Hankook is once again supporting the ‘Tune It! Safe!’ initiative as an official partner and main sponsor. For 2021, the campaign vehicle, designed as a police car, features Hankook’s i*cept evo 3 tyres during the winter and from spring onwards, will be fitted with the ultra-high performance Ventus S1 evo 3 tyres.
The new campaign vehicle is a BMW 850i xDrive Coupé, but due to Covid-19 it was not presented at the Essen Motor Show with Hankook tyres, as is usually the case.
The car will feature the UHP Ventus S1 evo 3 tyres in 255/30 ZR21 (VA) and 295/25 ZR21 (HA). During the cold season, it will feature i*cept evo 3 winter tyres in 245/35R20 W (VA) and 275/30R20 V (HA).
Roland Hehner, head of product and tuning at Hankook Tire Germany said: “It’s especially unfortunate that we haven’t been able to present the new and, as always, spectacular ‘Tune It! Safe!’ 2021 project vehicle in front of a live audience at the Essen Motor Show.
“This is the first time in history that it has had to be cancelled. At the same time, however, we are delighted to have the opportunity to present the 850i xDrive Police BMW at BMW World in Munich.”
It’s not just the police speedster’s sporty aesthetics that are impressive. The car has been optimised for the tuning community by AC Schnitzer. Some of its features include an aerodynamics package, silencer and lowered suspension spring set on matching Hankook tyres. The tuned vehicle also scores high on performance. With its V8 Biturbo 620 hp engine, the vehicle reaches 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, and has a top speed of up to 250 km/h, BMW says.
Like its predecessors, the Ventus S1 evo 3 offers a very safe and sporty, yet comfortable driving experience in both wet and dry conditions. Consequently, the new Ventus S1 evo 3 also impressed across the board in the test and was awarded “Exemplary”. Last year’s Tune It! Safe! vehicles, both the BMW i8 (2019) and the ABT Sportsline RS4-R (2020), were able to count on the quality of this tyre.
The recently launched Winter i*cept evo 3 received the top rating “Exemplary” twice in independent tyre tests by Europe’s leading automotive magazine Auto Bild and its sister publication Auto Bild sportscars. For the first time, Hankook’s development engineers opted for a directional tread pattern for their new winter flagship tyre. This not only provides excellent grip on snow, but also helps to effectively reduce the risk of aquaplaning, among other things.