Fort Mill, S.C.
- Developed by championship-winning drivers, the ExtremeContact Sport is chosen by Saleen as the sole fitment for their S1 Super Car.
Fort Mill, SC; December 12, 2017 – The 2018 Saleen S1 was unveiled on November 30 at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the affordable supercar is fitted with Continental’s ExtremeContact Sport tires.
The ExtremeContact Sport is a dynamic, ultra-high performance street tire built for car enthusiasts and engineered for extreme grip in dry and wet conditions. Tested by five championship-winning race car drivers, the ExtremeContact Sport was designed for precise handling; security on wet, slippery roads; and excellent tread life.
“We’re extremely honored to be chosen as the fitment on the Saleen S1 super car,“ said Tony Talbert, tuning and off-road manager for Continental Tire. “The ExtremeContact Sport is the perfect tire for this super car. We took our knowledge from the track to the street and built a tire with the dry and wet performance a car enthusiast demands in a tire.”
“I think again we’ve touched on a really different category of car,” said founder, Steve Saleen. “We’ve just been very happy with the Continentals. They have super grip and I feel that they are the best supercar tires we can use.”
The Saleen S1 weighs just 2700 pounds with a focus on weight and agility. The car features an all-aluminum tub, carbon fiber body panels, and a 450-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The S1 starts at just $100,000 and Saleen has already begun taking $1,000 pre-orders. North American deliveries are expected to begin in late summer 2018.
As Steve Saleen reflects on his newest project, perhaps what he is most proud of is the innovation of a new car category.
“It isn’t that we invented a flying car or anything like that but we certainly went with a new genre of car," said Saleen. "We recognized a new trend and adapted to that. It seemed that everybody was going in another direction – they were all turning left and we made a hard right with a very unique presentation.”
The ExtremeContact Sport comes in 71 sizes, including 17 new sizes, ranging from 15” – 20” wheel diameters with a W and Y speed rating.
About Continental Tire the Americas
Based in Fort Mill, S.C., Continental Tire the Americas, LLC manufactures and distributes a complete premium line of passenger, light truck and commercial tires for original equipment and replacement markets. Our ultra-high, performance tires include award-winning technologies that focus on safety, help save money, and are #ForWhatYouDo. Continental’s premium products are available at leading independent tire dealers, car dealers, and mass retail companies across North America. Continental Tire is a proud supporter of International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), Major League Soccer (MLS), College Basketball, West Coast Customs, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, Petty’s Garage, and Roush Performance.
About Continental AG
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transport. In 2016, Continental generated sales of €40.5 billion and currently employs more than 230,000 people in 56 countries.