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Hungaroring expected to pose first test in the heat for the Hankook DTM tyre

Premium tyre maker Hankook and the DTM head to Hungary this weekend, for the first foreign leg of the 2017 season. The Hungaroring will host what is probably the most popular international touring car series in the world for the fourth time, and is regarded as one of the most demanding circuits on the calendar. With many changes in direction, as well as hard braking and accelerating, the key for the drivers is to get the race tyre, provided by exclusive DTM partner Hankook, up to the ideal working temperature as quickly as possible, so as to be able to make the most of the potential grip generated by the Ventus Race.

Budapest/Hungary, 08 June 2017 – Overtaking is quite a challenge on the narrow, winding Hungaroring. The best opportunity on the 4.381-kilometre track comes at the end of the start/finish straight, which turns sharply to the right after 800 metres. Lateral acceleration is at its highest in turns four and eleven, which are taken at approximately 160 kilometres per hour. “These sections are a challenge for tyres in general. However, the new Hankook Ventus Race will master this challenge with the aplomb we have become accustomed to from its predecessor,” says Hankook DTM race engineer Thomas Baltes.

The drivers must resist the temptation to drive too aggressively, particularly at the start of the race, as this would put too much strain on the “cold” race tyres in the winding sections. Once the Hankook slick has reached the ideal temperature, it provides the drivers with an extremely high level of grip. “It is possible to optimise the cars’ traction in the slow sections by increasing the tyre pressure, in combination with a higher camber. However, the layout of the track means that the car set-up needs to be as balanced as possible,” the race engineer adds.

One feature of the Hungaroring, 20 kilometres outside Budapest, is the circuit’s location. The track winds its way through a valley, giving it the nickname “Shallow Plate”. This is ideal for spectators, as they can see roughly 80 per cent of the circuit from the grandstands. However, the basin location often results in very high air and track temperatures when the weather is sunny. This must be taken into account when deciding on tyre pressures.

A lot of dust, dirt and rubber can be found on the track, particularly off the racing line, which can be picked up very quickly by the cars. This pick-up must then be driven off the tyres before they can operate ideally again. “This can be prevented with a working set-up, thus preventing the slicks from overheating. The Hungaroring places great demand on both the construction and the running surface of the Ventus Race. The tyres are placed under an average amount of strain compared to other DTM circuits,” says Thomas Baltes.

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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