Pirelli Tyres History-a “Brief History” of their tyre Manufacturing Excellence

Pirelli Tyres History – famous for the manufacture of both tyres and underground cable they were founded in Milan in Italy in 1872 by Giovanni Battista Pirelli.

Pirelli tyres have been making tyres for over 100 years and although Eric Roberts from Pellon Tyre and Autocentre has not been around for that long, he says”that in all his experience in the tyre trade these Italian  tyres have always given motorists good service and good mileage, and are one brand name that commands respect and loyalty amongst the Pirelli tyres users”. This is indeed praise from such an established tyre dealer( who also have Pirelli Girls Calendar) to this day stills sells these tyres at his Halifax based tyre depot.

Pirelli Tyres History

Pirelli (Photo credit: NA.dir)

Much of the Pirelli Tyres History 

was born from the need of Lancia rally. They wanted a stronger lower riding radial tyre for their Lancia Stratos rally car. This lead the designers to create a much stronger tyre construction. Both wider and with a much lower side wall. This design became very successful and a great boost to lancia racing. Indeed Porsche also started to use tyre in its racing division.
This Pirelli tyre design lead to the creation of the  Cinturato. The tyre was developed in the 1950s and was originally made from a textile belted construction. Consequently, the tyre gave great comfort and road holding qualities but as for all textile construction tyres was a little low on mileage and could not compete with some of its rivals namely Michelin tyres who were streets ahead with their steel belted X range of tyres.

Pirelli Tyres History

The earlier cinturatos were used as original equipment. This was on most Italian made production cars such as the Alfas. They were also fitted to sport and rally cars using using 165r400 cinturatos. These tyres are a great part of the Pirelli Tyres History. Eric Roberts remembers the first time he saw these tyres ,”they were very unusual at the time, but things were changing fast in the world of tyres, and we were not that surprised at what came along next”. These Pirelli  tyres are still the only tyres to be used in certain types of motor racing. The most common size been the 165×14. These cinturato tyres were commonly seen on early MGB GT’s and can be bought at specialist tyre dealers from the internet.

Pirelli Tyres History

English: Lancia Stratos Group 4. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the mid 70s Pirelli tyres started bringing out steel belted tyres and introduced a new range called the P8. This made Pirelli Tyres History and was Pirelli tyres first low profile tyre,

this tyre gave the cars of the time much better road handling, This  helped Pirelli in the fast moving technology of tyre development during that period. Then we had a Middle East oil crisis. The rush was on to develop a new type of tyre that would save fuel costs, very much like the situation that we have today. Pirelli tyres came up with the P8. This tyre was built for a much better rolling resistance and therefore saving the motorists on fuel costs.
 The next part of the Pirelli Tyres History came with the development of the P-Zero range. Because this tyre that was made for the bigger faster cars that were and still are for both competition and road use cars.  Like the BMW’s and MERCs. These new Pirelli tyres were built with extra strong ply’s and were ultra low profile.
This tyre is still been modernized as newer cars are further developed . Once again Eric Roberts has always been highly satisfied with the quality and standard of the Pirelli tyres products. From their first cinturatos to their present day range of PZero tyres. Keeping the jobs going at Pirelli Carlisle.