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Here’s the deal: Continental’s ExtremeContact Sport

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Continental’s new ExtremeContact Sport. | © Continental Tire

Here’s the deal: Continental’s ExtremeContact Sport

Tested by championship-winning race car drivers, Continental’s newest ultra-high-performance offering, the ExtremeContact Sport, will be available in stores in February 2017. Continental says its next generation of the ExtremeContact DW is a dynamic UHP street tire “built for car enthusiasts and engineered for extreme grip in dry and wet conditions.”

Developed with award-winning race car drivers

To help develop the tire Continental took a new approach, calling on help from five of the top drivers in International Motor Sports Association’s (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Andy Lally, Joao Barbosa, Lawson Aschenbach, Ozz Negri and Ryan Dalziel.

“It was great to see the dedication and passion all the drivers had for this project,” said Continental Tire product manager of performance tires Bob Liu. “For the engineers to be able to ride with the drivers and experience what they were reporting was invaluable. The level of detail each driver gave was extraordinary, and we think the combined expertise of the driver’s knowledge and our technologies will give car enthusiasts the precision and grip they expect in a UHP tire.”

Continental Tire SportsCar Series champion and two-time World Challenge champion Lawson Aschenbach agreed, saying the ExtremeContact Sport was a tire for the consumer who was “looking for extreme, yet forgiving, performance. The ExtremeContact Sport will provide you everything you’re looking for to grip the road (and track) like a professional,” he said.

Continental said the drivers pushed the tires to the limit to help develop one that had “superb dry handling” while not sacrificing performance in the wet and had created a summer tire ideal for sports cars and luxury vehicles.

New technology for better handling

To provide the most robust UHP tire possible, Continental applied its SportPlus Technology for precise handling, security on wet and slippery roads, and improved tread life, as well as enhanced dry handling and steering response and comfort. The ExtremeContact Sport also includes Continental’s Tuned Performance Indicators, with D and W letters in the tread indicating the tire’s optimal performance levels in dry and wet conditions.

The ExtremeContact Sport comes in 71 sizes, including 17 new sizes, ranging from 15” – 20” wheel diameters with a W and Y speed rating. It is backed by Continental’s new warranty programs and service contracts, the Total Confidence Plan, which includes a 60-day customer satisfaction trial (or 2/32” of treadwear) and 12-month road hazard coverage (or first 2/32”) as well as a 72-month manufacturer’s limited warranty program. Also included is a 30,000 mile limited mileage warranty and three-year flat tire roadside assistance (or towing up to 150 miles).

For more information visit Continental’s website.

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