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Hankook ultra high-performance SUV tyres now original equipment for Porsche Macan

Tyre maker Hankook is extending its successful premium original equipping to the Sports Activity and Sports Utility Vehicle segments as well. The SUV model of the company’s flagship tyre, the Ventus S1 evo2 SUV, will now be installed as original equipment on the new Porsche Macan, among others. Various sizes in 18 and 19 inches … Continued

Tyre maker Hankook is extending its successful premium original equipping to the Sports Activity and Sports Utility Vehicle segments as well. The SUV model of the company’s flagship tyre, the Ventus S1 evo2 SUV, will now be installed as original equipment on the new Porsche Macan, among others. Various sizes in 18 and 19 inches are being utilised, which are manufactured in Hankook’s state-of-the-art European production facility in Hungary.

Tyre maker Hankook is continuing its offensive in the premium segment of German automobile manufacturers and is now supplying ultra-high-performance (UHP) tyres as original equipment for the new Porsche Macan. This is the first time a model from the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer is being factory fitted with Hankook’s UHP- tyres. The pattern being used is the Ventus S1 evo2 SUV, which was introduced in 2014, providing a tread designed especially for this vehicle category with particularly sporty and dynamic genes. Hankook Ventus S1 evo² SUV tyres will be fitted in either 18 or 19 inch diameter in mixed tyre sizes 235/60 R 18 (front) and 255/55 R 18 (rear) or 235/55 R 19 (front) and 255/50 R 19 (rear).

“Our flagship tyre is also outfitted with innovative technologies and sophisticated designer features for high performance SUV’s and we are excited that Porsche, another German premium automobile manufacturer, shows their confidence in our products as original equipment”, says Ho-Youl Pae, President and Chief Operating Officer of Hankook Tire Europe. “Like its little brother from the car segment, the Ventus S1 evo2 SUV provides a sporty and direct driving experience combined with safety and comfort, making it another exceptional example of Hankook Kontrol Technology, our philosophy of combining technology, top performance and safety in all of our products.”

The concept behind the SUV model derived from Hankook’s UHP-flagship, the Ventus S1 evo2, is again aimed at driver’s of high-performance, dynamic vehicles; driver’s that demand sports-like performance from their tyres across all parameters without compromising on features like driving comfort or low rolling noise. “With the new Ventus S1 evo2 SUV we have developed an ultra-high-performance tyre that optimally supports the character of sporty and dynamic vehicles like the new Porsche Macan,” explained engineer Klaus Krause, Head of the Hankook European Technical Centre in Hanover, Germany.

The particularly sophisticated technology of the Ventus S1 evo2 SUV with its multiple tread radius and double-layer rayon carcass provides a maximum tread contact area under all conditions. The tyre impresses not only with outstanding hydroplaning behaviour but also with optimum road contact for perfect balance in both wet and dry conditions. Driving control and safety at high speeds are also significantly improved. The innovative DTM inspired 3-layer block design with its special staircase arrangement of the outer rib blocks, provides an improved tyre contact area as tyre wear progresses thereby guaranteeing more effective traction performance throughout the entire life cycle of the tyre.

The Ventus S1 evo2 SUV is equipped with a highly developed newest generation silica compound with an optimised cross-linking system that improves wet traction, wear characteristics and thermal ageing resistance. The high-grip styrene-polymer formula enables additionally improved wet properties. A refined cooling system, with surface enlarging fins anchored to the base of the tread grooves and micro-turbulence generating dimples arranged on the outer edges of the shoulder block enable faster heat dissipation for more stable handling characteristics and longer tyre durability. In order to make the driving experience even more comfortable the Hankook UHP flagship is equipped with an aerodynamically shaped sidewall that further reduces tyre noise and highlights the tyre’s sporty look.

The Ventus S1 evo2 SUV line-up is manufactured primarily in the company’s European state-of-the-art factory in Hungary. Its line-up consists of currently 37 sizes between 17 and 22 inch diameter with tread width reaching from 225 to 315 mm innominal aspect ratios 65 to 30, mainly in extra-load version (XL) and speed indices W/Y.

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