Successful weekend for Hankook Tire at e4 TESTIVAL and ADAC 24h e-competition
- Hankook iON series for electric vehicles enjoyed interest at the e4 TESTIVAL
- Hankook iON team finished on the podium in class D at the ADAC 24h e-competition
- Overall winner of the electric car race also ran on Hankook tires
Neu-Isenburg, Germany, November 8, 2022 - Global leading tire company Hankook Tire has successfully completed the ADAC 24h e-competition which was held as part of the e4 TESTIVAL at the Hockenheimring. The Hankook iON team finished on the podium in its class. The BMW i4 eDrive40, which took the overall victory, relied on Hankook Tire’s special electric vehicle tires.
The three-day driving show, e4 TESTIVAL, was packed with a whole range of new mobility. It offered not only an opportunity to test drive an electric vehicle (EV) at the Hockenheimring, but also lectures and exhibitions from vaious companies from e-bike brands to EV charging station manufacturers.
At the ADAC 24h e-competition, sponsored by Hankook Tire, teams compete against each other on electric cars to complete as many laps as possible on the 4.57-kilometer Grand Prix circuit of the Hockenheimring in 24 hours. The race is not primarily about speed. It’s more about charging strategy and efficient use of energy.
The 24-hour race went on from October 28 to 30. Drivers, divided into four classes based on the vehicle’s charging capacity, raced 11 hours from Friday to Saturday, and another 13 hours from Saturday to Sunday. The night race at the Hockenheimring would not have been possible if the race were for conventional vehicles since the circuit is situated nearby residential areas where noise regulations are particularly strict.
The Hankook iON team led by driver Kay Alexander Plonka from Electrified Magazine started on Friday at 9 p.m. aboard the Tesla Model Y Performance. The team came in third place in class D, and eighth overall on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. The electric SUV was equipped with Hankook iON evo tires that are specially designed for electric vehicles with a particularly low rolling resistance.
The Hankook iON team’s charging strategy shined when the last driver Plonka crossed the finish line with the charge level at exactly zero percent. Plonka said, “I’m particularly impressed by high grip level of the iON evo. It allowed us to maintain high performance even through tight corners of the Hockenheimring while minimizing braking and acceleration that consume lots of energy.” Plonka adds, “In addition, tires still looked really good after driving over 1,000 kilometers on asphalt.”
Hankook EV race tire’s balanced performance also contributed to the overall victory of the Elektroautomobil team with the BMW i4 eDrive40.
*Image caption for photo (3): (from left to right) Stefan Prohaska, Larissa Büsch and Lisa Schmid from Corporate Communications Team at Hankook Tire Europe and Kay Alexander Plonka from Electrified Magazine handed over the trophy from Alexander Nieland, CEO of e4 QUALIFICATION GmbH, for taking a 3rd place in Class D at the Hockenheimring.