Continental’s new, weather-independent AIBA (Automated Indoor Braking Analyzer) tyre testing facility collected the V.D.I award in the category “Development Tool of the Year”.
Once the current industrialization phase is complete, the new 300m (l) by 30m (w) ‘Contidrom’ testing facility, which is located near Continental’s Hanover Headquarters, will be able to test the braking characteristics of up to 100,000 tyres a year on dry, wet, and icy road surfaces all year round. The AIBA kicked off last autumn with its initial phase for the development of summer and winter (cars, vans & 4×4) tyres.
In the facility, a driverless test vehicle is accelerated to up to 120 km/h fully automatically and then braked on various standardized road surfaces that can be easily exchanged by means of hydraulics. Previously, results already distorted by the test driver’s reaction time and braking force used to also deviate somewhat based on the air and road temperatures. The new facility has now substantially reduced this variation.
A Polish trade motor magazine recently selected the ContiPremiumContact (CPC) 5 as the test winner from a total of eight tyre brands. The allocated tyre size of 195/65 R16 V on a Chevrolet Cruze was put to the test. The summer tyres developed in Hanover beat the competition convincingly, with these major highlights; safety-related features, built quality and cost. In addition, the CPC 5 won praises for its wet weather properties, its characteristics on dry roads and low rolling resistance.
The CPC 5 has been in the market since last spring, but has yet to make its debut in this country. The tyre’s unique points included short braking distances on wet and dry roads, low rolling resistance, and particularly suited for compact to mid-range vehicles; and it’s endorsed as an OE tyre by several mid-level to premium auto marques.