The MOTOR Tyre Test, which took place at the Sydney Dragway, pitted premium tyre makers including Continental, Michelin, Pirelli, Goodyear, Dunlop, as well as more economic options from Maxxis, Hankook, Nexen and Kumho against each other.
Tyres were fitted to the same Ford Focus RS which was driven by experienced racing driver Warren Luff, who did the hard yards behind the wheel in a slalom test, a dry braking run, a gymkhana, a wet braking test and a wet lateral-G exam.
Throughout the testing process, Luff continuously praised Continental’s performance.
“Consistent from front to back, and lively with a bit of an edge,” said Luff, of the ContiSportContact 5P. “Great, wet weather performance too.”
Across the five MOTOR Tyre Test categories, the ContiSportContact 5P took out the gold prize in the dry braking and wet braking tests, stopping 60cm ahead of its nearest rival in the dry braking test – a distance which could be the difference between stopping in time or colliding into something that could otherwise have been avoided.
In addition to independent tests, continental also puts every one of its own innovations through an intensive testing process before it goes into production.
How does continental consistently develop award-winning tyres? “By putting 140,000 tyres through over 67,000 tests, covering more than 25 million test miles each year,” confirmed Stwart. “This way we ensure Continental can deliver only the most reliable and safest tyres to our customers.