BMW selects Hankook runflat rubber for new 7 Series

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Hankook Tire has been selected as an original equipment supplier for the all-new BMW 7 Series, which will be fitted with Ventus S1 Evo2 runflat tires in sizes 245/50 R18 alongside mixed sizes 245/45 R19 at the front and 275/40 R19 at the rear. Winter I*cept Evo tires will also be supplied in size 245/50 R18.

During the intensive trial phase, the tires are said to have provided a high level of driving comfort while maintaining dynamic driving characteristics. The tires had to meet the highest demands in relation to dry handling performance and rolling resistance while providing low interior and exterior noise.

“Excellent driving and comfort had to be combined with exceptional wet and snow performance. This not only required the development of a special tread compound but also meant we needed to find a balance between compound, tread design and construction,” explained Klaus Krause, head of Hankook’s Europe Technical Centre (ETC).

March 29, 2016

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