07/28/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/27/2023 22:01
Neu-Isenburg, Germany, 28th July 2023 - Hankook and Formula E enjoyed a perfect start to the run-up to the season finale of the fully-electric racing series in Great Britain this weekend (29th to 30th July). Ahead of the 2023 Hankook London E-Prix, British Formula E driver Jake Hughes (NEOM McLaren Formula E Team) set a new indoor land speed record in a GEN3 car, which had been modified by Formula E partners Hankook and SABIC, among others. The prototype is named the GENBETA and generates up to 400 KW, which the 29-year-old Briton called upon to clock a new milestone of 218.71 km/h on a 346-metre indoor straight. The record was set on a modified Hankook iON Race tyre and before the eyes of an official Guinness World Records adjudicator, meaning Formula E and tyre maker Hankook can now take their place in the famous book of world records.
As official tyre partner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Hankook played a fundamental role in achieving the new record. The Hankook iON Race development tyre used was modified specifically for the record attempt. A softer compound made it possible to get heat into the iON Race Formula E development tyre and achieve the optimal working temperature even faster than with the tyre used in the Formula E world championship. "What a great project and a magnificent record. We are delighted to have played an important part with our Hankook tyre, and that together we were able to smash the previous record by more than 50 km/h. The modified compound allowed the tyre to develop a lot of grip very quickly, which was one of the keys to this success," said Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Motorsport Director.
The venue for the world record attempt was the official Formula E circuit for the 2023 Hankook London E-Prix, a unique indoor and outdoor racetrack at the ExCeL London Event Arena. This weekend, the same circuit will host the finale of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, at the end of which the 2023 Formula E world champion will be crowned.
Hankook Tire manufactures globally innovative, award-winning radial tyres of proven superior quality for passenger cars, light trucks, SUVs, RVs, trucks, and buses as well as motorsports (circuit racing/street circuits/rallies).
Aspiring to bring consumers the utmost excellence in product quality, technological excellence and driving satisfaction, Hankook Tire continuously invests in research and development maintaining five R&D centres and eight production facilities around the world. Bespoke tyre solutions for the European markets as well as European Original Equipment according to the requirements of leading premium car manufacturers, are developed in the company's regional Technical Centre in Hanover/Germany. Production for the European region is taking place in the state-of-the-art manufacturing site in Rácalmás/Hungary which was inaugurated in June 2007 and is continuously being expanded. Currently around 3,000 employees produce up to 19 million tyres a year for passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks.
Hankook Tire's European headquarters are located in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt am Main in Germany. The manufacturer operates further branches in several European countries and sells its products through regional distributors in other local markets. Hankook Tire employs approximately 20,000 people worldwide and sells products in over 160 countries. The company has been selected as the technical partner and exclusive tyre supplier of the Generation 3 for the FIA ABB Formula E World Championship, starting 2023. Internationally leading car manufacturers rely on tyres made by Hankook for their original equipment. Approximately 34 percent of the company's global sales are generated within the European and CIS-Region. Hankook Tire has been represented in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index World (DJSI World) since 2016.