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Pirelli & Audi R8 Light up the Island

Presented with challenging wintry conditions, the Pirelli P Zero once again proved itself as the world's number one ultra high performance tyre, when it was put through its paces on the heels of Audi's flagship, the awe-inspiring R8, at the fast and flowing Phillip Island race circuit last week.

In both wet and dry conditions, the R8 was tested to its limits by professional drivers including recent Le Mans racer Lucas Luhr, with the Pirelli rubber ensuring that the full potential of the R8 could be realised with confidence.

With 309kW of power at 7800rpm and accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in just 4.6 seconds, Audi's only choice for it's Supercar was the Pirelli P Zero Improvements in the tread compound ensured immediate reaction guaranteeing the same high degree of performance from cold as when the tyres were up to temperature.

Having just been voted the most economical Sportscar by TopGear, Pirelli were pleased to add to the environmental claims of the R8 by supplying tyres that not only performed in terms of grip level but also proved to last for a considerably long time under extreme conditions.

Recent improvements in rolling resistance and the new Dynamic Asymmetric Contour (DACo) technology ensured regular wear and consistency in the performance meaning a minimal changeover rate. In fact "the only challenge due to wear was having to return the tyres we didn't use at the track" commented Simon Pool Pirelli's Technical Director and Asia Pacific Head of Motorsport.

August 2008