The macro-block design used in the ContiSportContact 5 P has been taken a stage further with the addition of wide circumferential grooves in the centre of the tread and bi-directional drainage grooves on the inside.
Continental’s tried-and-tested macro-block design with sturdy lateral shoulder blocks delivers great power transmission, while the transverse grooves ensure that the tire hugs the road surface. The result is outstandingly precise steering and maximum adhesion under potential breakaway conditions.
Continental’s patented “Black Chilli” compound with special high-grip resins ensures maximum intermeshing between the tire and the road surface at the micro-level. The result is superb adhesion in dry conditions and consistently fast lap times.
Secure grip in wet conditions is crucial for safe driving. Performance is graded into classes, A to G (although D and G are not currently used). The stopping distance between a class A tire and a class F tire can be as much as 18 metres.
Reduced rolling resistance saves fuel and cuts CO2 emissions. Class A tires deliver the best fuel efficiency, with each subsequent class through to G increasing fuel consumption by between 0.42 and 0.56 mpg for a car which does 36 mpg.
This is the external noise made by the tire and is measured in decibels. The more filled bars shown on the label, the louder the tires.