Hankook opens South Korea Technoring proving ground
Hankook Tire has opened the Technoring, a new proving ground in Taean, South Korea, stated to be the largest proving ground in Asia. The proving ground is also equipped with a control tower, office buildings, workshops, fueling stations and electric vehicle charging stations. “Tires, being the only media in a vehicle that makes contact with the road surface, is the key for maximizing vehicle performance, providing safety, satisfying fuel efficiency and driving comfort. With data accumulated from testing at the Technoring, Hankook also plans to accelerate its digital transformation. ①High-speed ovalThe high-speed main circuit consists of 4 lane tracks with a total length of 4.
②Vehicle dynamics area / skid padThe vehicle dynamics area and skid pad test steering stability and performance limits through slalom tests, lane changes and tests on roundabouts (traffic circles). ③Dry handling circuitThe dry handling circuit tests handling performance on dry surfaces and is 3. ⑥RideDesigned to test ride comfort when driving, the 970m-long ride track comprises four lanes and 15 road surfaces including national highways, asphalt, brick roads, and more. ⑦BrakingThe braking course consists of four dry lanes and four wet lanes of various road surfaces made of asphalt, concrete and other materials. ⑧Hydroplaning straightThe 150m hydroplaning straight allows hydroplaning tests under various wet road conditions by adjusting depth of water ranging from 1mm to 10mm.
⑨Pass by noiseThe 920m-long track is designed to carry out tire noise tests to meet the requirements of car manufacturers and ISO certification. ⑩Noise vibration harshnessThis 700m-long course is designed to measure tire noise. ⑫Off-roadFeaturing various obstacles such as puddles and boulders, the course is designed to test off-road tire performance.
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