The Hankook supply portfolio has thereby been significantly expanded with the new edition of the sporty premium small car. Aside from the 15” basic tyres for the One and Cooper models, as well as 16” for the Cooper S, a sporty 17” Hankook option is also available for the first time. In addition to the standard versions, Hankook also supplies the 16 and 17” versions with the Hankook Runflat System (HRS) as tyre sets with emergency running properties. Various summer patterns suiting each car’s respective engine power are utilised here to effectively support the sporty-direct handling of the MINI. For the North American market, the tyre manufacturer also supplies an all-season tread in all three sizes with 15” in the standard and 16 and 17” in the runflat version.
The extended original equipment portfolio mirrors the further intensifying relationships with the BMW Group. In addition to the MINI, Hankook tyres are already being fitted as original equipment on five other models from the Munich based premium automobile manufacturer (BMW 1-, 3-, 4- and 5-series, as well as the X5). The MINI’s chassis with its go-kart style handling properties places special requirements on the tyres. They must optimally transfer the performance of the vehicle in order to support the renowned, typical MINI character.
“We have shown that our summer and all-season tyres ideally highlight the driving characteristics of the MINI without neglecting important safety and environmental parameters like wet grip or rolling resistance,” explained Engineer Klaus Krause, Head of Hankook’s European Development Centre. “We are very happy that our tyres have made a positive performance impression with the previous MINI generation and that we are now again fitted as an original equipment to the new MINI edition with an extended tyre portfolio.”
In addition to the high performance tyres Ventus Prime2, which has already been utilised since 2011 in the original equipment of the MINI, Hankook is also represented in original equipment with its ultra high-performance flagship tyre Ventus S1 evo2, the particularly energy efficient Kinergy Eco as well as the all-season pattern Optimo H426 for the North American market.
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