Hankook, the Korean tyre manufacturer has successfully completed its ride and handling tests for its latest tyres, called the Hankook iFlex, that run without air.
As the tyres are called non-pneumatic tyre (NPT), they do not require air pressure to run. The tyre is made using eco-friendly materials.
The company has been working toward the development of NPTs that achieve all of the practical benefits of conventional air pressure tyres while simultaneously enhancing their high speed tyre characteristics.
The company put the iFlex through a series of rigorous tests designed to push the tyres to their limits in five categories: durability, hardness, stability, slalom (zigzag) and speed.
In the speed test, an electric car equipped with the iFlex tyres reached 130 km/h. The results in all five categories were impressive. These tests also demonstrated that the NPTs could match conventional tyres in terms of performance.
The materials used during construction of the product significantly enhances the energy efficiency and allows the iFlex to be recycled with greater ease.