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New Continental WinterContact TS 850 P

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- Premium winter tire to arrive in fall for the upper mid-range and luxury segments as well as SUVs
- Asymmetric specialist for safety and driving enjoyment on snow-covered and dry roads
- New product designations for Continental car tires

The new Continental WinterContact TS 850 P will enter the sales rooms of specialist retailers in fall. With the new model, the developers of the leading winter tire manufacturer have yet again succeeded in significantly enhancing the performance characteristics of a product. This way, the Continental WinterContact TS 850 P betters the performance of its predecessor model in terms of handling on snow-covered and dry roads as well as braking. This is made possible by the new tread design of the asymmetrical winter tire for the upper mid-range and luxury segments and SUVs. Starting in the coming season, the Continental WinterContact TS 850 P will gradually replace its predecessors - the ContiWinterContact TS 830 P and the ContiCrossContact Winter - together with its "big brother" the Continental WinterContact TS 850 P SUV. However, both of these models will still be available in a wide range of sizes. The market leader for winter tires will offer the new product at the same price level as the predecessor models.

Handling on snow - 5% better

Safety and driving enjoyment on snow-covered roads is primarily influenced by the design of the winter tire's inner shoulder. Here, Continental's new winter tire benefits from higher angles and shorter spacing between the sipes in comparison with the predecessor model. In addition, the development engineers have incorporated a greater number of tread bars into the contact surface to significantly increase the number of gripping edges in transverse motion. The sipes in the center of the contact surface and on the inner side of the tire can pick up more snow and thereby create more friction - and thus grip. As a result, the new premium winter tire is 5% better in terms of handling properties on snow.

Handling on dry roads - 2% better

The tread stiffness of winter tires has a major impact on their dry handling performance. For asymmetrical tread patterns, tire developers therefore primarily concentrate on the outer shoulder of the tire if they are looking to make progress in this area. The sipes on the outer bars of the tire are therefore designed to support the stiffness of the tread bar. This allows steering commands to be implemented with greater precision when turning corners at speed. At the same time, the sipes and bars on the inside and in the center of the tread pattern likewise support one another to enable additional traction. The reduced sidewall, which aids the fast build-up of lateral forces, is yet another trick the engineers have employed.

Braking - up to 5% better

The central section of the contact area on asymmetrical tread patterns ensures traction when braking. In order to achieve particularly low deceleration values, the developers borrowed a design element from summer tires: the center of the tread pattern features an intermittent rib structure that prevents the tread bars from tilting to ensure that the high forces can be effectively transmitted when braking on dry and wet roads. The contact surface with the road is enlarged as a result of the flexibility of the bars when turning corners to ensure high traction reserves even when braking in this driving situation. Depending on the surface - wet or dry road - braking distances are reduced by up to 5%.

SUV versions - robust even on gravel roads

The Continental WinterContact TS 850 P SUV features a higher tread pattern percentage - that is, larger tread bars - to prevent stones from becoming lodged in the tire when driving on gravel roads. At the same time, the carcass is designed to easily bear the weight of heavy SUVs and effectively transmit the high forces when braking, cornering, and accelerating.

New product designations

With the Continental WinterContact TS 850 P, the Hanover-based employees are starting to implement a new product designation for winter and summer car tires. In the future, all new products will not feature the word "Conti" in their names. The renaming will take place as part of the global standardization of Continental product designations, which will begin with these two product lines and will be consistently implemented over the coming years. The new winter tires will therefore be called Continental WinterContact TS 850 P and Continental WinterContact TS 850 P SUV.

Product range for rims of between 16 and 20 inches in diameter

The product range to be put into production this summer is designed to provide a good selection for high-powered and sporty vehicles from the outset. Continental will offer the WinterContact TS 850 P for rims of between 16 and 20 inches in diameter as well as in widths of 205 to 275 millimeters. They are approved for speeds of up to a sporty 270 km/h.

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With sales of around €33.3 billion in 2013, Continental is among the leading tire manufacturers, automotive suppliers, and industrial partners worldwide. As a supplier of tires, technical elastomer products, brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions and vehicle electronics, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs more than 182,000 people in 49 countries. Tire division As one of the world's leading tire manufacturers with more than 44,000 employees, the Tire division achieved sales of €9.6 billion in 2013. Today, the division has 24 production and development locations worldwide. The broad product range and continuous investments in R&D make a major contribution to cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility. Passenger Car and Light Truck Tires Continental is one of Europe's leading passenger car and light truck tire manufacturers and is the world's fourth-largest passenger car and light truck tire manufacturer in the original equipment and replacement business sectors. The product development focus of the Continental premium brand is to optimize all safety-relevant characteristics, while simultaneously minimizing rolling resistance. Sponsorship Continental's Tire division is an official sponsor of the German DFB Cup, Major League Soccer in the U.S.A. and Canada, the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and UEFA EURO 2016TM in France.