An asymmetric tyre for soft surfaces with low levels of grip

It is suited above all to damp, wet and at the limit muddy conditions. Usable also in dry conditions on inconsistent, loose or sandy ground. Less suited to compact and fast routes.
The tread pattern derives from the K. The reduced width of the tread and the pattern with more voids ensure the correct balance between performance and road holding on surfaces with a low grip.
The less rigid construction allows excellent adaptation of the tyre to the ground and provides easier steering, above all on very winding routes, where a good level of adherence is needed also on irregular surfaces.
Available in different compounds for use in different weather conditions and with different levels of adherence to the ground.


Tyre identification and marking

The markings that appears on the side of the tyres also tells us the basic size of the tyre, the rim diameter and the width of the rim.

We will illustrate how to read two different types of branding that may appear on the side of the rally tyres.
C: Nominal section width expressed in mm - 225
D: Nominal external diameter expressed in mm - 600
d: Nominal rim diameter of the rim, expressed in inches - 16
C: Nominal section width expressed in mm - 205
h/C: Tyre’s technical series. This expresses the ration between the section height (in mm) and the nominal section width (in mm) - 65 nRadial construction - R
d: Nominal rim diameter of the rim, expressed in inches - 15

The treads of the various versions of rally tyres are described by one or two letters followed by a number. The letters identify the type of tread.
The number after the letter indicates the type of use, for example: RX 7

​Make sure that tyres are fitted by experts, with specialised dedicated machinery and equipment, who follow safety procedures. Before mounting the tyres clean the surface of the beads and the area of the rim that comes into contact with the tyre. 
Use ONLY special tyre lubricants for mounting tyres. Do NOT use silicone or petroleum lubricants. 
Check the state of the valves to prevent air loss: Check the seals and the tightness for metal ones and check also for any tears or cracks in rubber seals. If necessary, replace them. When the tyre is being used, always use the valve cover top. 
Follow the indications provided on the sidewall of the tyre referring to the rolling direction and the correct positioning of the internal and external sidewalls, if specified. 
Use the safety cage when inflating tyres. 
Before unseating the tyre from the rim during disassembly, make sure that the tyre has been fully deflated, removing the inner valve mechanism.
Tread temperatures
​Temperatures measured on the tread are an excellent indicator for deciding the best choice of final compound and for optimising corner adjustments of the vehicle, such as camber and toe. 
We recommend measuring the temperature at three different points: inner (innermost side of the vehicle), centre, outer tread. In particular, average temperatures must be the ones shown in the table, the difference between the values measured internally, in the centre and externally must be maximum 20°, while the difference between the front and rear axles must be no more than 25°. If these values are exceeded, we recommend a different final compound should be used or the vehicle’s geometry should be adjusted.
​Working pressure values depend on the size of the tyre in relation to the load that it is subjected to. In other words, it will vary according to the type of car, the weight and conditions of use. 
In particular, as the weight of the vehicle, speeds and accelerations that the tyre is subjected to increase, the working pressure must be increased. In any case, tyres should not be used at pressures below 1.6 bar. 
Using excessively low pressures would bring about the breaking of the tyre due to excess force on the sidewall or unseating from the rim. “Hot” working pressures are usually in the range of 2.2 – 2.5 bar. 
Initial inflation pressures vary in order to obtain these values, depending on whether the tyres are preheated or used “cold”. Indeed, preheated tyres can be inflated to slightly lower values than cold tyres. 
The difference will depend on the type of heater, the time it remains and the environmental conditions.
Pirelli KM motorsport tyre


tyre size version
section width
tread wdt
rolling circumference
tyre size195/70R 15 TL version (mm)KM6 diameter (mm)650 section width (mm)203 tread wdt (mm)170 rolling circumference (mm)1954 rim6
tyre size205/65R 15 TL version (mm)KM4-KM6 diameter (mm)649 section width (mm)226 tread wdt (mm)170 rolling circumference (mm)1951 rim7