Hankook has secured an exclusive tire supply contract for the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). The contract is scheduled to start in 2025 and last for three years.
The world-renowned company will be responsible for supplying tires to the leading Rally1 cars as well as those in the WRC2, WRC3 and FIA Junior WRC support competitions. Hankook’s appointment was approved following a vote by the FIA World Council on Wednesday and completes Pirelli’s three-year term.
Hankook has been a leading address in international sports for many years. In 2023 alone, the company played an important role in more than 50 series, notably as the exclusive tire partner for the Junior ERC category within the FIA European Rally Championship and the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
“We are delighted to open an exciting new page for the FIA World Rally Championship and welcome Hankook as our exclusive tire supplier for the next three years, starting in 2025,” said Peter Thul, Senior Sporting Director at WRC Promoter. “We also extend our sincere thanks to Pirelli for their valuable contributions over the past few seasons. Your cooperation was greatly appreciated.”
Sooil Lee, President and CEO of Hankook Tire & Technology, said: “The FIA World Rally Championship is one of the most exciting sports in the world with a rich history and a huge dedicated fan base. Hankook Tire is delighted and proud to be the new distributor and exclusive and WRC partner from 2025.”