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Tough test for the Hankook race tyre at the Ardennes Rollercoaster
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Tough test for the Hankook race tyre at the Ardennes Rollercoaster

  • 12H Spa-Francorchamps is round three of this season’s 24H Series powered by Hankook
  • Demanding layout puts drivers, cars and race tyres to the test
  • Unpredictable weather in the Ardennes can be the X factor

Neu-Isenburg, Germany, 21.04.2022 – The 24H Series powered by Hankook enters its third round. The renowned endurance series is in Belgium this weekend for the Hankook 12H Spa-Francorchamps. The race is split over two days. The field of roughly 50 starters contest the first 5.5 hours from 12:25 (CEST) on Saturday, before returning at 11:20 on Sunday for the second 6.5 hours. For the Hankook Ventus Race tyre, the Ardennes Rollercoaster is the biggest challenge on the entire calendar in the 24H Series powered by Hankook.

The 7.004-kilometre Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps winds its way through the Ardennes in an exciting sequence of corners, long straights and undulating sections. Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Motorsport Director Europe: “The big changes in elevation make for high compression values. Furthermore, the drivers take some of the corners very fast, which generates huge amounts of g-force. This combination puts great strain on the tyre construction. However, the Ventus Race has always mastered this challenge in the past.” 

The variations in temperature are particularly treacherous at the Ardennes Rollercoaster, as the track runs through woodland in some places and temperatures can even be below zero at this time of year. “Similar to the Nürburgring, which is less than 100 kilometres away, the race tyre cools down in some sections of the circuit. This makes it difficult for the drivers to maintain the ideal level of grip. For example, the tyre temperature can drop in the downhill section before Eau Rouge, forcing the drivers to adapt when they accelerate out of the corner,” Manfred Sandbichler explains.

The challenging layout lends itself to a conservative, tyre-friendly set-up with reduced camber. However, the X factor in Spa-Francorchamps is always the weather. A race weekend in the Ardennes without a single drop of rain is a genuine rarity. Hankook’s Motorsport Director: “As the circuit is relatively long and very hilly, the drivers must cope with the fact that, should it rain, some sections will be wet, while others are dry. However, it is precisely these uncertainties that add to the special allure of Spa-Francorchamps, which last hosted the 24H Series powered by Hankook in 2019. I am looking forward to an exciting race, which is sure to be spectacular again.”

 

Photos: Petr Fryba

Hankook, l'un des cinq plus grands manufacturiers de pneus au monde en volume, fabrique des pneus premium innovants haute performance pour les véhicules de tourisme, les véhicules utilitaires, les poids lourds et les véhicules de sports automobiles.

Afin d'offrir à ses clients une qualité optimale associée à l'excellence technologique et au confort de conduite, Hankook investit en permanence dans la recherche et le développement. Dans cinq centres de développement internationaux et huit grandes usines, l'entreprise élabore et produit des solutions de pneumatiques sur mesure parfaitement adaptées aux exigences et aux demandes des marchés régionaux. En Europe, le développement des pneus ainsi que la production des équipements en première monte sont effectués dans le Centre technique d'Hankook à Hanovre en Allemagne selon les critères des plus grands constructeurs automobiles européens. Les pneus sont produits au sein de l'usine européenne ultra moderne de Rácalmás en Hongrie, qui a été inaugurée en 2007 et qui ne cesse d'être agrandie depuis. Actuellement, plus de 3 000 employés y produisent jusqu'à 19 millions de pneus par an pour les véhicules de tourisme, les véhicules utilitaires et les camionnettes.

Le siège européen du manufacturier de pneus est situé à Neu-Isenburg, près de Francfort-sur-le-Main en Allemagne. L’entreprise assoit sa présence grâce à ses filiales en Europe, notamment en Allemagne, en Espagne, en France, en Grande-Bretagne, en Hongrie, en Italie, aux Pays-Bas, en Autriche, en Pologne, en République tchèque, en Russie, en Serbie, en Suède, en Turquie et en Ukraine. Dans les autres pays européens, les pneus Hankook sont vendus directement via des distributeurs régionaux. Hankook emploie 20.000 employés dans le monde entier et commercialise ses produits dans plus de 180 pays. Pour leurs équipements de première monte, les plus grands constructeurs automobiles font confiance aux pneus fabriqués par Hankook. L'Europe représente environ 34 % du chiffre d'affaires global de l'entreprise. La société Hankook Tire est représentée depuis 2016 dans le très renommé Dow Jones Sustainability Index World (DJSI World).

Pour obtenir plus d’informations, veuillez consulter www.hankooktire-mediacenter.com ou www.hankooktire.com


Hankook Tire Europe GmbH | Corporate Communications Europe/CIS | Siemensstr. 14, 63263 Neu-Isenburg | Germany

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