KUMHO TIRE ANNOUNCES CONTRACT AWARDED TO BE THE OEM SUPPLIER FOR THE NEW 2016 DODGE VIPER ACR
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif, (July 21, 2015) – Chang-Kyu Kim, CEO of Kumho Tire, announced that the company has been awarded the OEM contract to be the sole tire supplier for the all-new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR; Dodge’s flagship supercar and the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever.
A specially designed version of Kumho Tire’s newest Ultra-High Performance Summer product, the Ecsta V720 has been selected by Dodge to be fitted onto the ACR model of the 5th generation Viper. The Ecsta V720 (Viper Edition) has tested to provide lap times that are 1.5 seconds faster than every other competitive benchmark tire due to its unique compound and tread design targeted specifically for the Dodge Viper ACR. A large road contact patch is provided with a staggered fitment of 295/25R19(F) and 355/30R19(R), which provides sustainable cornering even at 1.5-G’s.
The Ecsta V720 (Viper Edition) is constructed with reinforced outside shoulder blocks for driving stability and features an asymmetric pattern for increased stability and control. It has been optimized to provide the enthusiastic driving habits of Viper owners the confidence that they need to maximize their high-speed, aggressive travels on and off the track.
As an added feature, the Ecsta V720 (Viper Edition) is cosmetically designed with a unique sidewall showcasing the ACR logo along with a snakeskin detailed pattern.
The 2016 Dodge Viper joins a group of Fiat-Chrysler vehicles that are fitted with Kumho Tire’s, including the Chrysler 200, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Journey. Production of the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is slated to begin in July 2015 at FCA US Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
“It is a considerable feat for Kumho to supply OE tires for the Dodge Viper ACR since it means our technological prowess has been recognized in the global high-performance car market,” said Hyun-Ho Kim, Senior Vice President at Kumho Tire. “The Ecsta V720 holds great significance to us as it is built on our racing technology accumulated through the aggressive motorsport campaigns we have conducted over the years at home and abroad.”
ABOUT KUMHO TIRE
Founded in 1960, Kumho Tire has more than 50 years of history steeped in innovation, in management, technical development and environmental awareness that has positioned the Company as one of the world`s top 10 tire manufacturers. Distributed in 160 countries, Kumho Tire is dedicated to providing a top quality driving experience to consumers throughout the world. Headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Kumho Tire USA Inc. and Kumho Canada Inc. are the North American sales, marketing, product development, and distribution arm of Kumho Tire Co. Inc. For more information on Kumho Tire USA and Kumho Tire Canada and its products, please visit www.KumhoTireUSA.com and www.KumhoTire.ca.
Chris Han, Kumho Tire U.S.A., (909) 428-3395, CHan@KumhoTireUSA.com
Eunice Na, Kumho Tire Canada, (905) 564-0882 Ext. 109, Eunice@KumhoTire.ca