The brand new Continental SportContact 6 (CSC6) tyre has been officially introduced. Conti’s sixth iteration of its ultra high performance (UHP) rubber line-up is said to have been tested thoroughly, and it has now been announced that the 2015 Honda Civic Type R’s record-breaking run on the Nordschleife was done with this new tyre.

According to Continental, the ‘Black Chill’ tread compound is the magic component in the new CSC6. It has been designed to “mesh with the roughness of the road,” as “temporary atomic connections between the tyre compound and the road surface ensure high adhesion, acting like small suction pads at nanoscopic level.”

The tyre designers also used force vectoring technology for optimal force transfer, by deploying different tread elements on the inside, outside and centre of the tyre. Depending on the size of the tyre, the central ribs and the inner shoulder ensure maximum crosswise transfer of force, while the rib flanks are designed to be asymmetrical as the outside of the tyre is subjected to greater cornering forces.

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It’s approved for speeds of up to 350 km/h. Utilising the ‘Aralon 350’ material, it has a synthetic fibre in which two yarns made from strong aramid are closely interwoven with a yarn of flexible nylon. This material acts like a steel belt and offers controlled and safe tyre contour behaviour at high speeds.

The CSC6’s initial launch range consists of 41 sizes, produced for wheels between 19 and 23 inches. Well, we’ll be keeping a lookout for these tyres when they reach our shores.