Continental ContiForceContact review
What is it?
The Continental ContiForceContact (aka the Continental ForceContact) is a "streetable track and competition" tire engineered for track use, as well as limited street use to and from the track.
The ContiForceContact aims to split the difference between track & autocross only tires, and the ostensibly less track capable extreme performance summer tires.
Strengths and weaknesses?
The ContiForceContact is very communicative, giving consistently accurate feedback through the wheel.
Like many other Continental performance tires (see Continental ExtremeContact DW), the ContiForceContact shines in the wet. Wet traction, cornering, braking performance, and hydroplaning resistance are excellent.
Outright dry grip may be lacking as compared to some contemporaries.
Some users report limited treadlife within the intended street + track application, but that is to be expected given the performance capabilities.
How does the ContiForceContact compare?
In comparison testing, the ContiForceContact compared favorably against the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup and Toyo Proxes R888, and was arguably the most well-rounded tire of the group.
The ContiForceContact failed to distinguish itself when it came to maximum dry performance and grip, but still its dry lap time and braking numbers were essentially on pace with the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup and Toyo Proxes R888.
Where the ContiForceContact sets itself apart is in the wet. The three competitors were separated by only about 1.5 seconds on the dry lap, but in the wet the ContiForceContact beat out the second place Michelin Pilot Sport Cup by over 4 seconds.
The story was consistent when it came to wet braking performance where the ContiForceContact stopped a remarkable thirty-five feet shorter than the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup from sixty mph.
The ContiForceContact also boasted the best hydroplaning resistance out of the group.
Anything else to know?
We say it's about time Continental threw their hat into the performance/track tire ring. Having yet another major player within this realm will only work to spur tire technology advancement for track enthusiasts.
And if anyone would have been able to integrate excellent wet performance into a performance/track tire, it's Continental. They've obviously taken the "streetable" claim very seriously here.
Overall, we think that the ConfiForceContact is a very commendable first entry from Continental. If you live in an area where wet conditions to and from, and/or at the track are a regular thing, then there may be no superior option.
That said, within the HPDE/track day and Autocross community, most consider wet performance a secondary concern. Generally speaking, the majority of drivers prioritize dry performance and grip over wet condition capability, and to a significant degree.
Indications are that the ContiForceContact has emphasized all-around capability over maximum dry grip and performance. The excellent wet capability and tread characteristics might also have come at the expense of treadlife and longevity given extended dry session conditions.
It also should be noted that the ContiForceContact is seriously expensive... About $200 more per set than the superb Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 in size 235/40R18, for example. While the Potenza RE-11 gives respectable wet performance, we have no doubt the ContiForceContact would have it for lunch when the track turns wet. Is that worth the cost premium? Comes down to the user and his priorities. Oregonians might say yes.
In any case, we look forward to more feedback on the ForceContact, and seeing what Continental will bring to the table next.
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