Pirelli has introduced the P Zero Trofeo RS, a new semi-slick tire specifically designed as original equipment for high-performance vehicles like the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Pagani Utopia, and Ford Mustang Dark Horse. This tire builds upon the success of its predecessor, the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R, but with a stronger focus on OEM fitment from the outset.
Pirelli claims that the P Zero Trofeo RS offers an improved driving experience in dry conditions and increased longevity compared to the previous model. It should be noted, though, that this tire is primarily designed for performance rather than year-round street use, unlike the company’s Pirelli P Zero AS Plus 3.
Since the P Zero Trofeo RS is an OEM tire, it has been engineered to prioritize performance on wet asphalt. Furthermore, it is designed to withstand rigorous and prolonged track use. Pirelli achieves this by utilizing a Multi compound tread and tailoring the tire to each specific vehicle. This personalization involves incorporating different tread patterns from Pirelli’s Prestige catalog.
For instance, when developing the tire for the Pagani Utopia, Pirelli focused on enhancing extreme driving experiences compared to the P Zero Corsa. This led to the use of new tire compounds, with particular attention given to the rear tires, which endure the most wear during performance-oriented driving. These compounds strike a balance between on-track performance and road use.
Pirelli employed Virtual Geometry Development to create various tire profiles and footprints. This virtual approach allows engineers to fine-tune the tire design for a specific vehicle, optimizing the contact patches and compounds before physical testing on a track.
While Pirelli has a history of producing bespoke tires for a wide range of vehicles, the Trofeo RS introduces a more streamlined process. This enables a greater number of vehicles to be equipped with custom racing tires. Currently, the P Zero Trofeo RS is only available as original equipment, but aftermarket versions are expected to follow. The P Zero Trofeo R will continue to be sold alongside the new offering.