Eco and winter performance no contradiction in latest ContiWinterContact
Visitors to the Geneva Motor Show will be amongst the first to see Continental’s latest winter tyre, the ContiWinterContact TS 850. The new range is scheduled to debut in Europe during the coming autumn, and according to Alexander Bahlmann, head of media and public relations for Continental’s Tires division, although the main focus when designing the TS 850 was on traditional winter tyre qualities such as braking and performance on snow, wet and ice surfaces, the new tyre also utilises rolling resistance reduction technology originally developed for the ContiEcoContact 5. Therefore, Continental was able to improve rolling resistance by eight to ten per cent in comparison with the ContiWinterContact TS 800.
“Technologies available today give us many more opportunities to improve in this area,” Bahlmann commented. “Minimising rolling resistance is no longer a contradiction to increasing wet braking. The ContiWinterContact TS 850 also shows significant progress in regards to handling and steering compared with the previous model.”
The ContiWinterContact TS 850 tread is a directional pattern and the German tyre maker says it contains a maximum number of block edges for biting into snow and ice. Bahlmann also shared that the tread is designed to continue giving grip required for safe driving in winter conditions for virtually the tyre’s entire service life.
This latest tyre to bear the ContiWinterContact name partially follows on from both the TS 800 and TS 830, and when first launched will be available in now fewer than 27 sizes for 15 to 16-inch rims and T and H speed ratings.