Nankang focuses on ultra high performance tyre range
Nankang UK notes the brand’s particular focus on the ultra high performance segment, served by the brand’s NS-2, more recent NS-20 and track day NS-2R models. Steve Smith of Nankang Tyre UK believes budgetary constraints have become as relevant to the enthusiastic owner-driver as they are to fleet managers, with both seeking consistent performance at affordable prices, and this is where Nankang is positioned.
Nankang says its NS-2 is engineered to offer increased traction, grip and steering precision, with “only small sacrifices in ride comfort and fuel economy”. The tyre is available in a large size range, from 165/35R17 to 255/30R20 and beyond.
The NS-20 is evolved from the NS-2 to be slightly less aggressive; Nankang says the tyre aims to provide similar performance to the NS-2 but with added ride comfort. Specifically, road noise is reduced as a result of computer simulation. The tyre has four straight, wide grooves at the tread’s centre, optimising drainage efficiency and manoeuvrability. These, combined with the silica compound used, raise levels of grip in both wet and dry conditions, while maintaining trademark durability and fuel economy. Nankang says the tyre’s characteristics and value for money were noted by Auto Bild’s annual tyre report.
The latest addition to the Nankang UHP range is the NS-2R, targeting the sporting driver indulging in some track day activity. A set of four NS-2Rs in size 225/40R18 will cost around £432. The tyre is engineered to perform long and hard on often aggressive race track surfaces, Nankang says.
The manufacturer has over half a century of tyre development underpinning its range. Steve Smith continues: “In the demanding UHP sector, we offer a massive range of tyre sizes at prices that genuinely suit every pocket – there is something for every driver here.”