In 2016, Continental Tire will continue its long-running support of sports car racing through a multi-year deal with International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) as the Official Tire of IMSA. The Prototype, Prototype Challenge and GT Daytona classes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will run exclusively on Continental’s ExtremeContact™ DR (Dry Race) tire which has been specifically developed for the series. Continental Tire will also continue as the title sponsor and official tire of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
From the ExtremeContact™ line of tires, the durability and performance of Continental’s race tires have been second-to-none over the last six years and have given the world’s best drivers the grip and confidence they need to win races and championships. In October 2013, Continental tires gave driver Colin Braun the confidence he needed to go 222.971 mph around the famed Daytona International Speedway in the No. 14 Michael Shank Racing Ford EcoBoost Daytona Prototype car, breaking the record for the fastest lap around the 2.5-mile oval.
On the streets, the Continental ExtremeContact™ DW (Dry Wet) ultra-high performance tire is tuned for drivers seeking extreme grip in dry and wet conditions without sacrificing tread life and comfort. The ExtremeContact™ line of performance tires also includes the ExtremeContact™ DWS06 (Dry Wet Snow) and the WinterContact™ SI.
Based in Fort Mill, S.C., Continental Tire the Americas, LLC manufactures and distributes a complete premium line of passenger, light truck and commercial tires for original equipment and replacement markets. Our ultra-high, performance tires include award-winning technologies that focus on safety, help save money, and reduce CO2 emissions. Continental’s premium products are available at leading independent tire dealers, car dealers, and mass retail companies across North America. Continental Tire is a proud supporter of IMSA, Major League Soccer (MLS), West Coast Customs, World Racing, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, and Petty’s Garage.
Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2014, the corporation generated sales of approximately €34.5 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tire, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs more than 208,000 people in 53 countries.