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Pirelli develops bespoke P Zero tyre for Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

Pirelli has developed a specially adapted version of its P Zero tyre for the Ioniq 5 N, Hyundai’s first high-performance electric car.

Following a two-year collaboration between Hyundai and Pirelli, the P Zero was tested on the Nürburgring circuit in Germany to prove its performance and consistency under extreme driving conditions.

To meet the specific characteristics of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, Pirelli has equipped the bespoke P Zero with its Elect technology, developed by the company specifically for electric cars and plug-in hybrids.

The P Zero Elect is said by Pirelli to offer several advantages for electric vehicles thanks to innovative compounds, tread patterns and structures.

Its reinforced structure and materials can withstand the stresses associated with the mass of a battery-powered vehicle. The tyre can also withstand the high torque immediately applied by the electric motor, which increases its durability. The use of functionalised polymers in the compound has resulted in improved wet grip and handling.

The P Zero Elect for the new Ioniq 5 N also features the Pirelli Noise Cancelling System (PNCS) to enhance the driving experience.

As a sign of its bespoke adaptation for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, the tyre has a special ‘HN’ marking on the sidewall.

When developing this tyre, Pirelli says its engineers paid special attention to driving dynamics. They carefully refined every detail of the tyre, including the tread design and construction. They optimised the groove depth and tread block dimensions to improve traction and stability and provide excellent grip on different surfaces.

They also precisely tuned the stiffness of the tyre for a responsive and controlled driving experience both on the track and on normal roads.

In addition to the summer tyre, Pirelli has also developed a special version of the Winter Sottozero 3 tyre to meet the different needs of Ioniq 5 N drivers. According to Pirelli, the Winter Sottozero 3 offers optimum traction and control in cold temperatures.

For drivers looking for even more performance, Pirelli offers the P Zero Corsa, which it says provides high performance both on the track and on the road with excellent traction and braking.