Hankook to equip the Audi Q4 e-tron and Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron

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July 13, 2022

The Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron, are now part of the growing array of EVs for which Hankook provides special tyres as original equipment.

Audi's two sporty compact SUVs include plenty of technological advancements. At the same time, the total electric drive requires a tyre that can securely convey this technology onto the road: the Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3 ev tyre is designed specifically for electric vehicles.

"As a development partner of Audi, we have implemented several successful projects together in recent years," says Sanghoon Lee, President of Hankook Tire Europe. "Being able to help switch the portfolio over to electric vehicles by providing suitable tyres, therefore, means a lot to us. In doing so, we are also contributing to increasing sustainable mobility."

Low rolling resistance, low weight, high load capacity - Properties that are especially important for electric vehicle tyres. They improve battery performance and thus vehicle range while safely carrying the increased vehicle weight caused by the concept. Hankook engineers equipped the Ventus S1 evo 3 ev with a double-layer carcass made of specially developed high-performance fibre to meet the special requirements of electric mobility. It provides excellent stability and ensures that the tyre's tare weight is low in relation to its size. The tread compound used in the Ventus S1 evo 3 ev, which has been adapted to electric mobility needs, is also important. Its extremely high drive torques ensure excellent grip in wet and dry conditions and reduce rolling resistance.

Due to the reduced flank height in the 20 and 21-inch dimensions of the Audi Q4 e-tron and Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, an additional steel-based reinforcement is used in the bead area to increase sidewall rigidity further. This results in a particularly sporty and immediate steering response, ensuring the tyre fits the rim precisely.

The Hankook SEALGUARD® sealing material used inside the tyres (standard on the Hankook 20 and 21inch dimensions for the Audi Q4 e-tron and Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron) automatically seals any punctures in the tyre tread surface of up to 5mm in diameter. SEALGUARD® provides the advantage of continuing the journey without delay, even if a nail puncture occurs. It is no longer necessary to carry a spare wheel in vehicles equipped with SEALGUARD®. In addition to their safety benefits, tyres equipped with Hankook's SEALGUARD® technology continue to provide the same level of comfort as tyres without SEALGUARD®.

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