Based on a research started back in 2011, the NPTs – as their name suggests – do not require air pressure and would potentially allow all of the practical benefits of conventional air pressure tires while simultaneously enhancing their high speed tire characteristics.
The company put the iFlex through a serious of tests designed to push the tires to their limits in five categories: durability, hardness, stability, slalom (zigzag) and speed.
In the speed test, the electric car equipped with iFlex tires reached 130km/h.
As the company reports, “the impressive results in all five categories demonstrated that the NPTs could match conventional tires in terms of performance.”
Construction of the iFlex is centered on a new type of uni-material designed to maximize the tire’s eco-friendly potential.
The new polyurethane material used during product construction significantly enhances the energy efficiency and allows the iFlex to be recycled with greater ease.
Thanks to the integration of the construction techniques, the manufacturing process was simplified from eight stages to just four, thus further reducing the carbon footprint.
Hankook Tire currently has a number of projects underway that are centered on developing future-oriented tire products. For example, ‘The Next Driving Lab,’ a brand campaign that was initiated in 2013, is operated primarily to let talented engineers and designers bring to life their wildest futuristic dreams for innovative driving experiences. Likewise, Hankook Tire collaborates every two years with world-renowned design schools to host the ‘Design Innovation’ project. This project allows students to propose and study future tire concepts designed at generating safer, more reliable, and more advanced tire.