Continental Tires and Brabus test sporty tyre launched for APAC market

Continental Tires and Brabus test sporty tyre launched for APAC marketLeveraging more than a decade of partnership, Germany’s Continental Tires and vehicle maker Brabus teamed up recently to test the limits of the newly-launched, made-for-APAC (Asia-Pacific) sporty tyre, MaxContact MC7, at Continental’s testing facility Contidrom.

Using the Brabus 750 Bodo Buschmann Edition 1 of 25 car, the test showcases the tyres’ prowess in maximum control and steering precision in handling the 900 Nm torque, with 275/35R21 tyres fitted in front and 315/30R21 tyres fitted at the rear, claims the tyre firm.

Brabus says its car can go from 0 to 100 km/hr in 3.3 seconds, and reach a maximum speed of 315 km/hr. The new Continental MaxContact MC7 is able to match this performance and speed, allowing for the car’s 900 Nm of lightning-fast torque to be unleashed while ensuring maximum traction and braking.

“We’re always excited about new collaborations within our longstanding partnership with Brabus, with whom we share a commitment to performance,” Dalibor Kalina, Continental Head of Business Area Replacement Tires APAC, said. “The new MaxContact MC7 is for the drivers who take the everyday driving experience to the max. But the product can go beyond that — fitting the tyres on a vehicle of this calibre is a significant testament to the abilities of the MC7 tyres,” he continued.

Sven Gramm, Director Marketing and Communications said, “The Brabus 750 Bodo Buschmann Edition 1 of 25 is a tribute to the legendary automotive refinement luminary and the founder of Brabus, Bodo Buschmann. Although we’ve paired numerous Continental tyres in the past decade, we are excited to have the very first Continental APAC-dedicated ones tested in this high-performance roadster which has a very special place in our heart.”

The tyre’s Cornering Macro-blocks and ReFlex Compound design help it achieve adaptability and firm grip to the road surface. By maximising the contact area with the road to create a wider footprint, it successfully distributes the force to other parts of the tyre for more refined handling and stability when drivers making sharper turns even at a higher speed.

Meanwhile, the 3D Laser-cut Sipes improves grip and braking in wet and rainy conditions, reducing the risk of aquaplaning by quickly expelling water that flows through the tyre grooves. Its silica technology within the ReFlex compound enhances the transfer of kinetic energy to heat when braking, leading to shorter braking distances on both dry and wet roads.

Some other recent collaborations between the companies include:

? In February 2024 Continental and Brabus made the announcement that the new Brabus Rocket 1000, the most powerful supercar in its line-up, would only be using the SportContact 7 tyres from Continental, specifically size 275/35 ZR 21 tyres at the front and 335/25 ZR 22 tyres at the rear. This would give the 1.000 horsepower/736 kW car a firm grip on the road and enable it to sprint from 0 to 100 km/hr in 2.6 seconds.

? At the Essen Motor Show 2023, Continental and Brabus presented the Brabus Rocket R 900, which Continental equipped exclusively with ultra-high- performance SportContact 7 tyres.