Hankook – “Kontrol Technology”
“Kontrol Technology” is Hankook’s technology philosophy, which reflects how the tyre should perfectly control the interaction between the driver, the car and the road while in motion (the ‘K’ stands for kinetic). It is implemented to ensure that Hankook provides the greatest benefits and driving experiences to customers in terms of safety, driving comfort, handling, performance and environmental friendliness.
As well as a Kontrol Technology information booth at Sema, Hankook showcased its new, environmental tyre – enfren – which has completed the Kontrol Technology cycle and was launched in Korea. Hankook is exploring the possibility of a North American version within three years.
The tyre combines a number of technologies, including a special silica compound and structural design efficiencies in order to reduce rolling resistance and thus boost fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions. Test results fro the Korea Automotive Technology Institute show that the tyre improves fuel economy by two per cent and reduces CO2 emissions by 4.1 g/km.
Also at the show, Hankook unveiled its new Ventus R-S3 Z222 uhp tyre for tuner and performance enthusiasts, which will be available in seven sizes at the beginning of April for distribution in North America, Europe and Asia, with other sizes being added later.