NEW ECSTA HS51 SCORES HIGHLY
Kumho’s all-new high-performance tyre, the ECSTA HS51, earned itself a top five placing and was awarded a ‘Recommended’ rating in a recent test by ACE Lenkrad magazine.
The HS51 won the plaudits of the publication for its ‘strong wet road performance’, having scored the highest marks of all 12 tyres when it came to the event’s aquaplaning and wet braking challenges. Ultimately, the Kumho HS51 was only beaten overall by products from Goodyear, Continental, Dunlop and Pirelli.
ACE Lenkrad is the monthly publication of Germany’s highly influential Auto Club Europa – the magazine has a circulation of 560,000 copies per issue and a readership of 1.3 million people. The test was conducted on a Peugeot 308 for ACE by GTÜ – Germany’s largest private institute of technical inspection – and comprised six wet condition categories and three dry ones, plus those concerning external noise and rolling resistance.
This long-established Finnish publication put 15 makes of tyre in 205/55 R16 size to the test on a Volkswagen Golf. The Kumho HS51 outperformed all the competition in the aquaplaning discipline and was third overall in the wet braking challenge. Together with several rival products it also scored the highest grade for comfort and, further proving its all-round ability, achieved a top six result in 67 per cent of the nine disciplines.
A monthly magazine with a circulation in excess of 150,000, Tekniikan Maailma is Scandinavia’s largest technology publication, 50 percent of which is devoted to motoring matters.
The ECSTA HS51 features a solid rib-type design for improved wet road braking, four prominent circumferential grooves for optimum water displacement, and wide lateral ones for enhanced wet weather steering. HS51 is the replacement for the much vaunted Kumho ECSTA KH31 and is available for 15 to 18 inch rims, in widths from 185 to 245mm, and V and W speed ratings.