Your safety is our top priority. That is why Continental takes all possible safety and comfort aspects into account when developing its tires. All Continental innovations have to pass an intense testing regime before going into production. Each new tire has to complete hundreds of test kilometers on our main testing site, the Contidrom. A total of 143,000 tires are tested every year in different conditions. Last year, our test drivers amassed a mileage that would have seen them circling the globe 5000 times.
We subject our tires to more testing than any other brand. But that's not enough just yet: It is important to us that our tires also perform well in independent tests. And they do: tires from Continental are regularly rated top performers in impartial tests, and we have been voted the best tire brand of the year several times by the German motorists’ association ADAC and renowned magazines including AutoBild and AutoZeitung. This achievement makes us proud because it once again confirms: With Continental tires, you are safe on the road in all conditions.
When it comes to tire safety, no distance is too far for our engineers. They travel all over the world to ensure that each Continental tire – whether winter tire, summer tire, all-season tire, or those used in sport and off-road activities – is tested by our experts in a wide range of weather conditions and on all types of surfaces.
To deliver safe, optimized and reliable tires, Continental employs both established as well as new testing methods. Continental’s R&D expert Andreas Schlenke explains how testing – from virtual simulations to objective and subjective tests – is an integral part of every single phase in tire development.
From the outset, the test engineers at the Contidrom have defined standards that are applied in Continental’s tire testing activities around the world. Want to see for yourself where progress in tire development is being driven to this day? Take a virtual tour and discover the many precision testing options available at Continental’s benchmark tire testing facility just outside Hanover.
Continental tires keep winning tests all over the world. In 723 independent tests conducted since 2007, our products have received the highest rating 562 times - a stunning success rate of 78 percent. The awards that make us particularly proud include the award for the best tire in the past 50 years from Auto Motor Sport magazine, as well as the regular top ratings in the German Motorist Association’s major summer and winter tire tests. These test results are also an important reason for car manufacturers to trust us and fit every third car rolling off their assembly lines with Continental tires.