Two new Continental tyre types, specially developed for the off-road racing series Extreme E, made their global debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Designed for the world’s toughest driving conditions, the new tyres with summer and winter tyre technology were presented to the public along with the unique electric sports utility vehicle on which they are to tackle some of the most extreme locations across the globe. Attendees, at this highlight on the motorsport calendar, were given an exclusive live glimpse of the electric SUV which will be the driving force behind the new competitive racing series from 2021.
“The Extreme E-SUV Odyssey 21 is unlike anything else in motorsport. 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,” says Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E.
“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.”
Tansi Isik, Head of Marketing EMEA at Continental, Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, professional racing driver for Extreme E, and Alejandra Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E.
Located in the parkland around Goodwood House in West Sussex, England, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is a celebration of motorsport and car culture. This is where fans can see powerful cars and bikes as they take on the Hillclimb track and can enjoy access to vehicles ranging from classic to cutting-edge. With an eye on the glories of the past, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the perfect location to unveil the promising future of motorsport with Extreme E. 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.
Prototype testing of the electric SUV has now begun in earnest, with substantial tyre technology contributions from Founding Partner Continental. Each Extreme E team will receive two sets of summer and winter tyres, optimised for every conceivable facet of performance and safety required by their electric SUVs.