Pirelli and Maserati's agreement renewed

Pirelli and Maserati's agreement renewed: total synergy on products and racing Milan, 13 April 2006 - First signed in early 2003 and with a three-year validity, the inaugural global collaboration agreement between Pirelli Tyres and Maserati has brought positive results to both companies. Covering both motor sport and synergy in the development of new products for public sale, the accord between the Milan tyre manufacturer and Maserati has achieved notable results across the board. The agreement was renewed for a further two years recently and continues to cover motor racing and the development of new products jointly created for mass production. As mentioned, the accord reached between Pirelli and Maserati, leaders on a world scale in their respective sectors, has yielded excellent results in various areas. From the sports point of view, they include the Constructors' and Team titles in the 2005 FIA-GT Championship with the Maserati MC12 on P Zero Racing tyres, the numerous victories of the Modena two-seaters entered by a number of teams in international and national championships - including the Italian GT series title - and the great success among both participants and spectators of the Trofeo Maserati, the fourth of which began in early April at Monza. As well as the series called the Trofeo GranSport, which has taken place in Europe and Brazil on P Zero tyres, Pirelli and Maserati activities in racing will continue as before in the international FIA-GT Championship, which starts on 7 May at Britain's Silverstone circuit. The MC12s are also the favourites in this series and showed they are the cars to beat at Dijon recently. They will be up against top opponents like Aston Martin and Saleen, which were extremely competitive at the French track, in a series that is, in substance, a world championship for Grand Touring cars. The synergy in motor sport between Pirelli and Maserati extends to customer activities, in that Pirelli also supplies its P Zero tyres to the Maserati racing driver schools, which were established in Italy and is also being defined in detail in the United States. The driving courses are also closely linked to a commercial factor and, precisely in that respect, it is opportune to note that the entire production of the Maserati Quattroporte, GranSport Coup and GranSport Spyder sports car ranges are fitted exclusively with Pirelli P Zero tyres as original equipment. The Milan manufacturer's ultra-high performance tyres have always been fitted to Maserati's highly successful road and racing cars. The two companies' names are at the top of the "made in Italy" technology and style league. The Modena-built cars are shod with Pirelli tyres, independent of the fact that they are masterpieces for every-day driving or racing, and are able to fight for any victory anywhere in the world.