Neu-Isenburg, Germany, 14 February 2019 – Premium tyre maker Hankook is factory-fitting the new Ford Focus Active with the Hankook Ventus Prime 3. The tyre, which stands for safety, performance and comfort, has been available in sizes 215/50R18V and 215/55R17V for the vehicle model since December 2018. Thanks to smart technologies such as freely selectable drives modes, the Ford Focus Active offers innovative handling which is boosted even further by the Ventus Prime 3.
Hankook’s latest ultra-high-performance tyre shows a good driving performance and excellent braking performance on wet and dry surfaces. Its wide four channel grooves with rapid drainage provide an optimised wet performance and, its grooves have an optimised design for each position, minimising the trade-off between wet and dry performance. Innovative compounding technologies were applied during development, making use of a high-grip silica tread compound that provides improved wet braking.
“During development of the new Ventus Prime 3, special attention was paid to a high traction and braking performance, particularly on wet road surfaces,” explained Dipl.-Ing. Klaus Krause, Head of the European Research and Development Center at Hankook. “By using an adapted asymmetrical tread, the actual contact surface between the tyre and the road has been increased by ten percent. This means the Ford Focus Active will hit the road especially safely and precisely thanks to Ventus Prime 3.”
The Ventus Prime 3 has received various awards: In 2018 the tyre was awarded the top grade “Good” in the product test by the German Automobile Club ADAC and took first place in the large tyre test 2018 conducted by Auto Bild. In addition, Hankook’s Ventus Prime 3 won the Red Dot Design Award 2016 in a field of 51 competitors.
Premium tyre maker Hankook has been supplying original equipment tyres to Ford Motor Company since 1999. Now models ranging from Ford Fiesta and Explorer to Mustang are fitted with Hankook’s products. With the addition of the all-new Ford Focus Active, Hankook continues to expand its global automotive partnership, successfully supplying original equipment tyres for 45 car brands.