If you thought Pirelli and Lamborghini go together like a hand and glove, it’s little wonder: the partnership has lasted since the carmaker’s first day.
2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini, and the 50th anniversary of the Italian tiremaker’s partnership with the supercar producer.
The Pirelli Foundation recently hosted an event to get Lamborghini’s half-century celebrations underway, which began in Milan and will conclude at Lamborghini’s headquarters in Sant’Agata, with stops in Forte dei Marmi, Rome and Bologna.
“The collaboration between Pirelli and Lamborghini dates back to 1963: the year in which Ferruccio Lamborghini asked Pirelli to equip the newly created constructor’s first car: the 350 GTV, launched as a prototype at the Turin Motor Show the same year,” the tiremaker stated.
Both this model and the production version, badged 350 GT, were presented at the Geneva Motor Show the following year.
Early Lambo models used Pirelli’s Cinturato HS tire, “developed at the time to equip sports cars that were already capable of reaching the 240 kph mark. The HS designation stood for “high speed,” indicating the tire’s capability of withstanding the sustained high speeds generated by the emerging supercars of the 1960s,” Pirelli said.
Since that time, the launch of new Lamborghini models often brought new Pirelli models. In fact, the new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster is fitted with specially developed Pirelli tires that carry a distinctive red logo inspired by the P Zero Formula One tires.