Hankook to replace Michelin as FE tyre supplier
The FIA has confirmed that Hankook will replace Michelin as the official tyre partner of the Formula E World Championship when the sport’s Gen3 car is introduced in 2022.
The Korean firm will use the deal at the centre of its international campaigns, to highlight its commitment to sustainability and environmental protection. As such, the new tyres, which are being developed specifically for the championship, will contain bio-sourced material and sustainable rubber in their construction. As with Michelin’s current tyres, Hankook’s tyres will be all-weather, and be used in both wet and dry conditions.
The company, which currently supplies the DTM and the W Series, was considered a relative outsider for the deal, with the new contract representing Hankook’s highest profile motorsport involvement to date.
“The tender process for selecting suppliers of the chassis, battery and tyres overcame all the expectations and the submissions were compared in relation to their compliance with the technical, environmental, commercial and financial requirements,” said the FIA in a statement.
“The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council recently voted on the bids and Spark Racing Technology will continue producing the common chassis, including the front powertrain kit, Williams Advanced Engineering will be responsible for the battery system whilst the Gen3 will be fitted with all-weather Hankook Tire & Technology tyres.”
Hankook’s chief operating officer Sooil Lee, added: “All our employees worldwide are very proud that Hankook has been selected by the FIA following tender process and FIA World Motor Sport Council approval as the future tyre and technology partner for the FIA Formula E Championship.
“Our company coincides with Formula E’s move towards sustainable growth and we are excited to be a part of this journey as their Gen3 partner.
“It is impressive how the FIA and the FIA Formula E Championships are addressing climate change and air pollution in our urban environments by promoting the adoption of electric vehicles through this all-electric race series and bringing it to the attention of a broad global audience.”