Popular South Korean tire maker -Hankook has been officially named by Audi A.G as the Original Equipment ( OE ) supplier for its iconic SUV – Q7. This would also include SQ7 TDI version the, latest addition to Audi’s lineup.
The car, which is Audi’s longest offering and a 7 seater, would come shod with Hankook Ventus S1 Evo2 tyres. The fitment size would be 285/35 R22. This association covers Q7 models sold across the USA, Canada, Europe and various parts of Middle East.
Hankook had to work in tandem with the auto maker in order to come up with the tyres that suited the needs of Audi A.G. Since Q7 is a premium vehicle, a major focal point during the entire development phase was to offer a quiet and comfortable ride quality without compromising on the traction and performance offered.
Since the fitment size requires tyres to be equipped with a low profile, Hankook is lining the insides of the tyres with a polyurethane foam sheet in order for superior comfort. This, along with company’s Silent Tyre technology for active noise reduction, would improve the ride quality by multiple notches.
The tyres offer low rolling resistance which makes for improved fuel efficiency and quick initial acceleration. The asymmetric tread pattern makes for superior traction levels, wet or dry. Silica enriched rubber compound and a refined cooling system together make for enhanced tyre life. Hankook’s active participation in racing sports like DTM GermanTouring series is being perceived as the factor driving the savoir-faire of the tyre maker.