Hankook has its first Porsche OE fitment

April 14, 2015

Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. has its first Porsche OE fitment. The company will supply its Ventus S1 evo2 SUV ultra high performance (UHP) tire in two size combinations for the Macan.  

Hankook says the Ventus S1 evo2 SUV will be fitted in either 18- or 19-inch diameter in mixed tire sizes: 235/60R18 (front) and 255/55R18 (rear) or 235/55R19 (front) and 255/50R19 (rear). This is the first time a model from the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer is being factory fitted with Hankook’s UHP tires.

"Our flagship tire 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 Mr. Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO.

"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 Kontrol Technology, our philosophy of incorporating technology, top performance, and safety in all of our products."

The company says the concept behind the SUV model derived from Hankook UHP-flagship, the Ventus S1 evo2, is aimed at drivers of high-performance, dynamic vehicles; drivers that demand sports-like performance from their tires 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 UHP tire that optimally supports the character of sporty and dynamic vehicles like the new Porsche Macan," says Sang-ju Lee, chief technology officer.

Hankook says the 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 tire provides outstanding hydroplaning behavior and optimum road contact for perfect balance in both wet and dry conditions. Driving control and safety at high speeds are also significantly improved.

The Ventus S1 evo2 SUV is equipped with a highly developed newest generation silica compound with an optimized cross-linking system that improves wet traction, wear characteristics and thermal ageing resistance, according to the company. In order to make the driving experience even more comfortable, the tire is equipped with an aerodynamically shaped sidewall that further reduces tire noise and highlights the tire's sporty look.

The Ventus S1 evo2 SUV is manufactured primarily in the company's factory in Hungary. The line-up consists of currently 37 sizes between 17- and 2- inch diameter with tread width reaching from 225 to 315 mm in nominal aspect ratios 65 to 30, mainly in extra-load version (XL) and speed indices W/Y.

For more information on Hankook’s products, visit www.hankooktire.com/global.