Neu-Isenburg/Germany, November 05, 2018 –– Hankook is ready for winter. The tyre manufacturer kicks off the cold season with three outstanding tyre models. The Winter i*cept RS 2, Winter i*cept Evo 2 and Winter i*Pike RS 2 tyres scored above-average results in comparative tests throughout Europe. Above all, the independent testers from specialist media from Germany, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom praised the handling and braking characteristics of Hankook tyres on snow. Hankook's success model for moderate latitudes such as Central and Western Europe – Winter i*cept RS 2 – was among the top-rated tyres in several tests conducted by German and English specialist magazines. The tyre convinced testers above all by its "excellent handling properties in all weather conditions” (Autobild, Germany, 38/2018). The Winter i*cept RS 2 proved to be "highly reliable, precise and providing powerful traction" (auto motor sport, Germany, 21/2018) and with impressive safety and excellent manageability on both wet and dry roads (Auto Express, UK, 09/2018). The Winter i*cept RS 2 tyre thereby continues the good test results of the previous year.
Another tyre which is designed for winter road conditions in Central and Western Europe is Hankook’s Winter i*cept Evo 2. The ultra-high performance winter tyre impressed above all with its strong braking performance on snow-covered roads and provided optimum grip on bends and corners. The tyre tread "offers exemplary traction properties when braking on snow". In addition, Hankook’s i*cept Evo 2 is "easy to manage in wet conditions" while providing "safe understeering" on dry roads (sport auto, Germany, 11/2018). For snowy regions with permafrost in winter such as Scandinavia and Russia, Hankook offers the i*Pike RS 2 model. The studded winter tyres reached top positions in recent tests conducted by Russian and Scandinavian testing magazines. It impressed above all with excellent braking properties on snow and equally outstanding lateral traction on ice (Za Rulem, Russia, 09/2018). Hankook developed the new tread with major involvement from its own test centre in Ivalo in Northern Finland, which has been carrying out comprehensive tests on winter tyres particularly destined for Europe since it opened at the beginning of 2017.
"We are extremely proud of the many good test results for our current winter tyre models in different countries,” says Han-Jun Kim, President of Hankook Tire Europe. "Regularly scoring such good and very good results for our Hankook winter tyres in independent tyre tests throughout Europe and the CIS show that we can offer consumers suitable products for a wide range of applications on these demanding markets."