Porsche Develops New Tyres For Classics
Porsche has developed a range of new N-rated tyres for its classic sports cars that benefit from modern technology, yet boast a period aesthetic…
Never let it be said that Porsche does not look after its heritage, and with around 70 percent of all Porsche cars ever built still on the road, it’s little wonder the brand is so keen for a slice of the classic car market. As such, Porsche has developed a range of 32 new tyres suitable for drivers of classic Porsche cars built between 1959 and 2005, some have been created in partnership with Pirelli.
Tailored to specific generations of vehicle, the new tyres, which are all N-rated and therefore approved for use by Porsche, replicate period products in their look with authentic profile patterns, dimensions and cross-section ratios, yet incorporate modern technology in their design. They are suitable for the 356 (B and C), 986 Boxster and 911 (G series, 964, 993 and 996) as well as the transaxle models (924, 928, 944 and 968). They all meet EU tyre regulations.
Porsche has tested the tyres for grip and durability on road and track using its team of talented test drivers, including former rally world champion Walter Röhrl. Röhrl said: “The driving properties in the early years were not as full or balanced as they are today. The new generation of tyres is more fitting than ever to the driving style of a challenging sports car.”
Pirelli’s involvement has seen it re-issue Pirelli P Zero Rosso tyres as fitted new to the 993 in 1994, the tyres are available again in eleven common sizes. Pirelli and Porsche also spent time developing tyres for historic motorsport use, the P Zero Trofeo R is a semi-slick available in sizes ranging between 16- and 18-inches. For models from 1959 through to 2006, there are currently 161 different recommendations for summer tyres, and an additional 131 recommendations for winter tyres. Astonishingly, the total number of tyres Porsche recommends is 2,200!
All of these tyres can now be ordered from any Porsche Classic Centre at European Porsche Centres.