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Hankook Winter i*cept RS3: new edition of the successful tyre for cold weather

  • Successor to the award-winning Hankook Winter i*cept RS2
  • New tread design and improved mix of materials
  • Excellent choice for compact models and midsized cars
Hankook Winter i*cept RS3: new edition of the successful tyre for cold weather

Neu-Isenburg, Germany, 1 September 2022 – Shorter braking distances on snow-covered roads and improved handling on icy and wet roads: The new Winter i*cept RS3, is the enhanced successor to the multiple award-winning Winter i*cept RS2. By using the latest technologies, all features of the new model surpass its successful predecessor to offer even greater levels of safety in everyday life. The Hankook Winter i*cept RS3 is therefore an excellent choice for all common compact models and compact SUVs.

The Hankook Winter i*cept RS3 is available in the European market in 71 dimensions, from 14 to 17 inches, including four options with emergency run-flat properties (HRS = Hankook Runflat System).

Snow-covered roads can pose a challenge for both drivers and tyres. By using new micro edges, the developers were able to increase the shoulder area of the Winter i*cept RS3, thereby improving both traction and lateral grip when cornering on snow. The new inverted V-tread and new 3D sipes also provide more stable braking performance and shorter braking distances on snowy roads. Thus, compared to the previous tyre, the winter i*cept RS3 offers up to 4% shorter braking distances on snow-covered roads. In addition, minimising block movement with the use of sawtooth 3D sipes has also played an important role in improving grip and braking performance.

For greater safety on icy roads, the developers also improved the tread stiffness of the Winter i*cept RS3. Internal tests show that the tread blocks are 1% stiffer horizontally and 3% stiffer vertically compared to the Winter i*cept RS2. Drivers also benefit from significantly more grip even on ice.

Improved aquaplaning technologies

Moreover, the Winter i*cept RS3 makes use of various technologies to achieve effective tyre drainage, resulting in a high degree of driving stability, even on wet, muddy or slushy roads. As well as the wide V-shaped tread grooves, the individual blocks on the surface are also criss-crossed with small grooves. This allows water to quickly drain away and noticeably reduces the risk of aquaplaning. The new, overlaid W tread pattern also helps with this, as well as offering better steering control in the rain.

With the new generation of the “Aqua Pine Compound,” developers were able to reduce braking distances on wet roads. Traditionally, the use of all-silica compounds comes at the expense of tyre mileage. However, the new material mix, which is based on natural resins, overcomes this trade-off, achieving a reduction in abrasion and an increase in braking efficiency. The Winter i*cept RS3 therefore enables up to 7% shorter braking distances on wet roads, while offering up to 10% more mileage than its proven predecessor. The new material mix also provides an improved connection between the tyre and the road, thereby reducing slippage and increasing mileage.

Multiple awards for predecessors

The new Winter i*cept RS3 was developed as an improved version of the previous Winter i*cept RS2, which received a "highly recommended" rating in the Auto Zeitung 2020 winter tyre test. In the same year, the Winter i*cept RS2 also received the highest rating from Auto Express and ADAC for its excellent handling characteristics, strong traction and very good properties on both dry and wet roads.

“Offering tyre products that ensure driver safety on the road is our top priority. This is why we are continuously investing in research and development so that we can always offer the latest technologies on the market,” said Sanghoon Lee, President of Hankook Tire Europe. "That is why we are confident that the new winter i*cept RS3, will also meet the high expectations of our customers."

So that it is able to offer top quality winter tyres, Hankook Tire operates its Technotrac test facility in Ivalo, Finland. At the site, the company has the ideal conditions for extensively testing the results of its research and development work under various winter conditions – a perfect basis for developing and manufacturing tyres that work perfectly on ice and snow.

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/street circuits/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 several European countries and sells its products through regional distributors in other local markets. Hankook Tire employs approximately 20,000 people worldwide and sells products in over 160 countries. The company has been the technical partner and exclusive tyre supplier of the Generation 3 for the FIA ABB Formula E World Championship since 2023. Internationally leading car manufacturers rely on tyres made by Hankook for their original equipment. Approximately 38 percent of the company's global sales are generated within the European region. Hankook Tire was first recognised by the Dow Jones Sustainability Korea Index (DJSI Korea) in 2011 and more recently has been on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) since 2016.

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