Hankook manufactures premium high-performance tyres for a wide range of vehicle categories from cars to trucks as well as for motorsport. Much of the development and production takes place in Europe for the European market, including original equipment for Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and VW.
The new and improved studless winter performance tire
The optimized directional pattern design of the Winter i*cept iZ2 ensures maximum studless safety on wet and icy roads. The improved Winter i*cept iZ2 features zigzag traction for improved snow traction with excellent braking and handling on ice allowing you to drive with confidence in extreme winter conditions.
Increased pitch numbers Bites into the snow improving the traction performance of the tires.
Handling performance Reinforced center block provides better handling performance (reinforcement of rib block stiffness).
‘Z’ grip shoulder block The ‘Z’ grip shoulder block disperses pressure equally on the shoulders edges. Z Grip: Z shape 3D structure equally distributes the pressure, making the ideal contact shape. The robust block edge enhances the handling performance on the snow.
Zigzag traction Improves snow traction and provides excellent braking and handling performance on ice.
Increased groove edge length Maximizes the effect of the sipe edge Lateral groove edge length: 15% increased Longitudinal groove edge length: 23% increased
Wet performance V-shape offers better drainage.
3D sipes The 3D sipe block provides superior control stability and minimizes block movement in all driving conditions.
High grip silica compound Improved snow / wet traction and lowered rolling resistance.
Jointless full cover reinforced belt Ideal tread strength.
Wide steel belt layer Ensures optimal tread stiffness and improves handling performance.
Equilibrium polyester carcass line Enhanced sidewall stiffness and durability.
Adoption of high-hardness bead filler Improves handling and steering response.
Ultra high strength bead wire Improves uniformity and durability of the bead position.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
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