Pirelli has approved 10 different tires to equip the Lotus Elettre, the high-performance British brand’s first electric hyper-SUV. With different front and rear tire sizes, the new vehicle is available with both 22-inch P Zero (275/40R22, 315/35R22) and 23-inch P Zero (275/35R23, 315/30R23). Sealed Inside technology, as well as from the 22-inch P Zero Corsa (275/40R22, 315/35R22).
All these tires are designed to meet the requirements of the Eletre, from first-class dynamic performance and excellent steering feel to range and comfort in all driving conditions. The specific development program for these new tires is evidence of The LTS marking is on the sides, while the Elect identifies a package of technologies that complements the electric vehicle’s features.
,In developing high-performance tires for dynamic BEVs such as the Lotus Elettre, we have had to raise the technological bar, identifying new solutions to meet the needs of a market that is undergoing a true revolution, already Far faster and more challenging. Like cars, tires are changing in more ways than they look. Working closely with prestigious car manufacturers like Lotus is essential to us, as it allows us to envision this development and then execute it together., , dario marrafush Me, Pirelli Product Manager.
,Over the past few months we have done extensive testing on challenging circuits such as the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife and the Pirelli team has done a great job developing the right performance tires for our highly dynamic new all-electric car., Dr Flavio Friesen Senior Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integration of Lotus Tech Innovation Center, Deputy General Manager of Lotus Tech Research Institute.
Specific electrical technology for electric cars
Pirelli’s Elect tires for the Lotus Electre have an optimized footprint and specific compounds that maximize grip, reduce wheel spin under acceleration caused by the instantaneous torque of the electric motor. Tire engineers also worked on optimizing the composition to provide excellent handling and steering feel. Acoustic comfort was one of the key points to achieve a good balance of characteristics. Pirelli Elect tires are designed to reduce rolling resistance, making the ride quieter and more comfortable. These characteristics are certified by the European Tire Label: all sizes have an ‘A’ rating for wet grip, and almost all of them also get an ‘A’ rating for noise.
Sistema antipinzo seal inside
To make the Lotus Elettre’s 22- and 23-inch tires even safer, Seal Inside technology is available as an option, making its debut in the larger sizes. Seal Inside is a self-sealing system that maintains air pressure inside the tire even after a puncture, so you can continue on your journey.
The exclusive P Zero and P Zero Corsa tires for the Lotus Elettre are the result of a state-of-the-art development process carried out with the help of virtual design tools. The tire specifications were defined using 3D modeling before the physical prototype was built, allowing many more details to be included in the design cycle and making the interaction between Pirelli and the automaker even more efficient.