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NEW PIRELLI SOTTOZERO ICE J1B DELIVERS ULTIMATE GRIP IN SWEDEN’S FROZEN NORTH

Pirelli will introduce the latest version of its Sottozero Ice studded tyre on round two of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally Sweden. The Sottozero Ice J1B has been designed to handle the increased demands of the new generation hybrid-powered Rally1 cars, which made an exciting debut on Rallye Monte-Carlo last month.


Enter the next generation

The Junior WRC season also begins in Sweden with the first of five rounds. For the first time the series will be run using four-wheel drive Rally3 cars, as opposed to the two-wheel drive Rally4 cars used before, with the aim of providing an affordable step further up the rallying pyramid for young drivers. Eight drivers will compete in Sweden in identical Ford Fiesta Rally3 cars run by M-Sport Poland and fitted with Pirelli tyres: Sami Pajari, Lauri Joona, Jon Armstrong, Robert Virves, William Creighton, Jean-Baptiste Franceschi, McRae Kimathi and Roustemis Panagiotis.


Why tyres matter in Sweden

Rally Sweden is the only pure winter round of the season run on ice and snow, with temperatures between minus five and minus 10 degrees centigrade in the week leading up to the rally. This means that there will be full ice on the stages but in some places there could also be patches of gravel. The specific tyres for Sweden are crucial in winter conditions, thanks to the special studded design that bite into the slippery surface to provide drivers with remarkable levels of grip.


The Pirelli tyres in Sweden

Sottozero Ice J1B: The regulations allow the use of a single type of studded tyre in each class on Rally Sweden. The Sottozero Ice J1B will be used by Rally1 cars and Rally2 cars and is an evolution of last year’s J1A tyre. It features a total of 384 tungsten-tipped studs, each one protruding seven millimetres out from the tread blocks. The rest of the stud is locked into place using Pirelli’s patented vulcanisation process rather than being inserted afterwards.


Sottozero Ice WJA: The less-powerful Rally3 cars in Junior WRC will use the Sottozero Ice WJA tyre, featuring many of the same characteristics of the J1B, including seven-millimetre studs and Pirelli’s unique vulcanisation technology.


Pirelli quote

Terenzio Testoni, rally activity manager: "The increased power and weight of the new Rally1 cars has required us to optimise our entire range of WRC tyres and on Rally Sweden we will see the debut for our new Sottozero Ice tyre, the J1B. Like its predecessors, this tyre will provide the drivers with an incredible amount of grip. The new location for the rally should ensure a more consistent ice base for the studs to bite into, although our special vulcanisation process has always helped to keep the studs in place even when temperatures are milder and more gravel is exposed. That might be the case this year, testing the stud retention capabilities, but we will have to see when we get there. We are also excited for the Junior WRC season to begin in Sweden with four-wheel drive cars for the first time. It’s a great step to help young drivers reach the top in rallying, which is something that Pirelli has a proud record of supporting, also thanks to programmes such as FIA Rally Star. We are delighted to take the next step here in Sweden."


Pirelli in numbers

Pirelli will bring around 1400 tyres to Sweden, of which 1200 will be Sottozero Ice J1B