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China National Tire & Rubber Company, a division of China National Chemical Corporation, is working to buy Italian tire maker Pirelli for $7.7 billion. Shareholders have accepted the offer, but it remains to be seen if the tender offer price of 15 euros per share will be enough.

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Lamborghini is celebrating its decades-long relationship with Pirelli with a new, two-tone special edition of the Aventador. While the mechanicals stay the same, they are available in choice of two looks to add some extra flair to the supercar's style.

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Detractors look at a modern Formula One car and wonder what relevance they could possibly have to the cars we drive. And they may have a point. Just look at the tires, for crying out loud: with sidewalls as tall as the wheels on which they're mounted, they look like they belong more on a cartoon car than a race car. But Pirelli is out to fix that.

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The 2014 Camaro Z/28 had a problem spinning its tires. Not doing traditional burnouts, mind, the rubber was actually rotating on the wheels. Well it did, until Chevrolet engineers noticed the vibration that it caused and fixed the flaw.

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In the words of Pirelli, "The Calendar is the icon of Pirelli's communication." "The Cal," as it's also referred, first came out in 1964 and featured artistic portraits of women, often wearing very little or no clothing. Over the years, the risque images have struck a chord in people around the globe, and many consider it the world's most famous calendar. (According to Autoweek, when a complete set of Pirelli calendars was put up for auction in 1975, the winning bid was more than that of an Andy

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Formula One is never without its controversies, and one of the major issues this year revolved around tires. Earlier in the season, Pirelli's rubber was prone to failure, but the Italian tire supplier worked with the individual teams to design new compounds and issue guidelines on how best to use them to avoid trouble.

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The British Formula One Grand Prix wasn't things that go "bump" in the night, it was things that go "Pop!" on the track. Pirelli came into the sport with a mandate to spice things up, but now – unintentionally – the spice could be overpowering the flavor of the food. The general tire chatter, the tire test, the tire tribunal, tire compounds and constructions and a new tire contract for 2014 were joined by tire blowouts, five of them over the weekend, four of them in the race.

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We've seen lots of camera angles from close to an Formula One driver's point of view, but we don't think we've ever seen the actual thing – a genuine driver's-eye view. Pirelli F1-tire test driver Lucas di Grassi has changed that, placing a camera on his helmet over one of his eyes while doing a hot lap in the wet around Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps circuit. So, yes, that means he drove with just one eye 'open.'

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That Michael Schumacher has been less than successful in his return from retirement is no great secret. The seven-time world champion – empirically demonstrable as the best driver in the history of motorsport – has yet to score a single podium finish in the past three seasons since returning to the grid. To his credit, the German driver has stuck it out in an effort to rediscover the pace that put him and Ferrari on top for so many years prior to his retirement. But surely he's due f

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Competition versions of the Ferrari 458 have already been prepared for the Ferrari Challenge, Grand Am, and the GT3 and GT2 classes at Le Mans and its various associated series around the world. Now you can add one more to the roster: the FIA GT1 World Championship.

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When the music stops, there are always a few Formula One drivers left without seats. That's not because the field is getting smaller, it's because there are always more drivers looking for rides than there are rides to go around. And that's certainly the case this season. With only one race seat still yet to be confirmed at the perennial backmarker Hispania Racing Team (HRT), several drivers were dumped by the teams they drove for last season.

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Pirelli teamed up with tattoo artist Scott Campbell for a special project at the tire manufacturer's newest flagship store in Milan, Italy. Campbell turned his skill with a needle and ink to tire sculpting. Using a gouge, the artist inscribed images of an eye, a heart and a skull into the tread of a Diablo Rosso II tire that was then fitted to a special-edition Ducati Diavel on display at the Corso Venezia store. Those same designs were also featured on a unique Dianese riding jacket alongside a

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We're used to hearing the word "Pirelli" outside the world of tires, but those mentions usually refer to 12 pages of nubile beauties wearing nail polish and a little bit of pasta. The Italian tire company plans to blow all that up with the opening of its Pirelli corso Venezia lifestyle boutique in Milan.

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Ken Block was prepared to suit up for some seat time in Pirelli's Toyota TF109 Formula One test car. Problem is, the car wasn't prepared to suit Block. The man is too large for the seat, which typically holds diminutive F1 pilots. No, he's not too fat, Block is just too tall to fit inside the car.

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Pirelli Motorcycle Tire Ads – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 Pirelli Calendar by Karl Lagerfeld – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ever wish you could stop time? Well we've got news for you, pal – you can't. But you can, however, put the brakes on your timepiece.

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Pirelli may be used to sticking to its territory, but the latest development has the Italian rubber company voluntarily ceding ground to its rivals. After having secured the exclusive contract to provide tires to Formula One, Pirelli has announced that it's withdrawing from the World Rally Championship.

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