Performance accessories and tuning company Brabus has added Hankook Tire to its list of technology partners. The Germany company says it will mount high-performance tires from Hankook on its alloy wheels up to 23in in diameter. Initially these will be predominantly the UHP Ventus S1 Evo 3 premium summer tire and the UUHP Ventus S1 Evo Z tire, with Brabus saying that both stood out for their high strength aramid-reinforced hybrid belt, high grip and levels of safety reserves on dry and wet roads. It will also use the Hankook Winter I*cept Evo 3 ultra-high-performance tire.
“As the result of numerous driving tests with different Brabus supercars on proving grounds, racetracks and of course on public roads, we have decided to make premium manufacturer Hankook part of our range,” said Brabus chief technology officer Jörn Gander.
“The company’s broad line of products enables us to equip a wide variety of Brabus Monoblock wheels and thus a multitude of different vehicles with Hankook tires. However, another criterion for this cooperation for us was that our new technology partner will also develop special tires for us in the future that will be precisely tailored to the specific, extremely high requirements of future Brabus supercars.”
To this end, the development engineers and technicians of both companies are now working together closely to draw upon the wealth of experience of Hankook and Brabus to develop even better tires for optimal performance and safety.
“We look forward to the new challenges and opportunities that this cooperation will generate,” said Roland Hehner, head of product and tuning at Hankook. “Of course, the valuable experience we have amassed in motorsport will also help up with these tasks. For example, as the exclusive technical partner and tire supplier of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, we have also gathered a lot of experience with high-performance tires for electric cars under extreme conditions. Going forward, this know-how will be tremendously helpful in our technology partnership with Brabus, which of course will also extend to new energy vehicles.”