AllSeasonContact 2 Offers Improved Energy Efficiency
“For the AllSeasonContact 2, we have successfully developed the technologies of the multi-award-winning predecessor model further and launched an even better all-weather tyre on the market,” says Tobias Rahn, Product Manager Passenger All-Season Tires EMEA at Continental.
The key benefit of the new model: the usual challenges of all-season tyres in terms of winter and wet properties have been resolved. An innovative mix of tread design, rubber compound and construction ensure even better handling and shorter braking distances on both wet and dry roads. In addition, mileage has been increased by 15 per cent and rolling resistance has been significantly reduced – without compromising driving safety. This makes the AllSeasonContact 2 a resource-efficient and economical all-season solution for internal combustion engine and electric vehicles.
Energy efficiency is equally important for all kinds of drives. The aim of all vehicle types is to cover the longest possible distance using the energy they have available. The rolling resistance of the tyres has a major influence on this. To improve the energy efficiency of the AllSeasonContact 2, Continental has optimised the adaptive tread of its predecessor and developed the Smart Energy Casing. It uses a new material that leads to less friction inside the tyre and in the tyre carcass. Consequently, this reduces rolling resistance and increases energy efficiency.
The new C-blocks in the tread of the AllSeasonContact 2 reinforce each other, making the tyre stiffer. As a result, they provide better power transmission and increased wear resistance, which leads to more mileage. In addition, the stiff tread enables better handling and maximum driving pleasure on all surfaces.
For the AllSeasonContact 2, Continental has also used V-shaped blocks that end in open shoulder grooves. On wet road surfaces, the liquid is thus quickly removed from the tread, thereby making the tyre less susceptible to aquaplaning. In addition, the new tread structure has a positive effect on handling in curves in all weather conditions.
The rubber compound of the AllSeasonContact 2 is a combination of five compounds from Continental‘s most successful summer and winter tyres. Highly dampening softener technology in the tread ensure secure grip and precise steering response in cold, wintry road conditions. A new polymer composite offers better grip and short braking distances on dry and wet roads – even in warm summer weather. A newly developed flexible elastomer network also makes the tyre more robust by adapting to the road surface, contributing to the higher mileage. With this particularly balanced compound called Chili Blend, the AllSeasonContact 2 is equipped for almost any weather condition.
Tobias Rahn was involved in the development of the AllSeasonContact 2 as product manager for all-season and winter tyres.