Hankook Ventus R-S3 (Version 2)235/45ZR18
Beginning with 2014 production (DOT ending in “14”), Hankook Tire introduced a new updated tread compound for Ventus R-S3 tires. In order to help identify them, we’ve nicknamed Ventus R-S3 tires produced after the beginning of 2014 as Version 2 (even though it will not be branded on the tire’s sidewall, nor printed on its label).
Ventus R-S3 Version 2 (Z222) Extreme Performance Summer tires were developed for serious sports car, sports coupe and performance sedan enthusiasts looking for race-minded street tires that can also meet the demands of autocross, drifting and track events. Designed to further reduce the performance gap between street and track tires, the Ventus R-S3 Version 2, like all Extreme Performance Summer tires, is not intended to be serviced, stored or driven in near- and below-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.
The new updated Racing Carbonblack Silica Compound (RCSC) technology allows the Ventus R-S3 Version 2 to retain its 200 Treadwear UTQG rating, as well as reach favorable operating temperatures quicker produce more grip in damp/wet conditions.
The tire’s directional tread design is comprised of large shoulder blocks, notched intermediate ribs and a wide center rib to deliver constant road contact and enhance the tire’s handling capabilities. While wide circumferential center grooves, narrower outboard grooves and multiple lateral grooves help evacuate water to promote wet traction, longitudinal and lateral hydroplaning resistance will be challenged if heavy rain or standing water is encountered. Drivers should drive cautiously at reduced speeds in these conditions.
The tire’s internal structure includes two wide steel belts reinforced by nylon to provide strength and high-speed capability while two-ply polyester sidewalls help resist lateral direction to provide responsive handling and cornering stability.