With a team of four drivers behind the wheel, Mazda and Pirelli have set a world record for the highest number of hairpin turns in 12 hours of driving. The companies set the record with a first-generation Mazda MX-5, outifitted in Pirelli tires, on its 30th anniversary.
The four drivers, Cyndie Allemann, Stefan Novitzki, Jan Spieß and Niki Schelle, set the record on a 16-mile stretch of Glacier Road in the Austrian Alps. The road features 29 hairpin turns and has an elevation change of almost 5,000 feet. After 12 hours, the team had completed 2,900 hairpin bends, surpassing the 1,500 turns required for the record.
The Mazda MX-5 was equipped with a set of P Zero Asimmetrico Pirelli 205/50ZR15 86W tires from the Pirelli Collezione range.
Prior to the record-attempt, Pirelli digitally recreated Glacier Road on a computer and created a digital test program for the tires.