Hankook Europe Technical Centre (ETC) new branch, intends to offer employees optimal conditions during development of real-world testing of high-end tyres.
New Branch Office at Nürburgring
In the presence of Hankook management, the Nürburgring Workshop was officially opened in Meuspath in the district of Ahrweiler in the southwest of Germany. The decision to invest in a dedicated field office in the immediate vicinity of what is probably the world’s most demanding race track, located in the Eifel region, also took into account the massive growth in the volume of Hankook’s premium original equipment used on high-performance vehicles.
As an original equipment partner of renowned car manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen, as well as their performance subsidiaries, Hankook has been carrying out extensive tests on the legendary Nordschleife, where it tests its UUHP tyres (Ultra-Ultra-High-Performance), specially developed for use as original equipment. Especially in the sports car segment, the “Green Hell”, as it is known, offers ideal conditions for extensive test drives to ensure the tyres meet the respective demanding requirements of vehicle manufacturers and their customers. These final product tests are also an integral part of the process and are a clearly defined as a decisive acceptance criterion for many high-end vehicles.
“Opening our workshop in the immediate vicinity of the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife enables us to carry out performance and load tests much more efficiently, which are increasingly important in the field of high-performance road vehicles. This enables us to ensure that we offer our customers the best possible products with the highest level of performance,” says Andreas Pürschel, Head of the European Hankook Test Team at the Research and Development Centre in Hanover.