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Hankook-shod VW ID.3 sets new world record

Hankook has supported the success of the ‘ID.3 Germany Tour’ by fitting the new Winter i*cept evo 3 tyre on the Volkswagen ID.3 campaign vehicle.

After driving for 65 days and more than 28,000 kilometres across Germany, the team has set a world record for the longest continuous journey with an electric vehicle through a single country.

Back in September, the trip started in Oberstdorf, which is one of Germany’s top winter sports locations and its most southern Hotel-location. Organiser Rainer Zietlow and his co-driver Dominic Brüner from ‘Challenge4 GmbH’, an agency specialising in global vehicle projects, spent 65 days travelling through every part of Germany to test the long-distance capabilities of the Volkswagen ID.3 and the charging infrastructure across the country.

After 28,198 kilometres, they reached their final destination in the north of Sylt, the country’s most northern island. Despite the Covid-19 restrictions, the team has set a world record for the longest continuous drive through a country in an electric vehicle. During the journey, they charged the vehicle at 652 quick-charging stations and used new wall boxes installed at various Volkswagen dealerships they visited.

Throughout the entire trip, Hankook’s all-new Ultra-High-Performance winter tyres Winter i*cept evo 3, fitted in size 215/55 R18 99V XL, were mounted on the campaign vehicle.

The new, now third, Winter i*cept evo generation features a directional tread pattern for the first time. It not only offers excellent aquaplaning safety, but also high grip on wet roads and during low temperatures. This is a particularly important feature for electric cars, since high torques are almost completely converted into propulsion.

With Hankook’s Winter i*cept evo 3, the team was well prepared for the onset of winter and to visit every corner of Germany. Hankook’s new Ultra-High-Performance winter tyre has been awarded “Exemplary”, the highest mark from the independent performance test by Europe’s leading automotive magazine Auto Bild.

“The strain on the tyres for an electric vehicle like the sporty VW ID.3 particularly in its highest performance level, is immense,” explains record driver Rainer Zietlow. “The new Hankook winter tyre always provided the necessary grip throughout the entire trip, despite the very spontaneous and sporty high torque, even in the prevailing wet and cold weather. As a result, we had great confidence in the performance of our vehicle at all times.”