Hankook Tire announced it will be supplying ultra-high performance (UHP) Ventus S1 evo 2 tires as original equipment for the BMW 6 series Gran Turismo.
With special run-flat sizes of 245/45 R19 98Y RSC for the front axle and 275/40 R19 101Y RSC for the rear axle, the summer tire provide the right grip on dry as well as wet roads. The combination of a coupé silhouette with the space and equipment of a luxury-class saloon sedan means that the tires not only have to provide adequate comfort, but must also be able to carry high loads, should the maximum trunk volume of up to 1,800 liters be used.
“Being the original equipment partner of premium manufacturers such as the BMW and being able to contribute to driving this development forward makes us very proud indeed. The technical intricacies of the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo are probably easier to discover than those of our tyres, but, nevertheless, our tyres will continue to play a major role in the future of the automobile,” says the head of Hankook Europe, Han-Jun Kim.
“We had to combine excellent driving and comfort features with exceptional performance on wet as well as dry roads. It required us to not only develop a special tread mix, but also to come up with a completely new combination of materials, profile design and structure“ explains graduate engineer Klaus Krause, head of the European Development Center (ETC) at Hankook Hanover, where the tires are developed for the BMW Group in Europe.
In addition to the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo and the luxury sedan BMW 7 Series, Hankook currently supplies a total of 11 models of the long-established German company. Some of the BMW X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6 cars, the BMW 2 series Active Tourer as well as the BMW 4 and 5 series, also roll off the assembly line on Hankook tires. Hankook has, thus, been able to significantly expand its original equipment business when compared to previous years. The cooperation with the BMW Group has been in place since 2011. It includes the supply of passenger car and SUV tires, from the summer, winter and all-weather segment to sports tires.