New all-season tires were designed specifically for the upcoming pickup.
Pirelli has been at the forefront of advanced tire technology for ages, having first made car tires in 1901. In more recent years, the renowned manufacturer has been called upon to produce dedicated tires for supercars like the McLaren Senna and Pagani Huayra BC. But it's not only high-performance supercars that require optimized rubber; the hardworking truck does as well. In light of this, Pirelli has announced tailor-made Scorpion ATR tires for the latest Ford F-150. Currently rolling off the production line, it's expected to remain the best-selling vehicle in the country when it begins arriving in showrooms.
Pirelli's latest tire offers several advantages for the new F-150 such as excellent stopping distances in wet conditions, improved handling, and lower noise levels. The goal was to enable high grip levels and better rolling resistance, which was achieved in part by the design of mold profiles specifically to suit the new truck.
The bespoke tread design is said to lower tire roar by up to three decibels, while a special tread compound improves both wet handling and performance in snowy weather. These technologies will grow Pirelli's range of Scorpion tires for both light trucks and SUVs. Two sizes of the all-season tire - 265/70R17 and 275/60R20 - will be on offer for the 2021 F-150.
Ford and Pirelli's relationship goes back over two decades, with tires from Pirelli finding their way onto no less than 15 different Fords. The development of the Scorpion ATR tire took place over the last two and a half years, including extreme indoor testing, prototyping, and simulation and modeling that totaled hundreds of hours. It's just one more detail of what should be a cracking truck, which has already impressed before it arrives at dealers with excellent hybrid economy numbers and class-leading towing abilities.
Even though a new wave of powerful electric trucks will be aiming for a piece of the pie in this segment, we still expect the new F-150 to retain its position as a best-seller.