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Making things run smoothly: Tire Research and Development

The wonder of the rite contact
The wonder of the rite contact

As a supplier of brake systems, components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental is a major contributor to greater driving safety and global climate protection.

Tire performance is rarely visible to the naked eye. However, try to imagine the entire force of a vehicle being transferred to the road through a contact patch about the size of four postcards. And those postcard patches are being asked to do more and more each day. Automobile manufacturers and consumers are continuously demanding better maximum performance, increased safety and an even greater level of perfection from each new generation of tires.

Our answer to this is the over 1000 people working in our technology centers in both Europe and the US with just one single important objective: making very good tires even better.

Our motto is very simple: you have to think the impossible in order to turn the possible into reality. Unfortunately, living up to this motto is not quite as simple.

To continuously redefine the performance parameters of a tire, you need a great deal of expertise in a wide range of different disciplines. In our high-tech laboratories, engineers, natural scientists and designers team up with acousticians and x-ray experts. Their common goals are clearly defined: to make the tires of tomorrow brake more safely, reduce aquaplaning, increased stability, greater comfort and higher efficiency.

Runflat Tires by Continental
Runflat Tires by Continental

These requirements can only be met by collaborating closely with researchers, developers and manufacturers. We never see tires as individual masterpieces - they are always part of a system that includes the powertrain, brakes and electronic controls. Success gives our researchers a sense of accomplishment - along with the motivation to achieve even more. Hundreds of brilliant product ideas have gone into mass production and now provide top performance for today's passenger cars, commercial vehicles and two-wheelers. Countless tests conducted around the world and the many top industry awards we regularly win provide proof that the tires we manufacture are on the right track.

These are qualities the industry values. And the proof is the millions of new vehicles delivered every year with Continental tires as standard equipment.