for the Winter Driving Challenge
When driving in freezing weather, a professional racing driver thinks about the same performance factors as the rest of us – precise control and safety. That’s why we’ve asked Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, a talented professional driver from Sweden, to put the new ContiFlexStudTM through its paces.
We’ve been working hard to develop a new type of stud that provides fantastic grip on ice, ultra-secure handling, and even shorter braking distances.
And we’re so confident in our revolutionary design, Mikaela and some very special friends are going to test the ContiFlexStudTM at the absolute limit in the most demanding of environments.
In total, four drivers from four nations are going to undertake a very special Winter Driving Challenge. Who’ll come out on top?
In Kuusamo in Northern Finland, 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle, motorsports legend Juha Kankkunen has established an extreme driving school. The temperatures in this remarkable setting are well below freezing – perfect conditions for pure driving pleasure.
On top of a frozen lake, Kankkunen and his team of experts guide students through a series of routes and challenges on 11 kilometers of exhilarating race tracks. And because the fleet of training cars come equipped with special studded winter tyres for maximum grip, they’re capable of driving very fast – but perfectly safe – over ice and snow.
Parallel parking is not the most exciting maneuver you can do in a car. But here’s an alternative approach that will test the grip of the ContiFlexStud™: Drivers must yank on the handbrake to initiate a 180-degree turn, and then smoothly glide the car into a tight position between two stationary objects. None of the tyres can be outside a specially marked box. Easy? Let’s see what our brave challengers make of it.
For the next challenge, our drivers are going to reach for the skies. The car must speed around a corner and accelerate up a small ramp, then leap into the air for a distance of around 20 metres. The more grip it has on the tyres – thanks to ContiFlexStud™ technology – the more momentum it will have going up that ramp. The driver who defies gravity to travel the furthest distance is the winner.
Demonstrating the power of precision through a combination of acceleration and braking, each driver must navigate a field of balloons along a stretch of track. But instead of avoiding the balloons, they have to use the tail of the car to burst them. The fastest driver wins – but there’s a penalty if they miss any balloons!