By Alex Kapadia
Hankook tyres have launched a revolutionary range of low rolling-resistance tyres which can improve fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions.
The Korean tyres company, the seventh largest and one of the fastest growing tyre manufacturers in the world, claims that the new enfren range lowers greenhouse emissions by reducing the friction workload of vehicles.
Tyre rolling-resistance accounts for 20 percent of a vehicle’s fuel consumption. Lowering the coefficient of rolling-resistance can deliver major economic and environmental gains.
Under the brand name enfren, this new range of low rolling-resistance tyres is a product of Hankook Tyre’s Kontrol Technology development cycle.
Enfren combines a number of technologies to help improve fuel economy by as much as five per cent, resulting in a reduction of CO2 emissions.
In independent control tests conducted in Europe by testing agency TUV Europe, the Hankook enfren tyre showed a rolling-resistance coefficient of 8.32 compared with a conventional tyre of the same with a coefficient of 10.54. This represents a 21 per cent reduction in rolling-resistance coefficient.
Australia is the first market in the world outside Korea to receive the new enfren technology and in a real world test conducted there using a pair of identical Hyundai i30s and verified by motorsport officials, the enfren tyres returned a five per cent fuel consumption advantage over conventional steel belt radials.
Hankook Tyre Australia’s managing director, Mr Paul Park, says the introduction of the Hankook enfren tyre is a significant step in the evolution of Hankook and the first major tyre launch the company has undertaken in Australia.
Mr Park said: “This tyre is revolutionary. Combined with regular tyre and vehicle maintenance and correct inflation, the Hankook enfren low rolling-resistance tyre has the potential to save Australian consumers a significant amount of money.”