Hankook has been manufacturing tyres since 1941. In recent years, though, it has undergone enormous growth and is now the seventh-largest tyre company in the world, producing 92 million tyres a year. The main reason for this expansion is ongoing research and development work. This has been undertaken in partnership with some of the world’s most prestigious car makers. As an example, this year the South Korean firm has announced its first official equipment agreement with Porsche, whose new Macan will sport Hankook tyres.
The company’s flagship range is the Ventus, a high-performance tyre available in various different guises. The Ventus S1evo, designed for maximum handling and premium cornering performance, is factory-fitted to the Audi TT and TTS and BMW 4-Series. It is also available in special fittings for SUVs and 4x4s. The Ventus Prime2 is aimed at high-mileage drivers with high safety awareness. A sophisticated compound technology ensures maximised braking ability and control on wet roads. Other tyres in the Ventus range share the same emphasis on control and comfort, especially when braking. They are original equipment for the BMW 5 Series and X5 and many Mercedes-Benz models.
Hankook’s Optimo range comprises tyres more suitable for day-to-day use on many vehicles. These feature a tread pattern designed for safety and grip in wet conditions. They have scored well for their longevity in consumer reviews and are factory-fitted to many Hyundai and Kia models. The Optimo 4S is an all-season tyre which has performed very well in independent tests. It provides high levels of all-round performance on snow and in winter conditions as well as on wet and dry road surfaces.
Further all-season tyres from Hankook feature in the Kinergy range. This has good ratings for wet grip and is worth consideration for the safety it offers in poor driving conditions.