Hankook Tire Unveils Asia’s Largest Proving Ground, Hankook Technoring

Hankook Tire held an inaugural ceremony at Hankook Technoring on May 25, inviting media and partners to attend the presentation of Hankook’s mid-term and long-term innovation strategy and its commitment to Hankook Technoring for sustainable growth. Executives present at the ceremony included: Hyunbum ChoChairman and CEO of Hankook & Company; Soil LeeChairman and CEO of Hankook Tire; Jongseon AhnChief Operating Officer of Hankook & Company; Jongho Park, Chairman and CEO of Hankook Tire; and Bonhee Ku, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Hankook Tire.

Covering 311 acres, the equivalent of 235 American football fields, Hankook Technoring is the largest proving ground in Asia. It features 13 test tracks, including the longest test track in Asia, and enables rigorous testing of Hankook’s most advanced products, including tires for electric vehicles (EVs) and supercars. The test tracks are designed to accommodate all types of vehicles, from supercars to trucks and buses, and can accommodate testing at speeds of up to 155 mph.

The proving ground is also equipped with a control tower, office buildings, workshops, gas stations and charging stations for electric vehicles. The 121.7-foot-tall control tower manages test progress with built-in monitoring systems to simulate various test surface and climatic conditions.

“Tires, being the sole support of a vehicle that comes into contact with the road surface, are the key to maximizing vehicle performance, ensuring safety, satisfying fuel efficiency and ride comfort. is why at Hankook we recognize the need for diverse proving grounds to ensure the highest product quality in all conditions,” said Hyunbum ChoChairman and CEO of Hankook & Company.

With the completion of the Hankook Technoring facility, Hankook Tire has established a comprehensive R&D infrastructure to advance its innovation capabilities. This infrastructure is expected to create synergy with Hankook’s existing facilities, which include Hankook Technoplex, the company’s global headquarters, as well as a control tower to design innovative products and develop medium and long-term strategy. Original technologies are developed and secured at the Hankook Technodome, the company’s central high-tech R&D center.

The strengthened R&D infrastructure will enable Hankook to continue leading the automotive industry in the future. As a center for breakthrough innovations, Hankook Technoring will play a pivotal role in providing optimal solutions for the coming era of electric mobility and autonomous vehicles, meeting the stringent and diverse requirements of high-end automakers.

With the data accumulated from actual tests at Hankook Technoring, Hankook also plans to accelerate its digital transformation. The company will build a big data analysis platform and develop a virtual optimization technology based on artificial intelligence. In the future, Hankook also aims to create a database of responses of tires and vehicles tested in the most severe environments, with which Hankook will build a digital twin to secure original and innovative technologies to be applied for future mobility.

In addition, Hankook Tire plans to actively seek cooperation with various mobility companies, research and education institutions, and startups while fostering a driving culture using Hankook Technoring’s state-of-the-art infrastructure. This will drive the company not only to continue to innovate in its R&D capabilities, but also to contribute to the advancement of global mobility technology.

Hankook Technoring

  • Completion: May 2022
  • Location: Yangjam-ri, Nam-myeon, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
  • Area: 311 acres / 1.26 million square meters
  • Features 13 test tracks, office buildings, workshops, gas stations and electric vehicle charging stations

Test tracks

  • High Speed ​​Oval
    The main high-speed circuit, also referred to as Hankook Technoring’s signature course, consists of 4-lane tracks with a total length of 2.85 miles. Designed to allow high-speed testing up to 155 mph on a straight course, the track features a 38.87 degree banked curve on the grade.
  • Vehicle Dynamics Zone / Skid Pad
    The Vehicle Dynamics Zone and Skid Pad test steering stability and performance limits through slalom testing, lane change and roundabout testing. This track allows testing at a maximum speed of 124 mph.
  • Dry handling circuit
    The Dry Surface Driving Course tests driving performance on dry surfaces and is 2.1 miles long, made up of 16 bends. The straight-line course is 730 meters long and allows a top speed of 118 mph.
  • Wet handling circuit / Hydroplaning curve
    The wet driving circuit is 1 mile long and consists of 11 different turns. The circuit allows test driving up to 80 mph. The hydroplaning curve helps diversify wet road conditions by adjusting the water depth ranging from 3/64″ to 3/8″.
  • Ride
    Designed to test driving comfort while driving, the 1,060-meter-long driving track features 4 lanes and 15 road surfaces, including national highways, asphalt, brick roads, and more.
  • Braking
    The brake course consists of 4 dry lanes and 4 wet lanes of various asphalt, concrete and other road surfaces. The dry brake test track allows test speeds of up to 93 mph.
  • Right hydroplaning
    The 160-meter-long hydroplaning straight allows for hydroplaning testing in various wet road conditions by adjusting the water depth ranging from 3/64″ to 3/8″.
  • go through the noise
    The 1,000-meter-long track is designed to perform tire noise testing to meet car manufacturer requirements and ISO certification.
  • Noise Vibration Harshness
    This 765 meter long course is designed to measure tire noise. It consists of 7 different roads and 5 different lanes of asphalt and a concrete trench.
  • General route
    The 3.11 mile general road connects all test tracks. It is designed to perform a comprehensive performance test, including ride comfort on various surfaces.
  • Off road
    Featuring various obstacles such as puddles and rocks, the course is designed to test off-road tire performance.
  • Road tracks chipped
    The 1,500-yard-long chipped road tracks test tire durability. The tracks also test for chip and cut wear, conditions typically encountered under normal driving conditions.

About Hankook Tire America Corp.
Hankook Tire America Corp. is a growing leader in the U.S. tire market, leveraging investments in technology, manufacturing and marketing to provide reliable, high-quality products that are safer for consumers and the environment. Based at Nashville, Tennessee.Hankook Tire America Corp. markets and distributes a complete line of high and ultra high performance passenger tires, light truck and SUV tires as well as medium truck and bus tires in United States. Hankook Tire America Corp. is a subsidiary of Hankook Tire & Technology Co., Ltd., a Forbes Global 2000 company headquartered in Seoul, Korea.

SOURCE Hankook Tire America Corp.

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