Pirelli presents a new tire for the iconic Fiat 500, which introduced the car to the masses in Italy. This new tire forms part of the Pirelli Collezione series, dedicated to cars from 1950 to 1980, combining classic looks with modern technology and retaining the same originality as the tire’s first production.
A HIGH-TECH PRODUCT TIRE
Pirell recreated the Cinturato CN54 tire, which was first introduced to the market in 1972, in the size 125 R 12 for all Fiat 500 versions manufactured from 1957 on. This radial tire is produced with a tread pattern and sidewall similar to the original but with modern technology. Pirelli Collezione tires are produced with contemporary compounds to provide enhanced wet grip, guaranteeing safety and high safety standards without sacrificing the original style. Throughout the tire’s research and development program, Pirelli engineers used the same parameters that the original vehicle designers used to perfectly complement the suspension and chassis tuning the car had when new. To achieve this, they referenced original materials and designs from the Pirelli Foundation archives in Milan.
PART OF THE FIAT 500 STORY FROM THE BEGINNING
When the Fiat 500 was born in 1957, it was only 2.95 meters long and was equipped with a 479cc engine producing 13 hp and a top speed of 85 km / h. The traditional 125 12 tire tread pattern used either the Cisa, the tried and trusted Stelvio, or the Rolle, which was also offered for the larger Fiat 600. The Fiat 500 series would expand over the years with options from the original N version to the D model introduced in 1960. This version was the first car to adopt the Pirelli Sempione ‘Safety Shoulder’ model, with more rounded cheeks for better cornering grip. Both models were equipped with Pirelli 12-inch tires, while the 1965 Fiat 500F was followed by the L in 1968. When the R version was launched in 1972, the Pirelli Cinturato range was wide enough to be offered for Fiat’s small car with a radial tire CN54 tread in size 125 R 12. Pirelli is now reproducing this tire for owners of this classic Italian icon. The then CN54 was derived directly from the rally experience while retaining the classic CA67 tread pattern, which made Cinturato famous worldwide thanks to a new belted structure that improves both comfort and tire life.
PIRELLI COLLEZIONE: A HISTORY THAT LEAVES ON THE ROAD
The Pirelli Collezione family was born to continue the automotive history with tires that will serve two purposes: preserving the look and driving feel of the original versions, but at the same time increasing efficiency and safety through modern technology and manufacturing processes. The range begins with the legendary Stella Bianca, which was first introduced to the market in 1927, followed by Stelvio, recreated in 2018 for the Ferrari 250 GTO, the world’s most expensive car alone. Next comes CA67 (1955), CN72 (1964), CN36 (1968), CN12 (1968), Cinturato P7 (1974), P5 (1977), P Zero (1984) and P700-Z (1988).
Throughout the development process of these reborn tires, Pirelli engineers used the same vehicle parameters that the original designers used at the time, but have benefited from all their knowledge and experience when it comes to materials and manufacturing processes that have evolved since then. The result is an impressive mix of performance, style and originality. Pictures, plans and other materials compiled from the archives of the Pirelli Foundation formed an essential part of this process. The Foundation keeps in its archives all the documentation regarding the design, development and manufacture of every Pirelli tire created over the years. These include homologation certificates, mold designs, tread pattern studies and test results, price lists and catalogs. Pirelli Collezione tires,
PIRELLI CINTURATO: A STORY OF SAFETY AND TECHNOLOGY FROM THE 1950s TO TODAY
Seventy years ago, Pirelli engineers tried out the first innovative prototype, giving birth to a complete tire family. At the time, this tire, which was not yet called Cinturato, was hiding a real revolution for the industry under the tread pattern. There are few truly radical changes in the history of tire manufacturing, but one of them is definitely the introduction of radial tires developed by Pirelli using textile and metal reinforcements. Cinturato, described by Pirelli’s marketing department as “a great new tire with its own seat belt inside,” became the equipment of the most important cars of its time. In the beginning, the choice of manufacturers like Lancia was ‘367’, but in the next evolution of this groundbreaking tire, Cinturato met the world’s most admired cars. Pirelli, Cinturato CA67, With the introduction of the CN72 and CN73 versions, it created the sporty tire concept for the road. This concept was necessary to provide as much grip as the cars that left their mark in their era, such as the Ferrari 250 GT and 400 Superamerica, Lamborghini 400GT and Miura, Maserati 4000 and 5000.
When the calendars showed in the mid-1970s, the next great revolution of the Cinturato family was making itself felt. Created for rallies in general and Lancia Stratos in particular, the first Cinturato P7 featured groundbreaking innovations such as a zero degree nylon belt and above all, an ultra-low profile. The first car models in which these tires were adopted for the road were the Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo, Lamborghini Countach and De Tomaso Pantera. Soon the P6 tire followed the P7, which was less sporty but with a broader application potential. P5 came next; This tire was specially designed for Jaguar, which demands from Pirelli for maximum driving pleasure and the quietest possible tire. In the 1980s the P600 and P700 were born, successors to the P6 and P7 respectively. On these tires, the focus was on safety improvements such as wet grip and cornering. By the 1990s, the P6000 and P7000, where safety and performance were further improved, were introduced to the market. During these years, Pirelli engineers were also working on another revolution that would equip the mighty Lancia S4 rally car. This great car needed specially designed tires that could respond to the extraordinary power it was capable of producing, and the P Zero was born. But this is a story to be told another time … This great car needed specially designed tires that could respond to the extraordinary power it was capable of producing, and the P Zero was born. But this is a story to be told another time … This great car needed specially designed tires that could respond to the extraordinary power it was capable of producing, and the P Zero was born. But this is a story to be told another time …
The P7 name came to the fore in 2009, with features such as reducing fuel consumption and harmful emissions, using ecological materials, and improved control and braking capabilities. Expanding with the introduction of Winter and All Season versions, the family continues to be included in the product range today, while the number of homologations has exceeded 400. The Cinturato P7 demonstrates how it has always been a favorite among automakers, thanks to its ability to follow the latest automotive trends. The Cinturato P7 has managed to keep up with all the innovations introduced in recent years, such as game-changing advanced electronics, driver assistance systems, hybrid and electric cars. Taking this legacy forward, the new Cinturato P7 is already being launched with 60 homologations.