction years from 1959 to 2006 there are 161 different recommendations for Pirelli summer tires. Another 131 recommendations for winter tires complement the line-up for Porsche classic models.
Including the ‘young timer’ models (911-types plus 993-996), as well as the current models from the last 10 years there are now 2200 currently approved tires. Together with the re-issued tires, these are now all available at every Porsche Classic partner and Porsche center.
Please note the web address for the current Porsche releases: http://www.porsche.com/germany/accessoriesandservices/classic/galleryanddownloads/downloads/
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