ERJ staff report (DS)
Portimao, Portugal -- Continental has combined the presentation of its two new summer tyres with an elaborate technique of measurement. The the ContiEcoContact 5 and ContiSportContact 5 were introduced to press at the â€œAutodromo Internacional Algarveâ€ race track near Portimao in Portugal.
For the EcoContact, fuel consumption, braking distance and lap times were recorded by a series of press-representative drivers, transmitted telemetrically and then later combined to form a group assessment. This enabled comparisons to be made between the fuel-saving ContiEcoContact 5 and the previous model and a test tyre which had been specially optimised for low rolling resistance.
Fitted with this tyre, the test car used around four percent less fuel than with the previous model and braked quickly and safely even on wet asphalt.
The test result for the new ContiSportContact 5 was just as conclusive, proving that the tyre can negotiate bends safely even on dry tracks.
The two new summer tyre models from Continental are available to buy now and a wide range of additional sizes are currently in progress. The range of sizes for the fuel-saving model starts at 14 inches, the sports tyre fits rims of between 17 and 18 inches. A special range of sizes is available for SUV tyres ranging from 18 to 20 inche
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Press release from Conti