Wayne Cook
December 1, 2009
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Continental Conti Sport Contact 3
Continental developed the Conti Sport Contact 3 for manufacturers and drivers of performance oriented cars. Consequently, the main characteristics of this high-tech tire are short braking distances, excellent handling, and increased safety on wet roads. For powerful, rear-wheel-drive sports cars, and for customizing requirements, the Continental portfolio includes an additional tread pattern option for each. The Conti Sport Contact 3 tire features an asymmetric design with solid tread blocks and a continuous rib on the outboard shoulder to improve responsiveness and cornering stability. Continuous intermediate ribs provide constant rubber-to-road contact to reduce noise and control the longitudinal forces experienced when braking. The circumferential tread grooves help disperse water to resist hydroplaning and their asymmetrically angled walls further stabilize the tread ribs, increasing steering precision and reducing deformation while cornering. The tire's design includes twin steel belts reinforced by nylon to stabilize the tread area and enhance handling as well as high-speed capability. The Conti Sport Contact 3 is available in a wide range of sizes and has OE approvals from well-known sports car manufacturers.

Fitment Example
P235/45R17
Service Description: 94W
Price: $171
(704) 588-5895
www.continentaltires.com

Dunlop SP Sport
Dunlop's SP Sport 01 and SP Sport 01A tires are ultra-high-performance summer tires for sports cars, coupes, and sedans. Dunlop's SP Sport 01 tires were designed to be multi-talented tires and were initially developed for Original Equipment use by leading automotive manufacturers to complement the latest in vehicle design and construction. SP Sport 01 and SP Sport 01A tires are not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow, or on ice.

On the outside, the Dunlop SP Sport 01 features a 100 percent Silica tread compound that increases dry and wet grip while reducing rolling resistance and increasing tread wear. The tread compound is molded into an asymmetric Tri-Area-Tread design that is divided into three tread segments to unite the aspects of smooth running, sportiness, and safety.

On the inside, the SP Sport 01 features twin steel belts reinforced by Dunlop's spiral-wrapped nylon to provide high-speed durability while minimizing weight. The tires feature a rayon cord-reinforced casing to enhance ride quality and an Aramid-reinforced bead to ensure tight and secure fit of the tire on the rim. Dunlop SP Sport 01 tires feature an attractive graphic sidewall design of smooth black letters reversed out of a serrated band and include a rim protector rib on all sizes to help protect wheels.

Fitment Example
P235/45R17
Service description: 94W
Price: $179
(800) 321-2136
www.dunloptires.com

Cooper Zeon 2XS
The Cooper Zeon 2XS is a premium ultra-high-performance summer tire. The perfect choice for your high performance Ford automobile the V-, W-, and Y-speed-rated 2XS is designed to provide excellent cornering ability and steering response along with optimum wet and dry traction and high-speed capability.

The central rib provides quick and crisp steering response and the slightly rounded tread profile provides a good balance between wet traction and long tread life. The shoulder tread block is composed of two harmonically balanced segments. The stagger designed into the tread element reduces noise and provides a quiet ride. The tire is designed with deep tread at the center and slightly shallower tread at the shoulder putting more rubber in the fastest wearing part of the tire. As a summer tire, the Cooper Zeon 2XS is not intended to be driven in snow or ice.

Fitment Example
P245/45R17 Service Description: 95W
Price: $117
(207) 230-0011
www.coopertire.com

Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season
The Eagle F1 All Season tire features carbon-fiber technology and is Goodyear's ultra-high-performance all-season tire. It's designed to give sports car and performance sedan drivers piece of mind in virtually any weather condition. It offers crisp responsiveness and confident handling with year-round traction, including in light snow. Eagle F1 All Season radials have a directional tread design featuring performance zones that include a continuous center rib with large inboard and outboard shoulder blocks for dry road traction and steering precision, along with dual intermediate all-season zones featuring channels to direct rain, slush, and snow away from between the tread and the road to resist hydroplaning and enhance traction.

Goodyear "tredlock" technology offers interlocking micro grooves to provide the biting edges needed for acceleration and braking in foul weather. The tire's internal structure includes twin steel belts reinforced by spirally wound DuPont Kevlar on top of a two-ply polyester cord body, featuring carbon-fiber-reinforced inboard and outboard sidewalls to help keep the shoulders firmly planted on the road for crisp responsiveness and maneuverability.

The Eagle F1 all-season radials feature Goodyear's Perma Black compound additive that maintains new-tire appearance throughout the life of the tire. The tires feature subtle, smooth letters reversed out of a stylized serrated sidewall band and a protective "rim recess" on their lower sidewalls to help protect the wheels from curb damage.

Fitment Example
P245/45R17
Service Description: 95Y
Price: $149
(800) 321-2136
www.goodyeartires.com