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DTM, Hankook to guest star at Super GT finale

DTM, Hankook to guest star at Super GT finale

Wednesday 1st November 2017 | 0 Comments

Following the season finale at the Hockenheimring in Germany last month, the DTM touring car championship and exclusive tyre partner Hankook are heading for extra time in the land of the rising sun. On 11 and 12 November, the three competing manufacturers, Audi, BMW and Mercedes AMG, will be present at the final of the Super GT series in Motegi/Japan, returning the visit to Hockenheim made by Super GT.

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Hankook gains first BMW Motorsport customer tyre supply with M4 GT4

Hankook gains first BMW Motorsport customer tyre supply with M4 GT4

Tuesday 6th June 2017 | 0 Comments

The new BMW M4 GT4 made its competitive debut in the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race at the Nürburgring late last month, running on Hankook Ventus Race tyres, and Hankook Tire has now begun supplying this tyre as original equipment for cars sold to customer racing teams around the world. BMW Motorsport has selected the Ventus Race in size 300/660 R18, on 11x18-inch rims, for the 431 hp, straight-six M4 GT4.

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Hankook helps BMW M4 GT4 to class win as tyre provider for TCR, GT4 at N24

Hankook helps BMW M4 GT4 to class win as tyre provider for TCR, GT4 at N24

Wednesday 31st May 2017 | 0 Comments

Hankook supplied the tyres for the TCR and GT4 classes, including the new BMW M4 GT4, which made its official race debut in the Nürburgring 24 Hour race. 21 cars out of the 160 starters ran on with its Ventus Race range; the manufacturer supplied a total of 1,500 tyres for the Eifel region event. Hankook states that the slick tyre provided a consistently high level of grip both in daytime track temperatures of up to 47 degrees and on a cooler track during the night. The manufacturer added that the tyres’ high level of consistency allowed drivers to clock fast lap times at the end of their stints.

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Hankook supplies new BMW M4 GT4 at Nürburgring 24h

Hankook supplies new BMW M4 GT4 at Nürburgring 24h

Friday 26th May 2017 | 0 Comments

As the exclusive supplier to the new TCR and GT4 classes competing in this season’s VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring, Hankook will be in the thick of the action. The manufacturer states that one of its highlights of the weekend will be the race debut of the new BMW M4 GT4, which will run on Hankook racing tyres. The race coincides with the customer racing version of the car going on sale, also equipped with Hankook’s racing tyres.

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Hankook: New DTM slick “behaved exactly as desired”

Hankook: New DTM slick “behaved exactly as desired”

Monday 8th May 2017 | 0 Comments

The first two races of the DTM season have given drivers the chance to familiarise themselves with the new for 2017 Hankook slick and get reacquainted with the rain tyre. The Ventus Race debuted during Saturday’s event at Hockenheim in Germany, which was won by Mercedes-Benz driver Lucas Auer.

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DTM: Hockenheim debut for new Hankook slick

DTM: Hockenheim debut for new Hankook slick

Tuesday 2nd May 2017 | 0 Comments

The first race of this year’s DTM season takes place at the Hockenheimring this weekend, and cars competing in the opening round of the touring car championship will drive on an all-new Hankook slick tyre. Hankook Tire reports that the new generation Ventus Race was developed in response to the wishes of series organiser ITR e.V. and while the dimensions have been carried over from the predecessor tyre, it offers a combination of more grip and faster degradation.

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DTM: Hankook introduces grippier, faster wearing Ventus Race slick

DTM: Hankook introduces grippier, faster wearing Ventus Race slick

Thursday 9th March 2017 | 0 Comments

Cars competing in the DTM this season will wear a completely new generation of Hankook slick. The new Ventus Race is the fourth generation of Hankook slick supplied to the touring car championship and comes in the front axle size 300/680 R 18 and rear axle 320/710 R 18 – the same sizes as used in 2016. Hankook Tire states that it generates more grip than its predecessor and, when pushed hard, will wear more quickly and intensively than the tyres used last season. Depending on driving style, these characteristics are expected to significantly influence lap times.

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Hankook’s 2017 endurance season gets under way

Hankook’s 2017 endurance season gets under way

Tuesday 10th January 2017 | 0 Comments

The 2017 endurance season kicks off with the Hankook 24H Dubai on 12 to 14 January, and the 24-hour race in the United Arab Emirates also represents the first stop for the 24H Series powered by Hankook, which the company has supported as exclusive tyre partner and title sponsor since 2014. The 24-hour series comprises a total of seven rounds, with four 24-hour races and three 12-hour races.

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Three more years of Hankook Formula 3 tyre supply

Three more years of Hankook Formula 3 tyre supply

Monday 6th June 2016 | 0 Comments

Hankook Tire will continue to deliver its Ventus Race F200 racing tyres for the 225 hp cars fielded by Formula 3 racing teams after its cooperation with the FIA Formula 3 European Championship was extended for a further three years last month.

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3 more years: DTM extends Hankook’s tyre supply deal

3 more years: DTM extends Hankook’s tyre supply deal

Monday 9th May 2016 | 0 Comments

The existing partnership between Hankook Tire and German touring car championship DTM has been extended for a further three years. The tyre maker signed a new contract with DTM promoter ITR e.V. last Friday following the press conference held for the opening of the current season; under the terms of this contract, Hankook will continue to deliver its Ventus Race DTM tyres to Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz until the end of the 2019 season.

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Italian touring car championship to run on Hankook tyres

Italian touring car championship to run on Hankook tyres

Thursday 17th March 2016 | 0 Comments

Hankook is now the exclusive tyre partner to the Campionato Italiano Turismo (Italian Touring Car Championship). The tyre maker says its partnership with the brand new championship takes effect immediately and will be maintained for the “next couple of years.” The 2016 Campionato Italiano Turismo season commences in Monza on 22 May and incorporates seven race weekends. All of the 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder turbocharged saloons racing in the series will compete on Hankook Ventus Race tyres in size 260/660 R 18.

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New touring car series to race exclusively on Hankook tyres

New touring car series to race exclusively on Hankook tyres

Thursday 4th February 2016 | 0 Comments

Hankook Tire has been appointed exclusive tyre partner to a newly-established touring car series in Germany. The three-year arrangement sees Hankook supplying tyres to all cars competing in the ADAC TCR Germany series; in 2016 the tyre of choice is the Hankook Ventus Race, which will take to the circuit in size 260/660 R 18.

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Hankook enters fifth year of DTM partnership at Hockenheimring

Hankook enters fifth year of DTM partnership at Hockenheimring

Wednesday 29th April 2015 | 0 Comments

2 May sees the beginning of the 2015 DTM season at the Hockenheimring, marking the fifth year of Hankook’s tyre supply to the championship. The brand’s presence in top line German motorsport has functioned as a component of its process of premiumisation – not only has the manufacturer been producing high specification track tyres accepted by DTM; it has been able to function as an exclusive tyre partner with Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz within the series.

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Hankook returns to F3 with ‘enhanced’ tyres

Hankook returns to F3 with ‘enhanced’ tyres

Monday 13th April 2015 | 0 Comments

The weekend’s round at Silverstone marked the start of Hankook Tire’s fourth year as official tyre supplier of the Formula 3 European Championship. The current season consists of 11 rounds and a total of 33 races, and will see competitors take to the track on the Ventus F200 slick and Ventus Z207 wet surface tyres. Hankook says this rubber – which it developed exclusively for the championship – has been ‘enhanced’ for the new season.

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Hankook gets underway as 24H Dubai sponsor and tyre supplier

Hankook gets underway as 24H Dubai sponsor and tyre supplier

Friday 9th January 2015 | 0 Comments

The 24H Dubai is currently taking place, and for the first time ever, Hankook Tire is serving as title sponsor and exclusive tyre partner to the event. Qualifying and night practice for the race began yesterday, with the Hankook 24H Dubai 2015 race itself getting underway at 1.30pm local time (9.30am GMT/UTC). This season-opener in the United Arab Emirates doubles as the flagship event and curtain-raiser for the ‘24H Series powered by Hankook,’ which was recently granted official international series status by the FIA.

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