Of course, most tyres, were originally made to provide the vehicle with traction that could go anywhere.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.
With a decisive snip, more than a year’s work was officially complete. Four representatives from Hankook Tire’s global and European operations, suitably rugged up for the occasion, were on hand to …
Hankook Tyres Winter Tyres
This article reinforces my own opinion about the huge amount of interest in winter tyres.This time, it is Hankook tyres that are putting in efforts.Hence to produce a great winter tyre. Therefore this article is about Hankooks efforts to rigorously test their winter tyre products.
Tough track conditions in ice and snow were provided from Finland.
This is all part of a continuing trend. Because, tyre manufacturers are looking to trade direct with the public. Hence, by buying out tyre retail groups. Therefore, to increase their market share.
I have seen all this kind of thing before. In the sixties and the seventies all the big tyre companies bought out retail tyre groups. It became a mad frenzy? Thus to try and build up the largest retail organisation.
Dunlop began to build it’s Tyreservices empire. This is where I first started in the tyre industry. A tyre fitter at National Tyres Dewsbury, UK.
One big thing that came out of it is that Tyre manufacturers could not handle running the retail sector. The whole thing eventually fell apart. Most of the best guys worked for the independent tyre retailer.
I suspect that this is what will happen again. Tyre manufacturers have no idea about running a retail organisation. Who knows? only time will tell. Meanwhile people like Hankook tyre think that this is the way forward and only time can tell.
Sumitomo tyres of Japan. Have taken the best route in my opinion. Hence, by buying the wholesale group known as Micheldevers.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.”
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
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.
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?