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Successful dress rehearsal: Hankook happy with pre-season test in Valencia

Successful dress rehearsal: Hankook happy with pre-season test in Valencia

Hankook mastered the dress rehearsal for the start of the Formula E season, in January in Mexico, without any issues. During the five-day test in Valencia, Spain, in mid-December 2022, the Hankook iON Race impressed teams with its strong performance – both in the dry and on a wet track. “The test was extremely positive. We were particularly pleased when it rained, as that allowed us to gather more information on the performance in wet conditions,” says Thomas Baltes, Hankook’s Formel E race engineer.

Over the course of the five days of testing, the drivers completed 5,128 laps and covered a total distance of 17,300 kilometres. That is roughly the same distance as from the test circuit in Valencia, Spain, to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico, the venue for the Hankook Mexico City E-Prix. Maximilian Guenther from Maserati MSG Racing set a Formula E test lap record of 1:25.127 minutes on the new Hankook iON Race in Valencia.

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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Successful dress rehearsal: Hankook happy with pre-season test in Valencia

17 NATO Norman (fra), Nissan Formula E Team, Spark-Nissan, Nissan e-4ORCE 04, action during the ABB FIA Formula E Valencia Testing 2022 on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo from December 13 to 16, 2022 in Cheste, Spain - Photo Xavi Bonilla / DPPI

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