The Pirelli P Zero tyre has beaten all its leading rivals in an important ultra high performance tyre test organised by evo magazine.
evo compared the leading performance tyres currently on sale, pitting the P Zero against seven other well-known rivals from established tyre manufacturers in a series of probing challenges.
These were designed to assess key aspects such as handling, acceleration and braking under a variety of different circumstances, both in the wet and the dry. The test included both objective measurements – with tyre performance measured in a controlled environment – as well as subjective assessments, where a variety of experienced evo road testers drove on the tyres to evaluate driver feedback and feel how they interacted with the car and surface.
The Pirelli P Zero stood out as the overall test winner by a convincing margin. “Scoring no fewer than six top results, the Pirelli was especially impressive in the wet and by far the most impressive tyre subjectively,” wrote evo. “It set fastest laps in the wet and the dry and you could feel the grip.”
The evo tyre test was carried out with the latest P Zero in 18-inch size, one of the most popular
measurements in Pirelli’s performance range – which will also be the diameter that FIA Formula One World Championship adopts with Pirelli from 2021 onwards. Pirelli P Zero sizes start in 18-inch size and go all the way up to 22 inches.
The evo test win backs up another important test win for Pirelli earlier this year, when the P Zero was judged to be the best of 11 summer tyres by German publication Auto Bild, which praised its “excellent performance with no weak points”.
Currently, there are more than 1,100 homologations of P Zero.