Audi E-Tron GT On The Road On Hankook E-Tires

Audi E-Tron GT On The Road On Hankook E-Tires

In addition to the Audi e-tron, Hankook Tire is now also supplying Audi's first all-electric sports car.

The market for electric vehicles (EV) is growing quicker than any other vehicle category; in Europe alone, the increase in 2020 compared to the previous year is around 138 percent (source:dpa). With this in mind, premium tiremaker Hankook Tire also is expanding its market share in the EV original equipment sector with tires for the Audi e-tron GT. 

In 2018, the Audi e-tron GT prototype was presented for the first time and the enthusiasm continues even after its market launch in 2021. Hankook is fitted on the Audi e-tron GT ex works with its Ventus S1 evo 3 ev, which has been specially developed for the needs of electric vehicles. In size 225/55R19 XL 103Y on the front axle, 275/45R19 XL 108Y on the rear axle, the Ventus S1 evo 3 ev is host to many technical refinements that help to optimally bring the performance of electrically powered sports cars to the road.

“The development of an e-tire is particularly complex,” explains Moonhwa Hong, vice president of OE Development Department. “Therefore, it is now paying off that we expanded research in this area early. Our company is now represented on several premium models in the electric sports car segment, including the Audi e-tron GT, and has established a very good position in this segment overall.”

For the Audi e-tron GT, the tread pattern of the Ventus S1 evo 3 has been adapted especially for electric vehicles to reduce tire noise by approximately three decibels. This is important, as engine noise in electric vehicles is omitted, so road and tire noise inside the vehicle is perceived as louder. In addition, in order to cope with the high stresses caused by the high performance of electric sports cars, the tire is reinforced with so-called bead-packing technology, as well as a high lateral stiffness for particularly precise handling even at high speeds. In addition to supporting sporty characteristics, Hankook’s EV tire also is an important component for comfort, as Grand Turismos like the Audi e-tron GT are designed to enable comfortable travel even on long journeys.

“Our tire has to bring the very high drive power of the Audi e-tron GT to the road and at the same time deliver the low rolling resistance that is a key factor in electric vehicles, for high efficiency and range,” says Jeongho Park, executive vice president and director of OE Division, “We can be proud of the result.”

To meet the specific demands on an electric vehicle like the Audi e-tron GT, Hankook’s developers also have optimized the vulcanization process for the tire compound according to the application to ensure the right balance of temperature, timing and pressure. The Ventus S1 evo 3 ev achieves 30 percent more durability compared to a standard tread compound. Abrasion performance has been improved by 5 percent compared to the conventional model and overall rolling resistance has been reduced by 13 percent, Hankook says.

You May Also Like

Wallbox Appoints Luis Boada as Chief Financial Officer

Boada’s appointment is effective May 15.

Wallbox, global provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management solutions in Barcelona, Spain, announced Luis Boada will join the company as chief financial officer effective May 15, 2024.

Following a transition period, Wallbox also will propose the appointment of Jordi Lainz as a member of the Board of Directors during the 2024 Annual General Meeting of shareholders.

Marelli Exhibiting at Beijing International Automotive Show

Visitors can interact with Marelli’s software-defined interior with features that can be personalized by the vehicle owner.

Future of Automotive Innovation Showcased at TAIPEI AMPA Show

The event returns to the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1, April 17-20, 2024.

Mexico Site Selection for Automotive OEMs & Suppliers

Swedback discusses why foreign automotive companies are locating operations in Mexico, and the most important issues they need to know about, among other topics.

Hercules Tires Expands Options in Canadian Markets

Both the Terra Trac Cross-V AW and Roadtour Connect AS were introduced to dealers in the United States in late 2023.

Other Posts

Navistar Surpasses 100 Authorized EV Dealers

Navistar will have more than 30% of its dealer locations ready to support the sale and service of both International and IC Bus EVs.

Navistar Surpasses 100 Electric Vehicle Authorized Dealers
FLO Introduces New Home Charger

The newest FLO Home EV chargers build on 15 years of private, public and commercial charging experience, along with EV drivers’ feedback on home charging needs, the company said.

Flo new chargers
GreenPower to Deliver 88 All-Electric School Buses in West Virginia

In January, the EPA announced an $18,565,000 grant awarded to GreenPower of WV for the deployment of its all-electric, purpose-built, zero-emission school buses in seven West Virginia counties in 2025.

Greenpower busses
Autel Energy Europe Releases MaxiCharger Launch Plan

Autel introduced the MaxiCharger Megawatt Charging System satellite launch plan at the Nordic EV Summit 2024.

Autel Energy Europe Releases MaxiCharger Megawatt Charging System Satellite Launch Plan