Two new Continental tyre types, specially developed for the off-road racing series Extreme E, have made their global debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The new tyres with summer and winter tyre technology were presented to the public along with the electric sports utility vehicle on which they are to tackle some of the most extreme locations across the globe. The electric SUV will be the driving force behind the new competitive racing series from 2021.
All Extreme E teams must use the same set of standardised equipment, created and assembled by motorsport manufacturer Spark Racing Technology, equipped with a battery manufactured by Williams Advanced Engineering and Continental tyres. The Odyssey 21 has 400kw (550hp) output and is capable of going from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds.
“The Extreme E-SUV ODYSSEY 21 is unlike anything else in motorsport,” said Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E. “The cutting-edge technology, and the tyre design that Continental has developed has resulted in a stunning car capable of the highest performance in the toughest and most varied environments on the planet. Whether it’s in the Arctic, Himalayas, Amazon, Sahara or on Indian Ocean Islands, this car will showcase the ability of E-SUVs, not only to motorsports enthusiasts, but also to consumers who are looking to make their own difference to the planet by choosing an electric SUV.”
Each Extreme E team will receive two sets of summer and winter tyres, optimised for every facet of performance and safety required by their electric SUVs.
“With our high-performance tyres for the Extreme E series we are providing the drivers with very high grip for acceleration, braking and precision handling on what will be very demanding tracks and trails,” says Tansu Isik, Head of Marketing EMEA at Continental. “The tyres will be perfectly adapted to the electric SUVs in this series, so as to ensure the best possible vehicle control and safety, even at the ragged edge.”