Hankook con­cepts win awards

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Hankook Tire’ Til­tread and eMem­brane con­cept tyres, de­signed and pro­duced in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Univer­sity of Cincin­nati, have been awarded the In­ter­na­tional De­sign Ex­cel­lence Awards (IDEA) 2014 in the trans­porta­tion cat­e­gory.

That means Hankook has now won the world’s top three de­sign awards, the oth­ers be­ing the Red Dot De­sign Award and the iF De­sign Award.

Hankook’s award-win­ning Til­tread max­imises per­for­mance in high­pow­ered ve­hi­cles to keep pace with ad­vanc­ing car en­gine tech­nol­ogy.

The tilt­ing sys­tem equipped with par­ti­tioned tyres and au­to­matic con­trol sus­pen­sion max­imises the con­tact area of each par­ti­tioned tyre and low­ers a car’s body by tilt­ing the shaft dur­ing cor­ner­ing, which en­ables safe and pow­er­ful turns.

Also, Til­tread’s three par­ti­tioned non-pneu­matic tires are punc­tur­ere­sis­tant from the out­set and also pos­sess high dura­bil­ity and elas­tic­ity for out­stand­ing cor­ner­ing.

An­other award-win­ning eMem­brane, de­scribed as a smart hy­brid con­cept, is a multi-use tyre for both per­for­mance and nor­mal city driv­ing.

By us­ing shape mem­ory al­loys that change the con­tact ra­tio of the tyre ac­cord­ing to a car’s speed, eMem­brane’s tread is de­signed to pro­duce min­i­mal road con­tact area and ground fric­tion when driv­ing at low speeds, en­hanc­ing fuel ef­fi­ciency with re­duced rolling re­sis­tance.

When driv­ing at high speeds, the tread cen­tre ex­tends to gen­er­ate max­i­mum ground fric­tion with wider ground con­tact area, max­imis­ing grip power to ex­e­cute dy­namic cor­ner­ing and per­for­mance driv­ing.

Also, in or­der to make it eas­ier to sig­nal the changes in eMem­brane’s driv­ing modes, an LED alarm sys­tem is fit­ted in the tyre’s side­wall and trans­mit­ted to the driver.

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