Neu-Isenburg, Germany, 17 January 2023 – Hankook and Italian sports car manufacturer Lamborghini Squadra Corse have joined forces. As of the 2023 season, the premium tyre maker is now official technical partner and exclusive tyre supplier of Lamborghini Super Trofeo. The renowned international one-make cup comprises three series, held on four continents. In order to master the different requirements, Hankook has developed a new, high-performance race tyre. The Ventus Race is specifically tailored to the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo2 racing car and, with its medium compound, provides a high level of grip and maximum consistency in all conditions and at all racetracks. The brand-new tyre will be used in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe, North America and Asia. Hankook will also provide technical support at the racetracks, while Hankook engineers and mechanics will be on site to assist the drivers and teams.
“The partnership with Lamborghini Super Trofeo sees Hankook add a big name and three exciting series to its portfolio in international motorsport – another step that will further enhance our premium brand in 2023 and beyond,” said Sanghoon Lee, President of Hankook Tire Europe.
The oldest Lamborghini championship is Super Trofeo Europe, which this year visits such prestigious circuits as Imola, Valencia, Spa-Francorchamps and the Nürburgring. The schedule for Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America also includes some big-name venues. Racetracks like Watkins Glen and Indianapolis are enough to set the pulse of any motorsport fan racing. Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia also returns after a three-year break, with the calendar featuring six race weekends, including in Fuji, Shanghai and The Bend Motorsport Park in Australia.
The Grand Final will take place in Vallelunga for the third time on 18th and 19th November. All the Super Trofeo competitors will gather at this showdown, roughly 30 kilometres from Rome, where they will line up in two 50-minute sprints to determine the overall winner for 2023. The Lamborghini Grand Final is not only the sporting highlight of Super Trofeo, but also a festival that has attracted spectators and fans from all over the world in recent years.
Hankook Motorsport Director Europe, Manfred Sandbichler: “We are proud to be a partner of this high-class international racing series as Lamborghini celebrates its 60th anniversary, and are keen to expand this cooperation over the coming years. Our newly developed Ventus Race tyre, with its mono-compound, has been designed as a medium version in such a way that it is able to exploit its full potential in different temperatures on a wide range of tracks and surfaces. Our Hankook engineers and mechanics will be on hand to help and advise the drivers and teams on all four continents. I am looking forward to an exciting season and the final highlight in Vallelunga.”
Giorgio Sanna, Head of Lamborghini Motorsport: “We are excited to start this new collaboration together with a technical partner as experienced and valuable as Hankook. I’m sure that the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Platform is the first step in our long-term journey and one which will bring us strong results for both parties.”
Image caption: Sanghoon Lee, President of Hankook Tire Europe and Giorgio Sanna, Head of Motorsport Lamborghini.