Published on May 26th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Hyundai to Run a Development Car During Nurburgring 24h Endurance Race
Hyundai Motor will run three cars at the iconic Nurburgring 24h Race, taking place from May 26 to 29, as part of the company’s motorsport-inspired development of its high performance sub-brand ‘N’. Hyundai Motor will race two production-car-based models – i30 1.6 Turbo (#133) and a Veloster (#134).
Interestingly, they will also run an i30 2.0 Turbo development car.
The i30 2.0 Turbo (#102) development car will concentrate on enhancing understanding of performance technologies ahead of Hyundai Motor’s future high-performance N sub-brand models. The i30 2.0 Turbo will run to tackle the challenging German circuit in an intensive test of the new performance-focused powerplant.
Around 40% of the development i30 2.0 Turbo is new with its newly-developed engine, plus enhanced transmission, suspension, dampers, in addition to upgrades in other areas as wheels, steering, wider fenders and the safety features that are obligatory in motor racing.
In September 2015, Hyundai Motor presented the prospect of its future performance N sub-brand models focused on delivering maximum driving pleasure to true motoring enthusiasts. With this goal in mind and as part of the ‘born at Namyang, honed at Nürburgring’ programme, development engineers and technicians have, for several years, carried-out ‘accelerated endurance tests’ with its production cars and now use the Nürburgring also for intense tuning of the N high-performance vehicles.