Pirelli fits the all-new Hyundai Kona N - Press Release
PERFORMANCE ON THE TRACK AND DRIVING PLEASURE ON THE ROAD
WITH THE NEW PIRELLI P ZERO TIRE FOR THE ALL-NEW HYUNDAI KONA N
New York, November 16, 2021 - Pirelli has developed a new P Zero tire, which combines performance and control as well as comfort, to provide a truly enjoyable drive, specifically for the recently-launched Hyundai KONA N. The latest N model is the first SUV produced by Hyundai's sporting N division. Each Hyundai N model is developed on the basis of the three pillars: corner rascal, everyday sports car and race-track capability.
A TAILOR-MADE P ZERO FOR THE KONA N
Pirelli's engineers have developed new P Zero tires in 235/40R19 96 Y size for the KONA N to meet the requirements of Hyundai's engineers, enhancing the performance on track as well as in terms of safety, with driving pleasure on the road. This was achieved through tests conducted jointly by Hyundai and Pirelli on the Nurburgring, as well as on the Namyang track in Korea over the course of a year. Pirelli has developed a P Zero tire with low levels of road noise to maximize on-board comfort while making the most of each car's performance. The P Zero tire was born as an Ultra High Performance (UHP) product, putting together Pirelli's experience in motorsport with partnerships involving the world's top car manufacturers. Following Pirelli's 'perfect fit' strategy, the P Zero tires for the KONA N put the emphasis on performance without compromising driving comfort. There's also an accent on safety thanks to excellent wet braking performance (certified by the tire's 'A' label rating) as well as durability, handling, and comfort. The tire is additionally marked 'HN' on the sidewall to denote that it's been made specifically for the Korean manufacturer's N products.
PIRELLI ALONGSIDE THE N DIVISION
N stands for Namyang, the South Korean district that's the home of Hyundai's global research and development division, as well as Nurburgring: the legendary circuit that hosts Hyundai's technical centre. The epic German circuit, with its never-ending variety of corners and rollercoaster crests, has always been used as a test track to put the world's most sporting cars through their paces: as was the case for the KONA N. The N logo on the car recalls this sporting heritage, as it also resembles a chicane on a race circuit.
PIRELLI AND HYUNDAI IN THE WRC
Hyundai has been involved in some of the world's biggest motorsport championships for a number of years. As well as the Nurburgring VLN series, the Pirelli World Challenge, and the Nurburgring 24 Hours, the Korean company participates in the World Rally Championship since 2014 with the i20 Coupe WRC, which won the manufacturers' championship in 2019 and 2020. Pirelli also has a firm connection with the WRC, which it uses as an open-air laboratory to try out new technologies that then find their way onto the road. Pirelli has been present in rallying since 1973, having claimed 25 world titles and 181 rally wins. The Italian firm was sole supplier to the WRC between 2008 and 2010, returning to the role from 2021 to 2024, after supplying WRC2 from 2018. With this latest exclusive agreement, Pirelli underlines its status as world leader in the most prestigious motorsport championships.
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