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Formula E premiere in Japan for the Hankook iON Race

Formula E premiere in Japan for the Hankook iON Race

After the Hankook iON Race’s excellent performance in the Brazilian heat in the latest round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the official Formula E tyre now moves on to the next highlight. On 30th March, the fully-electric series will make its debut in Japan. The capital and global metropolis Tokyo, home to roughly ten million people, hosts this landmark event. Race five of the season will take place on the 2.585-kilometre street circuit around the Tokyo International Exhibition Centre “Tokyo Big Sight”. Awaiting the 22 drivers and the Hankook iON Race is a very technically demanding circuit with tight corners and three high-speed straights.

Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Director Motorsport: “For the first time this season, we are unable to call on any reference values, as Formula E has not previously held any races in Japan. However, that was the situation in every race in our first season, and the Hankook iON Race still impressed with its high degree of reliability and performance. The circuit in Japan is fast, technically demanding, and promises to be a real highlight on the World Championship calendar. The location right on Tokyo Bay is unique.”

After four races, New Zealander Nick Cassidy from the Jaguar TCS Racing team tops the overall standings with 57 points. His closest rival, Germany’s Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) trails him by just four points. They are followed in third place with 39 points by Cassidy’s compatriot and team-mate Mitch Evans, and Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne (DS Penske).

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.

You can find more information at https://www.hankook-motorsport-media.com

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Formula E premiere in Japan for the Hankook iON Race

03 SETTE CAMARA Sergio (bra), ERT Formula E Team, ERT X24, action during the 2024 Hankook Mexico City ePrix, 1st meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez from January 11 to 13, in Mexico City, Mexico - Photo Eric Alonso / DPPI

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Formula E premiere in Japan for the Hankook iON Race

SANDBICHLER Manfred, Director Motorsport, portrait during the 2023 Valencia Pre-Season Testing prior the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo from October 24 to 370, 2023 in Valencia, Spain - Photo Thomas Fenetre / DPPI

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Formula E premiere in Japan for the Hankook iON Race

37 CASSIDY Nick (nzl), Jaguar TCS Racing, Jaguar I-Type 6, action during the 2024 Sao Paulo ePrix, 3rd meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Sao Paulo Street Circuit from March 24 to 26, 2024 in Sao Paulo, Brazil - Photo Paulo Maria / DPPI

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