Pirelli launches new tire for classic mini collectors
A new Pirelli Collezione tire is available for Mini owners. Pirelli Collezione is a family of tires designed for the world’s most iconic cars built between 1950 and 1980 that combine vintage looks with modern technology, the company said.
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For all the different versions of the Classic Mini (including cars built under license from Innocenti), Pirelli has recreated the Cinturato CN54 in the 145/70 R12 format, which was originally released in 1972, the company said. It is a radial tire with a tread pattern and sidewall similar to the original but now with modern technology. In particular, the tire includes the latest compounds to provide increased grip and handling on wet surfaces, for improved reliability and control without compromising the original styling, Pirelli said.
When developing this tire, Pirelli engineers worked with the same parameters used by the original vehicle designers, to complete the suspension and chassis settings of the Mini when new with reference to materials. original and tire designs housed in the Pirelli Foundation. archives in Milan, the company said.
Pirelli began designing a Cinturato tire for the Mini, with a tread pattern named 367F, in 1964. A year later the Mini’s success reached Italy and Innocenti was granted a license to produce the cars at its factory in Lambrate near Milan, with production until 1975. In 1976, Pirelli developed tires for the Mini 90 in the 145/70 SR12 format and the Mini 120 in the 155/70 SR12 format. In the 1980s, Pirelli made the P3 for city cars – which outfitted the entire Mini family, including the Red Flame, Check Mate, Studio 2 and Piccadilly special editions. Mini was reborn in 2000 under the wing of BMW, and Pirelli homologated the [email protected] flat tire for the new car: a product capable of traveling 90 miles at a top speed of 50 mph even when completely flat, Pirelli said.