CONTINENTAL ContiSportContact 5
IT’S ACTUALLY pretty hard to articulate just how much work goes into making sure that the results for this test are as good as we can physically make them. Unless someone out there has access to a very large, climate-controlled shed that’s equipped to run a level-five autonomous car at top speed, it’s worth reminding that this is a real world test – and we control or at least factor-in the variables as tightly as we can – but that means there will always be minute vagaries in testing procedures.
However, this year’s testing – the result of finetuning the methodology behind the event, as well as the consistency of the team who have been together for some time now – really is as objective as it can be.
And there is little doubt about the winner. The Continental ContiSportContact 5 nailed three silvers and two golds to claim 2017 Tyre Test honours.
“Consistent front to back, and lively with a bit of an edge,” Wazza said of the Continentals. “Great wetweather performance, too.”
Interestingly, the Michelin Super Sport and Pirelli P Zero were separated by a single point. Even with the distinct difference in scores between the dry and wet test set, the two tyres finished with a small difference. The Pirelli couldn’t quite match the Michelin’s performance in the dry tests, but a low score in the wet tests from the French tyre meant it couldn’t capitilise on its dry-weather prowess.
Kumho climbed to the top of the Asian-sourced heap in fourth over the Hankook, while the defending champ Dunlop fell to sixth. The Goodyear Eagle finished seventh, the Maxxis and Nexen equal eighth.
Ultimately, the king is dead. Long live the new king: the ContiSportContact 5.