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New Hankook DTM slick heads to the next race weekend at the Lausitzring

The DTM opener in Hockenheim two weeks ago greatly exceeded the high expectations. The spectators witnessed spectacular racing at its finest, with numerous overtaking manoeuvres, different strategies and thrilling duels right down to the final lap. The newly developed race tyre from exclusive DTM partner Hankook was largely responsible for this impressive start to the season. The extremely soft slick enables super-fast lap times; with this tyre, Lucas Auer set a new DTM pole record at the Hockenheimring in the qualifying session for race one. But, as mentioned, the new Ventus Race wore down much faster than its predecessor, meaning that tyre management played a significant role. How the teams and drivers handle the new Hankook slick will once again be a deciding factor at the Lausitzring, the second stop on the DTM tour.

Klettwitz/Germany, 16th May 2017 – This weekend probably the most popular international touring car series heads to the Lausitzring, which in contrast with the high-speed track in Hockenheim is one of the slower DTM tracks. However, with twelve turns and only a few straights, the 3.478-kilometre asphalt surface in Lower Lusatia is extremely challenging from a technical perspective. The Hankook race tyres need to provide a lot of traction in the narrow passages and the zigzag infield in particular, so that the drivers can accelerate out of these sections rapidly.

It is important that the drivers bring the slick of premium tyre maker Hankook, which is no longer allowed to be warmed up in advance, to the optimum operating temperature as quickly as possible with the many changes of direction. “The asphalt at the Lausitzring doesn’t have much grip, it is porous and flat. To be able to reach the ideal temperature range of the Ventus Race quickly despite this, the chassis of the car, particularly the suspension, needs to be modified. However, the setup must not be too aggressive, so as to avoid putting too much strain on the tyres,” explained Thomas Baltes, Hankook DTM race engineer.

The top speed at the Lausitzring is reached on the start-finish straight, at about 240 km/h. At the end of this high-speed passage, there is some bouncing (fast up and down movements at the front of the car) caused by the undulated surface. Thomas Baltes: “With the combination of a good car set-up and the right air pressure, the cars can be optimised in these areas. However, the tyre pressure must not be too low, otherwise too much stress will be put on the construction of the Hankook slick.”

“At the Lausitzring, more has been demanded of the tread of the Hankook race tyre than of its construction in previous years. This won’t change with the new slick. The key is in setting the air pressure in the cold tyres at the start so that it rises to the ideal value when warming up to reach the optimum temperature range,” said the Hankook DTM race engineer.

Hankook Tire manufactures globally innovative, award winning radial tyres of proven superior quality for passenger cars, light trucks, SUVs, RVs, trucks, and buses as well as motorsports (circuit racing/rallies).

Aspiring to bring consumers the utmost excellence in product quality, technological excellence and driving satisfaction, Hankook Tire continuously invests in research and development maintaining five R&D centres and eight production facilities around the world. Bespoke tyre solutions for the European markets as well as European Original Equipment according to the requirements of leading premium car manufacturers, are developed in the company’s regional Technical Centre in Hanover/Germany. Production for the European region is taking place in the state-of-the-art manufacturing site in Rácalmás/Hungary which was inaugurated in June 2007 and is continuously being expanded. Currently around 3,000 employees produce up to 19 million tyres a year for passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks.

Hankook Tire’s European headquarters are located in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt am Main in Germany. The manufacturer operates further branches in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and Ukraine. Hankook products are sold directly through regional distributors in other local markets. Hankook Tire employs approximately 22,000 people worldwide and are selling their products in over 180 countries. Internationally leading car manufacturers rely on tyres made by Hankook for their original equipment. Approximately 30 percent of the company's global sales are generated within the European and CIS-Region. Hankook Tire has been represented in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index World (DJSI World) since 2016.

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