Hankook i*cept evo² (W320)
Optimised asymmetric pattern design for driving in all winter conditions
Optimised pattern design helps effectively bite in to the snow and improve the traction performance of the tyres.
Snow-pick traction groove
Lateral ice ax shaped grooves have a scratching effect on roads. Powerful snow performance by optimised lateral groove angle.
Zigzag traction groove
Improves snow traction and braking performance by increasing the cross point.
3D winter sipe
Ensures optimal winter performance by minimising block movement on wet and snow roads.
Ice grip slits
Provides cornering performance with sub slits.
Provides the best handling performance and improves grip by widened shoulder blocks compared to conventional tyres.
Optimised cube block
By dividing the lateral block through semi grooves there is increased flexibility and an optimised contact area when cornering. Wet and snow handling performance is also improved.
Wide aqua grooves
Improves wet performance through the use of 30% wider grooves compared to existing product.
Provides ultimate performance in wet conditions by increasing cross sectional area.
High grip silica compound
Improved snow / wet traction and lowered rolling resistance.
Jointless full cover reinforced belt
Ideal tread strength.
Wide steel belt layer
Ensures optimal tread stiffness and improves handling performance.
Adoption of high-hardness bead filler
Improves handling and steering response.
Ultra high strength bead wire
Improves uniformity and durability of the bead position.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm.
This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow.
Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.