Matt, Value Tyres Marketing Manager, and our Sales Representative Mathew, visited Megatyre this morning with lots of news about their new tyres. Top of the list was the exciting new Hankook K117 S1 Evo2 asymmetric; its a bit of a mouthful, but its one heck of a fantastic tyre.
We reviewed the construction of the K117 in some depth and Matt revealed some of its particularly innovative features. Amazingly the K117 has intercoolers on its shoulders to dissipate heat with the benefit of longer tyre life. Also, there are wheel alignment indicators on the sides of the tread; these are very fine indentations in the tread on each side which should wear down simultaneously. If the wear indicators are wearing down on only one side of the tyre, it is an indication you need to have a wheel alignment – quick! Another unique feature of the K117 are the twin mini ribs to be found down in the bottom of the tread grooves for the purpose of heat dissipation for longer tyre life and water evacuation for safer wet weather performance.
Not satisfied with this tour de force, Mathew told me how the K117 has a triple driveline or triple layered block pattern in a staircase arrangemnt to increase the surface area of the tyre in contact with the road surface as tread depth declines through use.
Hankook are building incredible new technology into their new tyres with the benefits of lower rolling resistance and fuel consumption and longer tyre life with enhanced on road performance. Expect to be seeing the K117 as original equipment on many new prestige cars soon.
Megatyre Limited, Browns Bay, Auckland. www.megatyre.co.nz