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2022 European launch date for Hankook Winter i*cept RS3

Hankook Tire has confirmed it will launch its Winter i*cept RS3 tread pattern to the European market in 2022.

The tyre maker recently launched the Winter i*cept RS3 in Korea to expand its premium winter tyre portfolio. Next year’s European launch will be followed by other markets, it said.

Hankook claims the Winter i*cept RS3 is a tyre designed to deliver safety for everyday use during winter. It gives a driver reliable handling on all conditions of roads including snow, wet and dry roads. In particular, small slots molded into the edge of main groove increase the tyre’s contact surface with the ground, and thus give better grip even when cornering on snow covered curves.

Stable braking on snowy roads is supported by an inverted V-shaped tread pattern engraved in opposite direction of the main groove angle. The corrugated 3D kerfs increase braking performance on snowy roads by four per cent, compared to the prior 2D kerfs. The minimisation of block movements, achieved by sawtooth-shaped 3D sipes also plays an important role in enhancing grip and braking.

Moreover, the Winter i*cept RS3 adopted various technologies for effective drainage to ensure a high level of driving stability even in rainy weather.

The rapid drainage of water via the two drainage grooves, which are thin groove in the shape of water pipe and wide V-shaped groove, reduces the risk of aquaplaning, according to Hankook.

In the meantime, a newly employed W–shaped pattern not only disperses water quickly but also clamps the block surface firmly with its sloped bars. This allows responsive handling at low temperatures in the rain during winter.

In addition to the tread design, Hankook boasts that its new tyre uses high-grip silica, a natural compound, to contribute to excellent braking performance particularly on wet or slush-covered roads. The tread life has been improved by 10 per cent compared to previous model upon improving braking performance on the wet surface.