New Pirelli P Zero Trofeo RS launched as track-based road tyre
Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli has used its motorsport expertise to develop its most focused road tyre yet
Pirelli’s P Zero Trofeo R has been a popular choice among performance car enthusiasts since its launch, but now the firm has taken that track-biased road car tyre a step further with the launch of the new Trofeo RS.
Initially launched only as an original equipment tyre, the P Zero Trofeo RS boasts even greater performance than the ordinary Trofeo R thanks to the use of motorsport-derived technology.
Launched as the most extreme road-legal Pirelli tyre yet, the new semi-slick is a technical evolution of the original Trofeo R, offering more dry performance and longevity. The RS is designed to maintain the same level of performance even after multiple track sessions at the limit due to a new motorsport-inspired multi-compound tread that also helps it deliver more consistent perform on less consistent road surfaces and in the wet.
Its new tread design also allows each tyre’s compound to be finely tuned to a higher level for each car, taking handling and weight distribution characteristics into account when developing the compound. For the new Pagani Utopia, for example, Pirelli opted for a bespoke compound for the rear axle alone in order to ensure on-road useability without compromising its performance on track. Virtual Geometry Development also allows Pirelli to develop bespoke tyres in the virtual world, honing profiles and the contact patch before the first physical prototypes are created.
While the Trofeo R was originally launched as an aftermarket tyre option, the Trofeo RS will be available only as OE from manufacturers at launch, with the likes of the Pagani Utopia and Ford Mustang Dark Horse the first adopters. As a result, the Trofeo R will still be produced in select sizes, with the new Trofeo RS to launch as an aftermarket option in due course.