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Title 10/30/2012 - Hankook Tire Launches New Ventus S1 noble2 Ultra-High Performance All-Season Tire at SEMA 2012
Date 11/06/2012 Count 10979

Hankook Tire Launches New Ventus S1 noble2 Ultra-High Performance
All-Season Tire at SEMA 2012


New Product and Student 'Tire Design for the Future Environment' Competition Winners Highlighted at Company's SEMA Press Conference


Wayne, NJ - October 30, 2012 - At a press conference held at its booth (#43061) on the 2012 SEMA show floor, Hankook Tire America Corp. today unveiled its latest Ultra-High Performance All-Season tire, as well as the winners of its student 'Tire Design for the Future Environment' competition. Hankook's Ventus S1 noble2 is the company's latest Ultra-High Performance All-Season tire and is made from a new silica tread compound for improved wet grip and lower rolling resistance.

"Hankook is continuously introducing new technologies to the market, which not only further bolster our rapidly growing traction in the U.S. market, but also provide consumers with increased options for safe, fuel-efficient, high performance tires," said Soo Il Lee, President of Hankook Tire America Corp.

The new Ventus S1 noble2 features a triple-radius profile that maintains maximum grip under Ultra High Performance All-Season driving conditions, and offers lower rolling resistance for increased fuel efficiency. The tire was also developed through the use of 3D vibration analysis technology which produces an advanced mold profile, designed to deliver uniform contact pressure on the tire's center and shoulder blocks for secure braking performance. Straight rib blocks are applied to the outside of the tire to reduce road noise.

The Ventus S1 noble2 will be available to consumers beginning in March of 2013 in 40 sizes in many popular 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 inch fitments.

In addition to rolling out its latest tire, Hankook gave attendees a look at the future of tire technology. During its press conference, Hankook showcased for the first time the winning, innovative tire design mockups from its 'Tire Design for the Future Environment' competition. The three month competition, held this past spring for third year design students at the University of Cincinnati, tasked students with creating new tire designs based on their own visions of future cars, sustainability needs such as reducing and reusing raw materials used in tire production, and the importance of increasing tire efficiency and meeting specific tire performance targets. Hankook Tire America President Soo Il Lee presented awards to first place winner Ben Zavala for his "TILTRED" tilting tire design and to second place winner Mark Hearn for his "Motive" Off-Road design.

"The project brief asked our students to stretch their imagination about future cars, view the role of tires from new angles, and propose a new tire design accordingly," said University of Cincinnati Professor Raphael Zammit. "It was an all around great project and we are truly grateful to Hankook Tire for giving us the opportunity."

Ending its press conference, Hankook updated attendees and its Facebook friends on several initiatives. It officially concluded the 'Hankook Heroes' Facebook campaign by holding the first ever Hankook Heroes award ceremony which honored Derrelle Ruschel for the good he does using his car and tires. Derelle, a married husband of four children, was nominated by his wife for his dedication to his family and unending devotion to raising the couple's four boys.

Hankook also announced the launch of its new Facebook campaign, 'Models vs. Drivers'. In the campaign, which will kick-off on October 31, Hankook's Formula Drift models and drivers will compete in a battle for fans. Voters will be asked to pick a team to cheer for, and have the opportunity to win a meet-and-greet with the Hankook models or an in-car racetrack ride with a Hankook driver at a Formula Drift event of their choice. Voters of the team with the most fans will be entered to win the grand prize. For more information, please visit the Hankook USA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HankookUSA.


Image: Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Image: 1st Place "Tire Design For The Future Environment" Student Tire Design Winner, Ben Zavala

Image: 2nd Place "Tire Design For The Future Environment" Student Tire Design Winner, Mark Hearn

Image: 3rd Place "Tire Design For The Future Environment" Student Tire Design Winner, Miranda Steinhauser

Image: Honorable Mention "Tire Design For The Future Environment" Student Tire Design, Scott Lenkowsky

Image: Honorable Mention "Tire Design For The Future Environment" Student Tire Design, Richard Byrne.


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 deliver high quality, reliable products that are better for consumers and the environment. Headquartered in Wayne, N.J., Hankook Tire America Corp. markets and distributes a complete line of high performance and ultra-high performance passenger tires, light truck, SUV tires, as well as medium truck and bus tires in the United States.

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