The number of events that are being added to the schedule in the United States, only to have them almost immediately sell out, is indicative of the sport’s ever-increasing popularity. Today’s event is taking place in Austin, Texas. Tires are a topic that will always be a hot topic of conversation among fans, regardless of whether they are seasoned veterans or newcomers to the sport. Pirelli is always at the forefront of discussions regarding tires, and the decisions that are made regarding tires can have a significant impact on the performance of a driver in a Grand Prix. This story, on the other hand, has nothing to do with racing tires in any way. In its place, we are going to take a cursory glance at how Pirelli’s involvement in Formula One has aided in the development of the company’s road tires.
Since 2011, Pirelli has been the supplier of tires for Formula One, and they extended an invitation to us to attend this year’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, which is located just outside of Austin, Texas. The invitation was extended to us so that we could have the chance to speak with Mario Isola, who serves as the Director of Motorsports for Pirelli. There is no setting more conducive to a discussion on tires than a garage where Formula 1 cars are warming up because the air is filled with the aroma of newly installed rubber. There is also no setting more appropriate for a conversation on tires.
According to one of the engineering staff members for the team, “We constantly utilize Formula 1 to study and gather data as well as to test our tires in the most difficult scenario in order to develop technologies for road tires.”
In addition to the apparent brand-building and consistent name exposure that Formula 1 provides for Pirelli, the several years that the company has been involved in the sport have helped it bring innovation to the consumer goods that are used on sports cars and conventional daily automobiles. Formula 1 has been an important part of Pirelli’s involvement in the sport for a number of years. This is how racing works for manufacturers, and it is no different for a tire supplier. If you win on Sunday, you can sell your product on Monday. You should try to win on Sunday and sell on Monday.
In spite of this, the previous decade’s worth of work with 13-inch tires has been beneficial. This is because Pirelli is now in a better position to develop a tire that is suitable for use on public streets as a result of the switch from 13-inch to 18-inch wheels that was implemented this season in Formula One. The switch was made in response to the fact that the previous season saw the wheels used in Formula One increase from 13 inches to 18 inches. A substantial amount of progress has been made in a number of areas, including the modeling of tires.
“With a 13-inch size, the size was so unusual that we had a wonderful experience in virtual models,” Isola adds. “The size was so unusual that we had a wonderful experience in virtual models.” When working with virtual models that have this functionality, “this is something that you are able to perform with road tires.” “We now have simulators in Milan, and we use the same technique for all of the tires, which is to construct a virtual model of the tire, and then test it in the simulator,” said the representative of the company. “We use this methodology for all of the different types of tires.” After that, we will be able to reduce the number of prototypes that are required to be tested on the track.
Car manufacturers are becoming better at computer modeling and computer simulation with each passing year, which enables them to cut down on the amount of testing that has to be done in the real world via trial and error. It’s possible to say the same thing about the team that’s made up of Pirelli and Isola. Because of the rapid pace at which innovation with new technology is required in Formula 1, the technology that is developed for the process of design may be used in the production of tires such as the Pirelli P Zero line. This is because of the fact that Formula 1 requires new innovations with new technology at an extremely rapid pace.
Isola investigated the inner workings of the tire bead in response to a question that inquired about certain characteristics of Pirelli road tires that were specifically derived from the technology used in Formula 1. Bead is the part of the tire that actually makes contact with the rim and is responsible for maintaining the seal that exists between the tire and the rim. In the event that you are not familiar with the ins and outs of tires, the bead is the portion of the tire that is responsible for maintaining the seal.
According to Isola, “the geometry of the bead of the P Zero, for example, is the same geometry that we have in Formula 1.” “The geometry of Formula 1 is exactly the same as what we have here.” It goes without saying that in Formula 1, the torque that we have here is ridiculously high, and you need to be absolutely certain that there is not rim twisting occurring between the tire and the rim in order to avoid damaging the car. Therefore, it was of the highest significance to determine the form of the bead in such a way that it would enable it to seal the tire to the rim and prevent any sliding from occurring.
If you were wondering about the significance of the bead in relation to a tire such as the P Zero, Isola is prepared with an explanation for you at this point.
Isola adds that the issue is not only one of poor performance. “Because obviously, if you have this sliding, you lose performance, but if you unbalance the tire, you may produce a lot of vibrations, and it was extremely crucial to find a decent solution for that,” the speaker said. “Because obviously, if you have this sliding, you lose performance.” “Because it is obvious that if you have this sliding, your performance will suffer,” Because of this, we decided to perform some finite elemental analysis on the various bead forms and geometries. Once we established which of these had the best results, we utilized that particular design for each and every one of the tires.
Formula 1 has assisted Pirelli in modernizing its production processes for a variety of road tires in a number of different ways. The bead is only one of these methods. As an example, the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R, which is an extreme summer tire with a focus on the track, is produced on the same production line and with the same manufacturing procedure as the Formula 1 tires. Additionally, this tire is designed with a particular concentration on the track.
Isola lets us know that “in reality, we do have a new production technology that we apply for Formula 1.” In addition to that, it is used in the manufacturing of our ultra-high-performance tires here at the company.
You could also be wondering about what Pirelli has learned so far this season with the new 18-inch tires, and if that is the case, you are doing the right thing by being inquisitive about it. We were, as well, but unfortunately, it is not yet feasible to make any substantial conclusions from the data that is now available.
According to Isola, “For the time being it is too early since this is the first year in with an 18-inch tire,” but “for the future, clearly our R&D engineers are in communication with R&D engineers for road tires,” he adds. “For the future, clearly our R&D engineers are in communication with R&D engineers for road tires.” “In addition to this, they engage in a great deal of talk. They talk to one another about fresh ideas and what they’ve discovered in the Formula 1 competition.
In spite of this, Isola was able to provide us some insight into what it has been able to do and what we could anticipate seeing from Pirelli’s improvements this year.
Isola says that for the time being they are still learning the ropes, thus they are practicing on a tire that has a diameter of 18 inches since they are still getting the hang of things. “We are now doing some parameter adjustment in order to be ready for the next year. Because of this, we are currently working on this product in order to optimize the pressure distribution, temperature, distribution under the footprint, the change in pressure as a result of the fact that there is a delta pressure from cold to running temperatures, and the fact that all of these new profiles and new criteria can be used for road tires. All of these new profiles and new criteria can be used for road tires.
It’s possible that the solutions to our unanswered concerns may become more intriguing when Isola has spent a few more years competing in Formula One with the 18-inch tire. The science that goes into making tires is continuously being improved, and those circular bits of rubber that hold us rooted to the ground are anything from simple. In the not-too-distant future, we can’t wait to witness what brand-new innovations in motorsports will be put into action on the track.