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Back on Track: Hankook & Formula E Official Test in Valencia  

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Hankook & Formula E Official Test in Valencia. Photo Hankook Tire & Technology

Following Hankook Tire & Technology’s successful first season as the official technical partner and tire supplier of the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Season 10 got underway on October 24.

From October 24 to October 27, the manufacturers, drivers, and partners were at Circuit Ricardo Tormo on the outskirts of Valencia, Spain, to prepare for the coming season. Similar to last year, Mexico City will host the opening round of the world championship on January 13, 2024.

Hankook Tire Motorsport Director, Manfred Sandbichler said, “Our first year as an official tire partner of the Formula E World Championship was very successful. The Hankook iON Race demonstrated great potential and a very high level of consistency in diverse weather conditions and on tracks with different characteristics. In Season 9, the tires were new to all teams. We were also unable to call on any reference data, as Hankook Tires were used for the first time at the Formula E circuits around the world. It is now a different story in our second season, as we are familiar with most tracks. Together with the teams, we will use the data analyzed to ensure the Hankook iON Race performs at its very best again.”

Formula E tire

The standard Formula E tire, the Hankook iON Race, enjoyed a successful world premiere last season and will support the drivers without any further modifications in Season 10. Felix Kinzer, Hankook Tire Communications Director explained, “We have not made any changes to our tire for the coming season. However, the tire fully meets the specifications of Formula E and further, the compound and construction functioned wonderfully.”

Formula E continues to be popular around the world and the number of fans is growing. The 16 races which made up the 2023 Formula E World Championship were watched live on TV by more than 225 million viewers. Almost 10 million more than last season. During the race in Portland, fans witnessed 403 overtaking maneuvers—a new record. “We are heading the right way to establish Formula E as the most exciting and innovative motorsport for fans, whilst at the same time making it the most sustainable sport in the world,” said Jeff Dodds, Managing Director of Formula E.

You can find the latest Hankook Press Kit for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, looking ahead to the new season here.

 

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