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Hankook iON Race demonstrates its potential on concrete slabs, despite varying temperatures and rain

Hankook iON Race demonstrates its potential on concrete slabs, despite varying temperatures and rain

For the first time in Season 9, the drivers took to the track in the rain. Conditions were wet on the 2.355-kilometre track at the decommissioned Tempelhof Airport for the third free practice session early on Sunday morning and qualifying. Furthermore, the track surface on the airport apron also made the double-header the biggest challenge of the year so far for the Hankook iON Race. Hankook Formula E race engineer Thomas Baltes. “The big challenge for the tyres on the Tempelhof track were the concrete slabs. Sometimes with some gravel, sometimes without, and repaired in many places. Over the years, however, the gravel has been washed out, repeatedly making for different grip levels, which did not make handling easy for the drivers. Plus, the concrete is very light and heated up far less than the dark asphalt. The rain on Sunday morning reduced the grip level yet further, and required some very sensitive driving in the Gen3 cars.”

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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Hankook iON Race demonstrates its potential on concrete slabs, despite varying temperatures and rain

08 ROWLAND Oliver (gbr), Mahindra Racing, Spark-Mahindra, Mahindra M9-Electro, action during the 2023 Berlin ePrix, 6th meeting of the 2022-23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit from April 21 to 23, 2023 in Berlin, Germany - Photo Eric Alonso / DPPI

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