BIG SKY, Mont.—Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C. is enhancing its winter tire offerings with the launch of the Continental WinterContact/SI and the General Grabber Arctic LT, the company's first light truck winter tire.
Conti showcased the two new products—and provided a sneak peek at the winter performance of the soon-to-be introduced successor to its ultra-high-performance Continental ExtremeContact DWS—during a ride-and-drive event at Yellowstone Airport in West Yellowstone, Mont.
Tire dealers and distributors from the U.S. and Canada tested the tires on a series of driving courses on the airport's snow-covered runways, including braking, acceleration and lateral handling.
Located at an elevation of 6,664 feet above sea level, Yellowstone Airport is closed in the winter and is managed by the Nevada Automotive Test Center for use by car and tire companies for testing and driving events such as Continental's Winter Tire Blast.
The WinterContact/SI is targeted for use on passenger cars, minivans and CUVs, Conti said, and features the tire maker's patented silane-based PolarPlus+ Technology to provide enhanced grip in snow, ice and wet driving conditions.
PolarPlus+ Technology allows the tread compound to stay pliable in cold temperatures offering a significant improvement over all-season tires in areas where the temperature falls below 45°F consistently, Conti said. This is achieved in part through the use of +Silane additives, as well as traction grooves that provide biting edges for improved traction.