Clarkson thrashes Pagani Zonda R
An ear-splitting match-up between two of the loudest objects known to man
Posted: 08 Mar 2011
Pirellis give excellent bite for two or three hot laps and then, even though there is no visual clue on the tyre itself, they lose the will to live. Oh, they are legal and fine for another 15,000 miles on the road. But for crisp cornering and exploring the outer limits of your car's capabilities? No. They're useless.
The tyres Bentley uses are even more peculiar. They do not lose any grip at all, or show even the merest hint of wear until, after a couple of hours, they explode, sending sheets of steel-reinforced rubber into the brake pipes, the anti-lock system and the delicately honed bodywork. This is usually followed by several irate telephone calls from Bentley's head office.