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All Kumho/Hankook Tyres Stuff

All Kumho/Hankook Tyres Stuff

Of course, most  tyres, were originally made to provide the vehicle with traction that could go anywhere. Certain Kumho tyres were developed to give the 4X4 driver excellent durability. Whilst also giving good wear and traction. Naturally,  in any weather that the vehicle could come up across. Including heavy snow falls.
Hankook tyres, wear technically designed with the help of racing tyres. So,were derived from a “cut-chip and tear-resistant tread compound”. of course, this would give the tyres tread exceptional grip and wear resistance. Consequently, when driving on roads that would normally tear tyres to shreds. Such as gravel roads.

Winter Tyres tested-We went to Finland to test winter tires in a giant freezer (before it even … – Autoweek

Winter Tyres tested
Winter Tyres tested

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again and again: If you live in a state that experiences winter, you should invest in a good set of Winter Tyres tested. Yes, even if you’ve been …

This is a great article that shows the length that tyre companies take to test their tyre products before they are released to the public for road use.

This particular article is about the new winter tyres tested, by Hankook tyres. The same also applies to other tyre companies, who rigorously teat their tyre products in real conditions, taking the cars used to their extreme limits.

I am lucky enough to experience such extreme testing conditions. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Austrian Alps to witness winter tyres tested, at first hand.

The company was not Hankook, but one of the worlds top winter tyre producers, Apollo-Vredestein.

The winter tyres tested  were a new winter tyre to sell to the SUV winter market.

I was in a group made up from other independent tyre dealers from across the UK. We were all allocated to an SUV vehicle that were fitted out with the new tyres. The drivers were all test drivers from the world of motorsport. These drivers took the vehicles up the Austrian Alps and the new winter tyres were put through their paces.

We drove on snow and ice, and i must admit to have been a little frightened, by the extremes that these vehicles were driven, in fact i was glad when the thing finished and we got back to the hotel in one piece?

It was a great experience and showed that the  winter tyres tested were put through their extreme paces.

This winter we have decided to stock some Apollo/Vredestein winter tyres, along with the excellent Yokohama winter tyres.

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SEALANT TYRES From Kumho Tyres at Frankfurt Motor Show Exhibition

Kumho Tyres will be revealing some future tyre technology including SEALANT TYRES at this weeks Iaa Frankfurt International Motor Show… http://t.co/hvzQUXeZRm

There is no saying what the large tyre companies will be coming out with next? SEALANT TYRES

Another exciting thing to come out of the tyre scene recently is the research and development pact that Kumho and Yokohama tyres have just announced.

These are exciting days in the tyre trade, with all sorts of

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Sealant tyres will not prevent tyre damage like this?

announcements coming out on a daily basis.

Sealant tyres are nothing new? several of Kumho tyres competitors have marketed a similar product, in the past two years.

This works, when an object penetrates the tyre (such as a nail or screw) then the sealant tyre will plug the hole with a semi-liquid substance. This will seal the hole and the sealant tyres would have done the job. This is just another one of the ways that tyre companies are getting round the “no spare wheel” problem.

In my opinion it is a great idea and we have first hand experience of a similar product being successful in our tyre shop in Halifax Yorkshire UK.

SEALANT TYRES are nothing new?

Self sealing tyres are also manufactured by two of the big tyre companies. I covered this in the post that i have linked below. The other tyre companies are Michelin and Continental. Both these tyre companies produce similar products. I believe that Kumho will be the first of the mid-range tyre companies to make such a safety product.

More and more cars will be produced without a spare wheel. These products will be developed to help the motorist get out of trouble should they be unfortunate enough to have a puncture due to a nail or a screw. The downside of sealant tyres, in my opinion ,is that most tyres that are deflated at speed are damaged by the weight of the car and the speed of the car. No amount of sealant will help in this situation. The tyre will be damaged beyond repair.

We see this very week, customers with damaged tyres that were unable to stop their car, when a sudden deflation occurred.

Eric Roberts

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Kumho Tyres – Yokohama Tyres Expand Partnership –

Kumho Tyres

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Kumho Tyres, Yokohama Expand Partnership
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Business Korea reports Kumho Tire and YRC have started discussing the supply of OEM parts.

This is a story that in my opinion will keep on growing?

Kumho Tyres and Yokohama are both great mid-range tyre brands. They are operating in a vastly over supplied tyre market and in my opinion something will have to give.

In all my 40 years experience in the tyre industry, i have never seen so much choice. Tyre manufacturers are falling over themselves to supply us and something has to give.

We have seen the recent acquisition of the mod-range tyre maker from Holland, Vredestein tyres by Apollo tyres and i am sure that other such deals will be taking place in the near future.

it looks like Kumho Tyres and Yokohama are taking the slow road to joining forces, and are dripping small snippets of news out to the tyre trade press.

In my opinion this will become a complete tyre manufacturing partnership in the future and one of the names will disappear.

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Apollo Tyres and Hankook- Offers Free Courtesy Cars During Tyre Fits | Motoring News | Honest John

Apollo Tyres and Hankook

Apollo Tyres and Hankook- Offers Free Courtesy Cars During Tyre Fits: Hankook Tyres is providing Hyundai i10s to its dealers to … http://t.co/UQbv2ppO77

I must admit things are looking up in the tyre industry, regarding the tyre manufacturers looking to help the tyre retailers and tyre shops, to improve their image.

This idea from Apollo tyres and Hankook tyres, is certainly a good example. Most tyre centres also do other types of work including car repairs and car servicing. A courtesy car has become an essential part of today’s customer care. We here in Halifax have four courtesy cars at our customers disposal. This is a modern day necessity, due to more and more drivers having to travel further distances and work longer hours.

I think that the trend for corporate logo advertising in the tyre trade came from Vredestein tyres. When Apollo tyres bought them out, they carried on with the trend putting their company logo onto the courtesy cars of their tyre dealer network.

We here at Pellon Tyres were one of the first to take up the Apollo offer and although we are also Hankook tyre dealers, we have not yet taken up their offer.

These things do not come free of course. We have to achieve certain targets, but when do, then the car is payed for by the tyre companies.

The car looks great driving round the Halifax area and gives us another form of advertising, also giving us the upmarket image that we feel we deserve. in the past this type of thing would have to be budgeted for. But with the backing of  Apollo Tyres and Hankook, we can fit it in with our tyre sales and other promotions, without it breaking the bank.

In the past Yokohama tyres have been very generous with a great deal of help in giving our tyre depot a real professional look.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/apollo-tyres-at-manchester-united-partner-launch/

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Kumho talks tyres-Steve from R3Rockingham talks tyres

Kumho talks tyres

When it comes to avoiding crashes the single most important thing that most of us drivers forget is the black round rubber things that are actually in contact with the ground.

Kumho talks tyres-many car drivers think by buying the most expensive tyres, then they will have the best tyres?

In many cases they could be right. But other tyre companies such as Kumho tyres from South Korea, put just as much into research and development as the likes of Pirelli and Goodyear, not forgetting Michelin of course.

I have been selling Kumho brand tyres, in my tyre shop in Halifax Yorkshire now for the past ten years and i know the quality of their products just through repeat business, besides the other aspects that Kumho have proven to me over the years.

Kumho talks tyres, is exactly what it means, they are forever testing their tyre products both in competition and on tracks like the one on the picture at the Rockingham race circuit here in the UK.

The VW can be sen testing the new Kumho HS-51 tyres in wet conditions.

With the Kumho HS-51 they  have a tyre that will be fitted to most cars from medium saloons to sporty roadsters, and has a performance level that exceeds its price and position in the marketplace, well worth looking at when you look to purchase your next set of tyres.

Kumho are now becoming a huge presence in the tyre replacement market here in the UK. Other up and coming tyre companies include Apollo tyres who have originated from India and the other South Korean giants Hankook tyres.

Hankook and Kumho at the moment lead the way in the case of their motorsport involvement and it is exciting times for us in the tyre industry, that are taking part in the clime to fame of these so called mid-range tyre companies.

Eric Roberts.

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Kumho Tyres V8 Supercar driver Alex Rullo, 15, is the youngest winner in V8 history but is still too young to … – The Daily Telegraph

Kumho Tyres V8 Supercar

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MEET Alex Rullo – the 15-year-old V8 star that has been banned from racing in NSW because he is too young.

This Kumho tyres V8 supercar driver guy is only 15 years old?wow

These drivers are from the Go-kart stables.Hence, and more than often make it as fully blown race drivers. Naturally, in various forms of the sport.

Alex Rullo is his name. Thus, he can’t even drive legally on the roads of Australia,(probably anywhere else for that matter)kumho tyres v8 supercar

He is the youngest person ever to win a Kumho tyres V8 Supercar championship race. For this reason, I think that we may be seen a star of the future.Obviously, not that he isn’t anyway?

Kumho tyres. Along with some of the other leading mid-range tyre companies. Therefore, are becoming more and more involved with the motorsport racing scene. Consequently, they are involved from regular rallying. To the more upmarket V8 supercar championships in Australia.

Kumho tyres are also coming up trumps. Even, with the lesser known racing fraternity.These, such as the Mazda MX 5 race series. In a recent  MX-5 forum user. Nick D used the Kumho Ecsta HS51 on his Mazda.

He said that he had tested the tyres on during three laps of Rockingham’s International Super Sports Car Circuit, on the Kumho web site he is quoted to have said  “is famed for its abrasion in the dry and its less than stunning grip in the wet.” And it was a damp day… An extra challenging task for our HS51’s!

Kumho Tyres V8 Supercar

“…where the Kumho felt direct and positive, ideal for a sports car, even just driving slowly round access roads, the Toyo felt far less so.”

The Kumho Hs51 is in direct opposition to the Toyo,s used in this class of racing.  he also said“…the HS51 is really quite a good tyre, it outshone the Toyo in just about every area that matters and just that stability of braking and progression in breakaway at the limit is quite possible going to save quite a few MX-5’s from making car shaped holes in hedges.”

 

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Hankook Formula 4 -‘Talking Tyres’,Australia

 

Hankook  Formula 4 Australia Motorsport Manager Dean Evans talks us through the Ventus F200 racing slicks used in the Jayco Formula 4 Australian championship.

Another one of the up and coming mid-range tyre companies are Hankook. The South Korean tyre company have spread their operations all across the world, including the tyre suppliers for Hankook Formula 4 tyres in Australia. One of their main strategies was to emulate the bigger successful tyre companies Michelin and

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Hankook tyres kitted out this Australian F4 car

Goodyear and commit themselves to the motorsport events across the world.

Hankook  Formula 4 and  one of their competitors,Yokohama tyres of Japan are battling it out to see can be the most prolific tyre supplier, Kumho tyres are also close behind.

The Australian F4 race series is run over seven rounds. Hankook Formula 4 has been  chosen by “CAMS” as the races official tyre supplier for the next three seasons. This is due largely to the merit and performance of Hankook Formula F4 racing tyres.

Also taken into consideration, will be  the brand’s ability to catapult a driver towards Formula 1. Hankook Formula F4 are also the very similar, official tyre of the European F3 series, a sport that i love to watch albeit on TV.

To give you some idea of the importance of F3 and F4 racing, this season has seen the promotion of driver Max Verstappen  to Formula 1 scene.

Hankook Formula 4  Ventus racing slick tyres have had excellent revues and have  been  universally acclaimed by the  DTM, Euro F3, British MSA Formula 4 categories and are now to be added to the Australian F4 championship, a great achievement from the South Korean tyre company.

All this helps tyre companies such as Hankook to establish themselves in the race to become a top flight tyre manufacturing company. Yokohama tyres are also hot on the heals of Hankook as both companies, and should i also mention kumho tyres, are making headway’s onto the lucrative motorsport scene and increase their market share as mid-range tyres.

Eric Roberts

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Hankook Tyres non-pneumatic tyres in successful tests

The Hankook Tyres non-pneumatic tyres

Hankook Tire has reported the successful high speed testing of its iFlex non-pneumatic tyre. The South Korean company has been developing the iFlex concept since 2011, and recently fitted its lates…

The The Hankook Tyres non-pneumatic tyres contradicts one of my previous articles?

Interestingly, I said that these airless tyres. Hence, would not be used on passenger cars . However, but now Hankook Tyres non-pneumatic tyres have somewhat changed my opinion.

Significantly, the I Flex tyres were put the test. On a KIA Ray ! Which was driven through a slalom course at up to 130 km/h (80 mph).

Hankook the South Korean tyre maker. States that its airless tyre performed perfectly well in all the safety and durability tests. This completely throws out my misconception that this type of wheel construction with a tread stuck to it would not be flexible enough to be used on the normal road cars.

The Hankook Tyres non-pneumatic tyres known as the “i Flex” is made from polyurethane synthetics(very similar to fork truck tyres) and according to a statement from Hankook, the new units are up to 95 per cent recyclable. A prototype size 155/590-14 (155 mm wide with a diameter of 590 mm) has been used in the testing.

Similar products now on the market

Another similar tyre product now on the market is the Michelin Tweel. This wheel/tyre combination is now in use on garden machinery and plant hire machines. The use of these tyres make it impossible to have a puncture repair.

Interestingly, punctures have always been a blight on pneumatic tyres. Especially on heavy machinery ! Such as JCB diggers ! Especially, where down time is very expansive.

The Hankook Tyres non-pneumatic tyres have now been tested on a car and the test have proved very positive, reaching speeds of 80 MPH. I also believe that the Tweel is now been tested on a BMW car. The results will be very interesting and could change the face of the tyre industry for ever?

Eric Roberts

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BMW Kumho Championship-Donnington 2015 Race 1

 

I qualified 6th of 12 runners in the BMW Kumho Championship-with a 1:16.7min lap, my fastest time around the circuit. I was running quite well despite knackered old tyres, until lap 4 when I got hit …

A great video to watch as the driver of this BMW, puts his car through its paces. The cars are all fitted with Kumho tyres and these are events that i love to see and visit the races where possible.

This inside camera gives you a great view as the car puts the Kumho tyres through their paces.

As i have stated on many occasions, the information that is gained through the motorsport experience goes back to making a better tyre for the regular passenger cars.

The guy in the video finished sixth out of twelve cars in the BMW Kumho Championship, held at Donnington park in the East Midlands of England in the UK.

The BARC’s , BMW Kumho Championship is open to all BMW production cars that can be bought in the UK.  The tyres that BMW Kumho Championshipare fitted to these cars are in fact known as  Street legal control tyres are supplied by Kumho tyres.

The Kumho tyres are all made from the same compound and there is only one tread pattern available to the BMW racers. The cost of the tyres  costs are kept to a minimum, to help all the competitors keep down the expense of racing.

These BMW cars are really put through their paces along with the tyre of course. At a recent meeting at the Croft race track in North Yorkshire, i was able to ask a few of the drivers what they thought of the Kumho product and i have to say that to my surprise they all agreed that they were excellent to drive on and were an excellent tyre in both wet and dry conditions.

The BMW Kumho Championship races are very exciting to watch and i would recommend a visit if the racing is in your area.

Eric Roberts

 

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Kumho Tech Talk – Tyre Selection to suit the conditions.

 

http://rally.com.au Tyres are a big part of rallying and with Kumho providing the control tyre, they come to each rally with a very large truck filled with all the …

Kumho tech talk videos are well worth a look at.

They show the amount of expertise that goes into making tyres for motorsport. This expertise is then passed onto the production of the regular passenger tyres that Kumho sell in their dealer network all kumho tech talkacross the UK and the rest of the world. An excellent product.

The Kumho tech talk videos are produced in Australia, where kumho Australia give a lot of support  to the motorsport scene.

The South Korean tyre company also support motorsport in many other countries, including here in the UK. In fact one of my customers in Halifax UK enters a car in the BMW touring car series. The guys name is Oliver and i last watched him race at the Croft racing circuit in North Yorkshire.

Although it was the coldest day of my life, i thoroughly enjoyed the racing and was impressed by the strength and endurance of the kumho ecsta tires, that were used in the race.

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I took this picture from the last race that i visited at Croft in North Yorkshire, showing the Kumho tyre clad BMW, ready for a race.

I also went into the pits area and asked a few of the drivers what they thought of the Kumho tyres and their response was positive. I explained that i was a kumho dealer, in Halifax Yorkshire and they were very forthright and helpful with my questioning.

The touring BMW’s gave a great race in the wet conditions and i really enjoyed the event. Kumho tyres have also supported the rally scene for many years, but are sadly moving their motorsport division out of the UK to germany. A decision that many dealers in the UK are not happy about.

Eric Roberts

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