Who makes tyres for the world's most expensive car?
Well, Pirelli does now. It's just announced a new addition to its historic range – for the 65-year-old, £30-million Ferrari 250 GTO...
Pirelli has introduced the new Stelvio Corsa tyre, which looks the same as the tyres used on the Ferrari 250 GTO back in the 1960s, but uses modern technology for higher grip and better wear. It's only to be used on the 250 GTO – the most valuable car in the world.
The Stelvio Corsa is part of the Pirelli Collezione tyre range for prestige historic cars, which also includes the Cinturato CN72 for Maserati, and the P7 and CN36 for Porsche.
The tread pattern design and sidewalls of these tyres are similar to those of period tyres, but they use new, advanced compounds for better grip on wet surfaces, and high safety and reliability.
Pirelli’s engineers used the same parameters that the car designers at the time worked with, to complement the original suspension and mechanical characteristics. Pirelli Fondazione’s archive images were also used in the design process, while the production of the tyres used bespoke techniques similar to those employed in low-volume motorsport tyres.
Pirelli named some of its tyres after famous Alpine passes. The Rolle and Sempione tyres were born after World War II, but it was the Stelvio in Corsa guise that represented the most performance-oriented product right up until the mid-1960s. Pirelli has brought the name back to create this dedicated tyre for the Ferrari 250 GTO.
The tyre size for the 250 GTO is 215/70 R15 98W on the front and 225/70 R15 100W at the back. No other size is available and no other car can use the Pirelli Stelvio Corsa: only the Ferrari 250 GTO.
More details on the Pirelli website.
Main picture courtesy of LAT Images
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