The FIA has chosen the Korean tyre agency because the profitable candidate after launching a young course of in July this 12 months for a interval overlaying 2025-2027.
Hankook will take over the provision of tyres to the WRC from Pirelli, who received the earlier tender that expires on the finish of subsequent season, its final of a four-year tender. The Italian firm elected towards submitting a bid to proceed its involvement within the WRC.
“The WMSC has accepted the advice of the WRC Fee to nominate Hankook because the official tyre associate and provider to the FIA World Rally Championship for a three-year deal beginning in 2025,” learn a press release from the FIA.
“This choice follows an in depth tendering course of launched by the FIA in July primarily based on standards such because the provider’s capabilities, sustainability, technical high quality, price per tyre and advertising and marketing. Hankook will substitute Pirelli whose WRC single provider deal will conclude on the finish of the 2024 marketing campaign.”
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Autosport understands Hankook noticed off competitors from Michelin, who beforehand held the rights to provide rubber to the WRC from 2011-2020 as official provider. They have been joined by DMACK earlier than the agency exited the championship on the finish of 2017.
This will probably be Hankook’s first enterprise into the WRC. The tender will coincide with the primary 12 months of WRC’s anticipated new Rally1 regulation are more likely to be launched from 2027.
Hankook does have expertise in rallying having developed rally tyres because the 2000s. This 12 months the model was named because the official tyre provider to the Junior European Rally Championship.
As per the FIA tender, candidates should produce a minimal of two specs of gravel and tarmac tyres, a snow [studded] tyre and a tarmac winter tyre – one with studs (the place permitted) and one with out studs. These two variants could be differing kinds/compounds.