The Auto Unions Are Like A Weird Version Of Downton Abbey

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that’s actually important — all in one place every weekday morning. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn’t your time more important? » 3/23/15 10:00am 3/23/15 10:00am

Lamborghini Launches Aventador Pirelli Edition To Celebrate Tire Smoke

Pirelli has been Lamborghini's sole tire supplier since its establishment in 1963, so it was about time they got their special edition as well. The resulting two-tone Aventador Pirelli will be available both as a roadster and as a coupe. » 12/19/14 12:10pm 12/19/14 12:10pm

Those New 18-Inch Wheels For F1 Cars Actually Look Sweet In Motion

At first, I was a bit skeptical of Pirelli's plans to test new 18-inch wheels on a Lotus F1 car. Sure, 18 inches of wheel isn't exactly nuts on a production car, but I'd grown up with the piddly little 13-inchers surrounded by fat donuts of tires. But after seeing them pounding around the track, they look fantastic. » 7/10/14 9:44am 7/10/14 9:44am

These 18-Inch Wheels Look Wild On The Lotus F1 Car

Well, it's happened. F1 is testing their new tire design, which features relatively normal 18-inch wheels with smaller tires, as opposed to the ridiculously large tires on tiny 13-inch wheels. It's breaking my brain. » 7/09/14 8:12am 7/09/14 8:12am

Bernie Ecclestone Not Worried About F1 Boycott Due To Awful Tires

Sunday's British Grand Prix saw more than its share of issues for Pirelli, with six drivers suffering tire failures. That has started rumblings that drivers could boycott racing until the tire issues are totally resolved. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says that won't happen. » 7/02/13 1:19pm 7/02/13 1:19pm

Someone Or Something Hates This Poor Ferrari

This morning I spotted a suspiciously low Ferrari 612 parked across the street from Jalopnik's top secret Manhattan lair. Since it's not a normal sight, I took a closer look and was horrified by what I saw. The poor car had a giant hole in the sidewall of the right front tire. » 8/03/12 1:30pm 8/03/12 1:30pm

The secret of Sebastian Vettel, explained

Just how is it that a single driver with less than five years in Formula One was able to dominate the field in such a devastating way in 2011, a field which includes drivers like Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso? It’s his brains. » 12/02/11 2:00pm 12/02/11 2:00pm

Why last year's best F1 pass may be the future

An accidental prelude to the most important change in Formula One for 2011 resulted in the most exquisite pass in the 2010 season. Before Grand Prix racing kicks off for another year this Sunday, come and savor the dismantling of Fernando Alonso by Jenson Button at the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix. » 3/24/11 12:00pm 3/24/11 12:00pm

2011 Pirelli Calendar: Karl Lagerfeld's Naked Gods, Goddesses Sell Tires

The 2011 Pirelli Calendar, diverging from last year's Terry Richardson soft-core, features designer/photographer Karl Lagerfeld's take on Greek mythology, with Julianne Moore as a goddess. It's still full of naked women (and men!) selling tires, but classier naked women. (NSFW) » 12/02/10 10:00am 12/02/10 10:00am

This is Pirelli's New F1 Rubber

The 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix marked not only the end of a mesmerizing Formula One season but also Bridgestone’s participation in the sport as a tire supplier. From 2011 on it’s all Pirelli all the time. » 11/22/10 1:00pm 11/22/10 1:00pm

The NSFW, Not-So-Tire-Related Making Of The 2010 Pirelli Calendar

What has less to do with selling tires than the 2010 Pirelli Calendar? The making of the 2010 Pirelli Calendar video. Hot sloth-on-sloth action below. NSFW. » 1/29/10 12:30pm 1/29/10 12:30pm

2010 Pirelli Calendar: Seriously, What Does This Have To Do With Tires?…

We have Terry Richardson to thank for the not-so-subtly pornographic pictures of just-of-age girls in the 2010 Pirelli Calendar. We have no idea what this has to do with selling tires, but here's the whole thing, uncensored. Super NSFW! » 1/28/10 4:00pm 1/28/10 4:00pm

2009 Pirelli Calendar: Elephants And A Whole Load Of NSFW

It's that time of year again, when Pirelli sends aspiring Playboy » 11/25/08 12:00pm 11/25/08 12:00pm photographers out on calendar assignment, letting them dream up ridiculous ways to photograph nude or nearly nude models in exotic locations. What this has to do with the business of selling tires we have no idea. Whatever, nekkid ladies! Hit the jump…

She's How Old? Pirelli Calendar Shots Revealed

Of course you knew Sophia Loren's spread in the 2007 Pirelli calendar wasn't going to be something out of — that was just tire-company teasing. As would be expected, Sophia's shots are tasteful (read: above the neck) and fashion-y, as are those from Hiliary Swank, Naomi Watts, Penelope Cruz and model… » 11/21/06 12:44pm 11/21/06 12:44pm

Sexy and 71: Sofia Loren to Be Featured in 2007 Pirelli Calendar

"Don't you wish life was like a parking meter..." With those lechers at Pirelli having announced this week that septegenarian actress (yes, it's true) will appear in the Sears catalog of nipples, the Pirelli Calendar, gasps were heard 'round the world, as plastic surgeons' phones rang off the hook. Of course, it… » 7/07/06 8:50am 7/07/06 8:50am

Get Facion! Pirelli Parties at the Guggenheim

The girl who stole away our boyhood innocence was an aspiring actress with a penchant for the goth scene. She and her friends had a wry obsession with the French, and whenever anything was ridiculously fabulous, they'd say, "That's facion!" Which, of course, is totally made-up. But this bit from ForbesAutos about… » 5/01/06 3:55pm 5/01/06 3:55pm

Devil May Care: Pirellifilm Releases "The Call"

Pirelli released its first cinematic entry on, "The Call," which portrays the epic battle between an exorcist (John Malkovich) and a devilish TVR Segaris that may or may not be driven by TopGear's "The Stig." Model Naomi Campbell co-stars as the Dark Angel, who appears in a slinky ensemble, designed… » 3/27/06 6:26am 3/27/06 6:26am

Pirelli Calendars on eBay

This year's nipple-studded Pirelli calendar, being printed in a limited run of 35,000, is a prime candidate for auctioning by the lucky few who've gotten their hands on one (we hear it's mostly staff, who get one each). There are already a bunch listed on eBay, bid to or buy-it-now priced from 100 to 300 tin… » 12/06/05 7:08am 12/06/05 7:08am

Wired and Tire'd: Pirelli Produces Online Film

Pirelli tires is picking up where BMW Films recently left off. The company has a new division, Pirelli Films, and has produced an online thriller reportedly starring Naomi Campbell and John Malkovitch — the most unlikely dramatic duo since Gilbert Gottfried and Helena Christensen performed "Taming of the Shrew" (in… » 11/30/05 8:32am 11/30/05 8:32am