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Date 08/05/2012 Hits76,241

Category Motorsports

Initial test for Hankook tyres at Hockenheim

Initial test for Hankook tyres at Hockenheim

- Hankook presents a new generation of tyres at the season opener.
- The exclusive tyre partner provides even more mechanical grip and overall performance in its second DTM year.
- Perfect co-operation with Audi, Mercedes-Benz and returnee BMW.

Hockenheim/Germany, April 27th, 2012 - When the first DTM race of the year gets underway at the legendary Hockenheimring on Sunday, the co-operation between Hankook as the exclusive tyre partner and the most popular international touring car series is entering its second season. After the successful premiere in 2011, Hankook’s engineers have constructed a largely new tyre that will prove itself for the first time in competition after many miles of testing. For the 2012-spec tyres that are significantly bigger and wider, the high-speed circuit near Hockenheim will be the litmus test.

“An The Hockenheimring Baden-Wurttemberg is particularly notorious because of its high kerbstones. As the drivers are nearly always running over them at top speed, they put an enormous load on the tyre construction. However, Hankook’s engineers are confident that the tyres will again master the challenges at Hockenheim. After all, the experience and the know-how from the past season have been considered in the development of the new tyre generation. The current tyres are particularly bigger and wider than those used last year. With the sizes 300/680/R18 for the front and 320/710/R18 for the rear axle- meaning that even the 2012 front tyres are bigger than the rear tyres used in 2011- the new Ventus Race provide even more mechanical grip and performance, both as a slick and as a rain tyre. These are excellent conditions for ultra-fast laps at the Hockenheimring with its top-speed straights and the slower, yet very demanding cornering sections.

With the new development, the tyre manufacturer also succeeded in the difficult task of combining high performance and maximum safety. “For drivers and teams, we are providing top performance at a constant high level of consistency and safety, like we had last year”, says James Kim, head of development and Team Manager Motorsport at Hankook Tire Europe, who from the German based headquarters is leading a team of more than ten development engineers.

Hankook BMW’s return into the DTM was an additional challenge for Hankook. Next to Audi and Mercedes-Benz, the individual requirements of a third premium car manufacturer now also have to be considered and taken into account. This made the development of the 2012-spec tyres to an even more delicate affair. However, co-operation was seamless, “and was very effective with all three car manufacturers”, James Kim emphasised. Norbert Haug, Mercedes-Benz’s head of motorsport immediately returned the compliment and already applauded during the press conference at the official DTM test days at the same venue: “Hankook is a reliable partner for the DTM, the tyres are suited for the challenges they have to deal with.”



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