Hankook i-Flex

Η Hankook μετά τη επιτυχία της συνεργασίας με τη Mercedes και για πρώτη τοποθέτηση των ελαστικών της στη νέα Mercedes S-Class, έρχεται σήμερα να μας παρουσιάσει ένα ελαστικό χωρίς αέρα που παίζει το ρόλο και της ζάντας, το οποίο θα το δούμε από κοντά αύριο στη Φρανκφούρτη πάνω σε ένα Volkswagen up! by ABT.

Το πρωτοποριακό αυτό ελαστικό είναι κατασκευασμένο από συνθετικά πολυουρεθάνης, το οποίο έχει κατασκευαστεί σε συνδυασμό με τη ζάντα σαν ένα μέρος. Η Hankook αναφέρει ότι είναι σημαντικά ελαφρύτερο από τη συνηθισμένη χρήση τροχού και ελαστικού και δεν χρειάζεται καθόλου αέρα. Η κατανάλωση καυσίμου και ο θόρυβος του είναι χαμηλότερος σε σύγκριση με τις συμβατικές επιλογές, ενώ και η ασφάλεια των οχημάτων είναι αυξημένη.

Το μικρό αυτοκίνητο της γερμανικής εταιρίας θα φοράει το συγκεκριμένο ελαστικό σε διαστάσεις 155/590-14 (155 χιλιοστά πλάτος, 590 χιλιοστά διάμετρος) και σύμφωνα με την Hankook, το 95 % της κατασκευής του i-Flex είναι ανακυκλώσιμο.

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Hankook i-Flex: Tyres Reconceptualised at IAA 2013

Hankook i-Flex offers a look into the future of tyres, by driving on airless tyres.

Trend-setting tyre solutions for the demands of future-oriented mobility systems are taking centre stage at Hankook Tire’s presence at the Frankfurt International Auto Show 2013.

The optimisation of conventional vehicles with regard to tyres as well as studies for sustainable mobility that combine efficiency and eco-friendliness will be focal points.

In addition to premieres and innovations in the fields of green tires, performance, safety and premium original equipment, award-winning hybrids design-concepts as well as a new generation of airless, almost entirely recyclable tyres are further highlights on the Hankook Tire’s booth.

There is an increasing demand for innovative and smart solutions by suppliers to optimise vehicle efficiency within the automobile industry. In addition to safety and comfort, features like environmental-friendliness and sustainability are becoming ever more important.

Hankook i-Flex A futuristic design concept, the Hankook i-Flex is an airless wheel and tyre, all in one. Aiming to keep losses to a minimum when converting energy, Hankook Tire’s engineers have reconceptualised the automobile tyre. With the Hankook Tire’s i-Flex,the company presents the prototype of a non-pneumatic tire that will help increase the overall efficiency of vehicles thereby improving their energy balance.

With 95 percent of its construction being recyclable, the Hankook i-Flex is made from polyurethane synthetics, with the tyre manufactured in conjunction with its rim as one unit. It is considerably lighter than conventional wheel-tire combinations and does not require air like conventional pneumatic tyres, able to offer shock absorbency through the unique design. Fuel consumption and noise emissions are thus optimised while simultaneously increasing vehicle safety.

Displayed at the Frankfurt show on an ABT-tuned Volkswagen Up!, the Hankook i-Flex tyre specification is 155/590 14 (155mm wide, 590mm diameter, 14-inch ‘simulated’ wheel size). Through Hankook Tire’s hands-on display and video guides, visitors to the Frankfurt show can alter the colours of the Hankook i-Flex.

At the 65th IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung), September 12-22, in Frankfurt, premium tyre manufacturer Hankook Tire will present its latest innovations, production-ready prototypes and trend-setting tire concepts designed to meet the demands of future mobility, in Hall 8, Stand 24.

About Hankook Tire Hankook Tire is the leading and one of the fastest growing tyre companies in the world. As a tyre manufacturer dedicated to contribute to advancement in driving, Hankook Tire intensively invests in research and development via five R&D centres around the world. Applying the newest innovative technologies and solutions, it produces superior quality and high performance radial tyres for passenger cars, 4x4s, SUVs, light trucks, campers, trucks, buses and motorsports at its seven manufacturing facilities in four different countries. Hankook Tire currently employs approximately 20,000 people around the world, and its products are available worldwide in over 180 countries.