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Hankook Tire Selected as OE for Two BMW Models

The brand new Hankook Ventus S1 evo Z was specially developed for the UUHP segment for use on sporty high-performance vehicles, according to the company.

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The brand new Hankook Ventus S1 evo Z was specially developed for the UUHP (ultra-ultra-high-performance) segment for use on sporty high-performance vehicles, according to the company. The Hankook Ventus S1 evo Z is available for both BMW models in 255/40 ZR21 102Y tires on the front axle and 265/40 ZR21 105Y on the rear axle.

According to the company, the high level of grip and precise lateral guidance for optimum handling behavior, even under very sporty conditions, were decisive criteria during the approval process. For all M models, the process includes an extensive performance test on the Nordschleife bend at the Nürburgring.

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The Hankook Ventus S1 evo Z’s characteristics match the motorsport DNA of the M models, Hankook says. The company says this manifests as high dynamics, agility and precision. With a maximum output of 510 hp and 480 ft-lbs. of torque on the competition models, both models accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.8 seconds.

Hankook says for this demanding vehicle segment, the Ventus S1 evo Z has the following features:

  • An aramid composite material in a double-layer carcass. This prevents deformations caused by possible heat development during extensive use.
  • High grip in different weather conditions. The company says the compound technology used in production originates from Hankook’s racing tire development, where smaller material batches are processed gently, over significantly longer periods of time.
  • An asymmetrically designed tread pattern. The arrangement of the individual tread blocks has been developed to ensure optimum block stiffness under various driving conditions, the company says.

The new Hankook Ventus S1 evo Z is currently available in 15 sizes from 19 to 21 inches with tread widths between 225 and 315 mm in cross-sections from the Series 30 to 45. The company says throughout the year, additional sizes will complement the line-up with a focus on the high-end range.

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