Autocar Test Has Conti on Top - Tire Review Magazine

Autocar Test Has Conti on Top

Autocar magazine has performed its 2010 rear wheel drive tire test, and Continental has good reason to spread the word about the test’s outcome.

Continental Tyre Group UK reports that its ContiSportContact 3 has “proved its rear wheel drive capabilities” by taking top spot in the test, which was conducted using a Mercedes C280.

The magazine tested the 225/45R17 at Conti’s test range in Uvalde, Texas. They chose a range of competitors from the main premium brands representing the tires available in the U.K. market today. On the dry handling track, Autocar said “the clear winner was the Continental SportContact 3s. Not only did they provide the fastest lap time, but also the smallest variance in times…Contis had good grip and great traction exiting corners.”

In addition to dry handling tests, Autocar tested tires to the limit across a range of measured disciplines including wet braking, straight and curved aquaplaning and rolling resistance. They considered the tires’ purchase price.

Upon hearing of Conti’s win, product manager Scott Benbow, said, “we are so pleased with this result. ContiSportContact 3 has displayed its prowess in a number of disciplines. Of the two rear wheel drive tests conducted by U.K. magazines this year, this win means it has been a clean sweep for the ContiSportContact 3 which proves what a great performance tire it is.” (Tyres & Accessories)

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