Hankook tires

Hankook History 

The Hankook Tire & Technology Group simply known as Hankook is a South Korean tire company. The Korean brand was established by Jae Hun Chung. The word "Hankook" literally means Korea. According to annual sales, the Hankook Tire & Technology Group is the 7th largest tire manufacturer in the world. The Korean brand has its headquarters in Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, South Korea. Hankook has manufacturing facilities in South Korea, China, Hungary, Indonesia, but also in the United States. 

Some notable facts about Hankook are: 

  • Korean company signed with Farnbarcher Racing to race a Ferrari F430 GT in the 2009 Le Mans Series season.   

  • Hankook supplied UHP tires from 2007 until 2009 for IMSA Prototype Lites, a support series for the American Le Mans Series.   

  • Nowadays, Hankook is the official tire partner for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters.  

  • Hankook sponsored Formula Drift driver Chris Forsberg.  

  • Korean brand aims that it will replace Michelin to supply tires to Formula E starting in 2022.  

Most popular Hankook tires 

The most popular Hankook tires are the following all-season models Ventus S1 noble2, Ventus V2 Concept2, and Kinergy ST. These tires are one of the best-selling and wanted products from the Hankook lineup. 

The Korean brand has also a large range of tires for trucks and buses. The most highlighted models are Smart Work DM11, AH32, and e-cube TL10. These models are designed to offer the best traction on dry, wet, and even snow-covered surfaces. Due to the latest technologies used by Hankook engineers, the tires become an environment-friendly product with high fuel efficiency. 

When we talk about Hankook's success, with no doubt we should mention the following technologies: 

  • Optimized Contact Patch (OCP), a design system that uses computer simulation to analyze the contact point between the road and the tire. 

  • Using Vibration Control Technology, the ride becomes quieter and more comfortable. 

  • Hankook uses an Innovative Mixing System to increase fuel efficiency, thus offering an environment-friendly product.

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