Ft. Mill, S.C. – Christmas came early for Continental Tire as the Federation Internationale de I’Automobile (FIA) Land Speed Records Commission, has homologated both the 10 kilometers and 10 mile world speed records from a standing start.
Continental Tire, in conjunction with Michael Shank Racing, Ford, Roush Yates Engines and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) set out to break the records at Daytona International Speedway on October 9, 2013 in addition to clocking the single, fast-lap record on the oval with driver, Colin Braun, behind the wheel of the No. 14 Michael Shank Racing Ford EcoBoost-powered Daytona Prototype (DP) car on Continental’s ExtremeContactTM DR (Dry, Race) tires.
The new world speed record for 10 kilometers from a standing start is officially 110.188 seconds or 203.010 mph (326.714 kph). Additionally, the new 10 mile speed record from a standing start is officially 171.414 seconds or 210.017 mph (337.989 kph). Both records have been homologated by the FIA Land Speed Records Commission and break the former world records held by Hans Liebold for the last 34 years. Leibold drove a Mercedez-Benz Turbo to a 10-km speed of 199.101 mph and a 10-mile speed of 208.316 mph from a standing start in Nardo, Italy on May 5, 1979.
Continental Tire engineered a tire specifically for this project. While the foundation of the tire is based off the ExtremeContactTM Dry Race tire that the DP class raced throughout the 2013 Rolex Series season, some minor changes were made. The tire used for the record-setting run is lighter and has less rolling resistance than the standard race tire and is a harder compound than the tire used for a typical road course race. The tire is part of Continental’s ExtremeContactTM line of tires that includes the DW (Dry, Wet), DWS (Dry, Wet, Snow) and ExtremeWinterContactTM for passenger cars and light trucks.
“The Continental tires performed great,” said Braun immediately following the record-setting run. “We had good grip. Obviously it’s a balance between rolling resistance and giving up speed and the amount of grip we have. But the Continental engineers did a great job of bringing us a tire that was not only fast and had good rolling resistance, but also had good grip to go out there and go 220 + mph around Daytona. Hats off to those guys for a really good job.”
Braun also clocked a single, fast-lap time of 222.971 mph (40.364 seconds) to break Bill Elliott’s former record of 210.364 mph set back in 1987. The records set at Daytona were part of a record-setting year for Continental Tire. In May, Johan Schwartz shattered the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for the longest sustained drift on a set of ContiSportContactTM 5P’s in a BMW M5 Sedan and in June, it was a set of PureContactTM tires with EcoPlus technology that helped set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® achievement for the lowest fuel consumption- 48 U.S. states for a non-hybrid car, in a Volkswagen Passat.