Continental declared ‘Czech-mate’ in this year’s MOTOR Tyre Test stealing the crown as Australia’s best high performance tyre.
As revealed in MOTOR’s June issue on-sale tomorrow, the Czech Republic-made ContiSportContact 5P pipped seven other tyres after a gruelling regimen of wet and dry tests at Sydney Motorsport Park and Sydney Dragway.
V8 Supercar driver Warren Luff wrung each tyre’s neck in disciplines of dry braking, dry slalom, a dry figure eight course, wet motorkhana and wet braking.
Mercedes provided the hardware for this year’s test, an A45 AMG with 235/35R19 rubber, while JAX Tyres played pit crew as efficiently as ever.
Michelin fronted-up with its Pilot Sport Cup 2, standard fitment on cars like the 458 Speciale and 911 GT3, while Toyo had a tilt with its Proxes T1 Sport.
Bridgestone arrived with its RE050A, Dunlop the Direzza DZ102, Falken the Azenis FK453 and Goodyear the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2. Meanwhile Winrun went into bat in the budget stakes with its underdog R330.
The Michelin dominated the dry running but couldn’t hold off the storming Continental in the wet, the ContiSportContact 5P coming away with the outright win.