SEOUL, South Korea (July 15, 2015) — Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. has completed ride and handling tests for its latest non-pneumatic tire (NPT), the Hankook iFlex, which it said is made using eco-friendly materials.
Hankook said it has been working on developing an NPT since 2011. The iFlex is the fifth NPT concept tire that the company has released.
The tire maker said it has put the iFlex through a serious of rigorous tests designed to push the tires to their limits in five categories: durability, hardness, stability, slalom and speed. In the speed test, the electric car equipped with iFlex tires reached 81 mph. The results in all five categories demonstrated that the NPTs could match conventional tires in terms of performance, Hankook claims.