New Speed Record for Continental Sports Tyres


Record speed in Papenburg in cooperation between Continental, AutoBild sportscars and six tuning partners.

Tyres with New SportContact 7

During the record drives at the “Papenburg 3000” high speed event, Klasen Lamborghini Huracán Performance achieved an end speed of 384.12 km/h during a 3,000-metre sprint (AutoBild Sportscars). The 865 kW (1180 hp) super-strong sports car was equipped with high-tech tyres from Continental’s new SportContact 7 model. The dimensions fitted were 245/30 R 20 on the front axle and 305/30 R 20 on the rear axle. The record-breaking drive was part of a collaboration between the tyre manufacturer and the AutoBild Sportscars editorial team on a test track in PapenburgLower Saxony.

The other tuners at the “Papenburg 3000” also achieved their ambitious targets. The BMW M4 Competition, brought up to 434 kW (590 hp) by AC Schnitzer, achieved 304.16 km/h and the 662-kW (900-hp) Brabus 900 Rocket Edition sprinted to 324.71 km/h. The 669-kW (910-hp) and 577-kW (785-hp) Porsche 911 Turbo S cars from MTM and Techart were also fast – achieving 344.95 km/h and 350.84 km/h respectively. Another Porsche, the 587-kW (800-hp) 9ff 911 Turbo, was recorded at 353.27 km/h at the end of the 3,000 metres. 

Continental and AutoBild Sportscars traditionally invite different tuners to attempt to break records every two years. The test tracks are in places, like for example Papenburg or Nardo in Southern Italy, where the maximum top speeds can be driven under controlled conditions. For the past 30 years, Continental have had their own tuning department, working in collaboration with the vehicle tuners.

About the author

Richard Wilson is a correspondent for The Tyreman. Since 2015, Richard has worked as a correspondent for all of the titles across the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group namely: Retreading Business, Tyre & Rubber Recycling, Commercial Tyre Business and Truck and Bus News. Richard has worked on/off from the age of 16 for the company and whilst gaining a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Business Studies at Coventry University, he developed his writing skills at the University paper and more recently writing his own independent blog.


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