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Glitz and glamour for the Hankook iON Race – Formula E heads to Monaco

Glitz and glamour for the Hankook iON Race – Formula E heads to Monaco

La Rascasse, Casino Square and Grand Hotel Hairpin – the mere mention of these corners is enough to set the pulse of any motorsport fan racing. For the Hankook iON Race – the official Formula E tyre – and the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, this is the next highlight of Season 9. On 6th May, the principality of Monaco hosts the ninth Formula E race of this year. After the Vatican, Monaco is the second smallest country on earth. However, it is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The 3.337-kilometre track winds its way through 19 corners as the drivers negotiate some narrow roads in the city state on the French Mediterranean coast. The racetrack in Monte Carlo takes roughly seven weeks to set up. “The circuit in Monaco does not have a particularly aggressive asphalt surface. The layout, with its many corners, means the average speed is not so high and the surface of the Hankook iON Race is not put under so much strain,” explains Hankook’s Formula E race engineer Thomas Baltes.

Germany’s Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) travels to the Monaco E-Prix as the championship leader. Lurking just four points behind him in second place is Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing). The New Zealander won the Sunday race in Berlin to significantly reduce the deficit. Frenchman Jean Éric Vergne (DS Penske) lies third with 81 points.

Three weeks after hosting Formula E, the temporary racetrack will be the venue for this year’s Monaco Grand Prix in Formula 1.

For decades, Hankook has been one of the first ports of call when it comes to international motorsport. Hankook supplies its race tyres to globally-renowned series, high-class junior formats and popular grassroot events. With new collaborations and partnerships, the company is constantly enhancing its status as a global player on the motorsport scene. Since the 2023 season, Hankook has been the new and exclusive technical partner and tyre supplier of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. In close cooperation with Formula E, the iON Race was developed for the world championship. Roughly 30 percent of the high-performance tyre is made of sustainable materials. With this commitment, Hankook is taking another pioneering step towards energy efficiency and sustainability in motorsport. The premium tyre maker has also agreed a further collaboration with Italian sports car manufacturer Lamborghini Squadra Corse and has been official technical partner and exclusive tyre supplier of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo since 2023. Hankook’s portfolio covers a broad spectrum. This includes the 24H Series powered by Hankook, one of the most prestigious endurance series in the world, as well as the FIA ERC4 Junior Championship on the rally scene. Hankook also supports popular touring car championship TCR Italy, many high-class one-make cups for a wide range of renowned manufacturers, junior single-seater series, and assorted international racing events with race tyres and technical know-how.

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Glitz and glamour for the Hankook iON Race – Formula E heads to Monaco

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 11: Aerial view of the track during the race during the Monaco E-prix at Monte Carlo on May 11, 2019 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Sam Bagnall / LAT Images)

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