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Pirelli Dominates European Summer Tyre Tests

The Milanese firm triumphs in 8 out of 11 tests conducted by the motoring authorities and the specialist media.

Pirelli dominated the European summer tyre tests in every reference category, obtaining eight overall victories and two "podium" placings in a total of 11 tests conducted by the motoring authorities and the specialist press.

The uncontested star of the series of tests was the brand-new P Zero , the high technology tyre developed for high performance vehicles. The results of the 2008 Summer Tests confirm that Pirelli is the leading brand for quality and reliability in all product ranges.

Pirelli's P6 also obtained an excellent result in its category, being defined by the ADAC technicians as "excellent in all areas of significance to safety".

Conducted by Germany and Europe's largest automobile club, the ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club), the test involved 18 tyres from different manufacturers and saw Pirelli prevail thanks to their superior performance in all five test parameters: wear resistance, dry surfaces, wet surfaces, comfort and rolling resistance.

The ADAC tests were also the point of reference for the technicians from the GTU (one of the most important German authorities in the sector) who, in collaboration with the European consumer magazines: Que Choisir in France, Test Achatsin Belgium, Ocuin Spain and Pro Testein Portugal, all praised Pirelli's latest offerings.

The British magazine 'Which?' also defined the tyre as its "Best Buy" thanks to the mileage it offers and its excellent performance and safety characteristics; the Pirelli P6 also proved to be a "Best Buy", being described by Which as "very safe and the best in its category for braking in the wet".

The P Zero swept the board in Germany with four overall victories in four tests. Pirelli's Ultra High Performance tyre for super sports cars overwhelmed its rivals in the tests conducted by Auto Zeitung, Sport Auto, Sport Auto Tuning Spezialand Power Car, which unanimously voted it the top tyre in the reference segment.

There were also excellent placings for other Pirelli products: the P7 was the winner in the tests conducted by the German magazine Gute Fahrt, which voted it the best tyre in the handling and aquaplaning tests, while the Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico was the winner in the tests conducted by the French magazine L'Argusin relation to safety, roadholding and wet and dry braking.

July 2008