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New EcoContact® 6 from Continental arrives in Australia

New compound in Eco car tyre delivers 20 percent higher mileage and 15 percent lower rolling resistance

Precision handling, high grip and short braking distances

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Melbourne, February 2020. Continental has launched a high-tech eco tyre that delivers substantial improvements in terms of rolling resistance, mileage, steering precision and braking distances. Compared to the predecessor model, theEcoContact® 6 offers 20 percent higher mileage, 15 percent lower rolling resistance, even more precise handling and shorter braking distances on wet and dry roads. In Australia, Continental has original equipment (OE) fitment on popular manufacturers such as Volkswagen and BMW. The new tyre is a product designed to meet stringent requirements in terms of safety, precision handling, high mileage and low fuel consumption.

To enable what is a very large development step for the tyre industry, the engineers at Continental studied every component of this tyre, looking for possible optimizations. They redesigned the silica compound for an even more balanced distribution of the chemical components, resulting in even stronger bonding of the polymers in the compound and lower deformation of the tyre while driving. This has led to a significant overall reduction in rolling resistance, which in turn cuts fuel consumption. They also introduced innovative additives to the compound to help the contact patch adapt even better to the road surface. This enables more effective transmission of braking forces and the good tyre/road contact means less wheelspin and more mileage. The by-product of these two innovations in the compound goes by the name of GreenChili 2.0.

Through extensive R&D the EcoContact® 6 also boasts a tailor-made tread pattern, resulting in the best compromise between dry and wet performance. It further increases the safety in handling situations such as lane changes. Due to the tyres innovative asymmetric rib and sipe geometry, the tyre always keeps the optimum contact with the road.