Checking In With Kumho Tires

Whether a driver is looking for a tire to get from point A to point B with confidence or some rubber to dominate the racetrack, there isn’t much need to look much further than Kumho Tires. For more than 50 years, Kumho has been setting the standard for tire technology, continuously pushing the limits of science and physics.

Whether you’re hitting the track or just getting around town, Kumho Tires will get you there with confidence. But don’t just take our word for it, Kumho was named the official tire of the NBA in February and even has been the official tire sponsor of the Manchester United football team in England.

A Little Kumho Tires History

Kumho Tires has plenty of reasons to call themselves innovators. For nearly half of a century, Kumho has been dominating the aftermarket with innovative and affordable tire formulas and designs. Formerly known as Samyang Tire, the company was founded in 1960 in Yang-dong, Kwangju City, South Korea.

  • As a new tire company, Samyang begun producing on a relatively small scale, cranking out about 20 tires each day using manual labor.
  • In 1963, Samyang hit its first national milestone by producing the first compact passenger car tire manufactured in Korea.
  • By 1973, the company created tires with Uniroyal Tires in the Unites States.
  • In 1976, Kumho tested its first airline tire and produced one million tires, producing 20 million tires per year by 1980.
  • Ten years later, production reached 100 million tires per year.
  • In 1996, Samyang Tires officially became Kumho Tires and about ten years later moved its headquarters to Cucamonga, Cal. in 2005. Today, Kumho is the 9th largest tire manufacturer in the world.
Today Kumho has two well-liked tires that are popular in the racing world. Check them out below.

The Ecsta MX

If Kumho’s impressive history has you hooked, why not give them a try? An obvious choice is the Kumho Ecsta MX. This high-performance tire is stocked full of impressive features to ensure top performance, no matter the driver.

The Ecsta MX’s traction and temperature ratings measure up with the highest in the industry. Featuring advanced slice tread keeps your car under control no matter the weather. With the tire’s oversized circumferential and lateral grooves, water almost is never an issue when out hitting the track or the streets. The directional tread design ensures you’re first off the line and also the first one to stop. And, if considering some shiny, stylish rims, no need to worry about sidewall damage to your tire, as the Ecsta MX features a sidewall safeguard to prevent unwanted abrasion.

The Ecsta SX

If your wheels are just for the track, Kumho Ecsta XS tires are perfect for your vehicle. No matter the speed, the XS keeps your car under control around the tightest of corners. However, not only are these the ideal track tire, they’re also ideal for getting you there, back and everywhere in between. The XS’ low-void asymmetric tread pattern with circumferential grooving offers high cornering grip, while ultra-fine black compounding offers maximum traction.

Whether you go with the Ecsta or a different line of Kumho tires, you can rest assured that you’re buying a quality product. Available in countries around the world, Kumho tires have been researched, developed and tested by the top engineers in the world to provide ultimate traction, minimal road noise and extreme performance. If you’re not convinced, take a look at the rubber that the fastest cars on the racetrack are running, you might be surprised to the name “Kumho” on more than a few.

By Sean Bowes
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