As with all Hankook tyre treads, safety was again the emphasis for the premium tyre maker’s latest developments and great importance was attached to further improvements in the areas of wet grip and handling/steering precisions well as a particular focus on reducing rolling resistance while maintaining the high mileage and with significantly improved environmental properties.
The second generation, the Ventus S1 evo2, has so far developed into the most successful tread in the company’s history – also being fitted as premium original equipment by leading car makers, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Based on DTM-proven technology, it excels thanks to its high steering precision and excellent handling behaviour. Hankook has succeeded in further optimising these driving characteristics in the Ventus S1 evo3 through a range of features that also address its environmental properties (rolling resistance and durability).
Hankook’s compounding experts have optimised the driving characteristics of the Ventus S1 evo3 on wet and dry roads by using high-performance natural resins in the tread compound. This not only increases the grip level at the peak of performance output, the tyre also remains at this grip level across a significantly larger range of temperatures, resulting in a very wide threshold range. A high-grip full-silica tread compound and a special mixing technology for a significantly better distribution of polymers and filler material are used in the tread compound. This results in a clear improvement in brake performance in the wet as well as in reducing rolling resistance.
The new Ventus S1 evo3 will initially be offered in 72 dimensions from 17 to 22 inches from early 2019.