Fastest standard road tire-world record set by Continental
[July 3] Hannover, Germany--Continental has been officially recognized
as the maker of the world’s fastest standard production road tire
and has been entered into the Guinness Book of Records with a top
speed of rating of 242mph (388km/h).
The result was achieved using a 9ff modified Porsche
owned by German Jan Fatthauer, who runs his own Porsche customizing
company and the owner of the record breaking Porsche.
The car also holds the record for the world’s
fastest street-legal car.
Jan Fatthauer also set the record for the
world’s fastest convertible, again in a tuned Porsche fitted with
ContiSportContact Vmax tires.
The record was made back in October 2006, when
he reached a speed of 237.8mph (380.5km/h).
The particular tire is the ContiSportContact Vmax that
was designed specifically to withstand the stresses of high speed
driving, braking, accelerating and cornering.
The major priority during its development was
efficient tire cooling, whilst maintaining excellent handling and
good grip in the wet.
Of course, everyone knows that the Bugatti
Veyron can reach 253mph but it’s not yet an official record according
to the rules set out for such attempts.
Porsche may even dethrone the Veyron in the unofficial
stakes too, because 9ff is developing a new GT9 supercar that its
makers claim capable of reaching 254mph (409km/h), 2km/h better
than the Bugatti.