With the global reveal of the frankly incredible Porsche 911 Dakar, this is also the first time the german marque will be specifying a Pirelli offroad tyre as original equipment.
The offroad tyre in question is Pirelli’s Scorpion All Terrain Plus, a purpose-built tyre designed for the most challenging conditions, making it the perfect rubber for the all-terrain Porsche 911 Dakar.
Alongside the Scorpion All Terrain Plus, other Pirelli tyres will also be offered as standard equipment, including summer P Zero tyres for use on asphalt and P Zero Winter for optimal grip in colder climates.
Where we go, we don’t need roads
Pirelli’s Scorpion range are tyres that have been specifically designed to offer resistance and support over the most demanding terrain. However, additional research had to be done in order to adapt the Scorpion tyres to the new Porsche 911 Dakar. Hence, Pirelli has launched a new development programme to research and achieve these targets.
The result? Not only are the tyres able to confidently handle the performance of this car both on loose surfaces and asphalt, but the structure of the tyre has also been strengthened and optimised to improve contact with the ground.
Compared to the standard Scorpion All Terrain Plus, the new tyre for the Porsche 911 Dakar features a tread pattern that delivers equal competitive performance both on the tarmac and loose ground, making it as effective on a circuit as in the desert.
All this is achieved without compromising the fundamental aspects that a tyre needs for everyday use, such as stability, safety and comfort. To put the tyre through its paces, Pirelli drove the 911 Dakar on numerous proving grounds in Europe, as well as a variety of tracks representative of a wide range of conditions.
Safe to say this tyre won’t be something that is cheap to replace, but with Pirelli’s bold claims on how the tyre handles, we can be sure that one would be able to confidently attack any offroad terrain… until the tyres blow up at least.
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