WAYNE, N.J. (March 7, 2003)—With the goal of securing a higher share of the ultra-high performance market, Hankook Tire America Corp. has introduced the Ventus Z211 R-Compound racing tire.
Designed in a joint effort between Hankook's research facilities in South Korea and its Akron Technical Center in the U.S., the tire is designed to provide exceptional grip for racetrack driving, Wayne-based Hankook said. R-compounds, referred to as “sticky” compounds, were incorporated into the tire to provide the grip that racers need. The tire has a UTQG rating of 50/AA/A.
Hankook also is promoting the tire's grip on both wet and dry surfaces. The Ventus Z211 R-Compound is designed and molded at 7/32-inch skid depth for wet traction, though it can be shaved to a depth of 3/32 inches for a tighter grip on dry surfaces, Hankook said.
The tire is currently available in one size, 205/50ZR15, with 11 others in development ranging in size from 205/60VR13 to 335/35ZR17.
Hankook will supply the tire as the spec tire for the Sports Car Club of America's Mazda Miata North American Cup Series. Hankook last month entered the U.S. road-racing arena when it was selected as the spec tire for the racing venture. Hankook will provide the Ventus Z211 R-Compound racing tire to all competitors in the series, which includes races on the East and West coasts.
“The development of the Ventus Z211 R-compound racing tire marks an important development in our effort to capture a larger share of the high performance market and in our drive to create products for the growing racing enthusiast market,” said Young Moon Park, marketing manager at Hankook.