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High speed through Cape Town – the Hankook iON Race gives the drivers the confidence they need

High speed through Cape Town – the Hankook iON Race gives the drivers the confidence they need

Very fast, very bumpy, and with a lot of different surfaces – that was how the 22 Formula E drivers found the street circuit in Cape Town. Race number five of the season posed a number of challenges for the Hankook iON Race. Thomas Baltes, Hankook Formula E race engineer “The circuit is one of the fastest in Season 9. The bumps and five different types of asphalt, in particular, really put the drivers and our tyre through their paces. The difference in temperature between the red and the black asphalt was up to six degrees Celsius. That obviously affected the grip level. However, the high level of consistency demonstrated by the iON Race gave the drivers the confidence they needed to pull off overtaking manoeuvres and the belief that they had the necessary grip to brake hard at the end of the high-speed straights.”

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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High speed through Cape Town – the Hankook iON Race gives the drivers the confidence they need

11 DI GRASSI Lucas (bra), Mahindra Racing, Spark-Mahindra, Mahindra M9-Electro, action during the 2023 Cape Town ePrix, 4th meeting of the 2022-23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Cape Town Street Circuit from February 23 to 25, in Cape Town, South Africa - Photo Germain Hazard / DPPI

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