Hyundai N Performance at Nürburgring 24hrs

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At last, the first Hyundai N Performance model is making its presence at the Nürburgring 24 hours race.

After so many spy pictures with camouflage we finally get to see the i30 N Performance not only just showcasing the car but actually running through the Nürburgring June 26th to 29th.

Hyundai will be using 3 models at this race, the based model i30 with 1.6l turbocharged engine, the Veloster and the N Performance i30 2.0 Turbocharged engine development car.

Hyundai N Performance

 

The i30 1.6T will be racing for its class but the N Performance model will be there to further develop this car with this engine and the future of Hyundai’s sub-brand models.

“This Nürburgring 24h race provides the ideal test bed for our motorsport-inspired N sub-brand development and a key part of our ‘born in Namyang, honed at Nürburgring’ performance-car ethos. The technological inspiration and experience gained from this extreme testing will accelerate our development of high-performance, fun-to-drive N models.” – Albert Biermann

Hyundai N Performance

This N Performance model is around 40% of the development i30 2.0 turbo has many things new, such as the developed engine, enhanced transmission, suspension, dampers, plus upgrades on wherls, steering, wider fender and safety features that are a must in motor racing.

 

Cars at the Nürburgring 24hrs race will complete 150 laps on the 25.4km circuit for a total of 4,250km of excitement. The i30 2.0 turbo will be raced by a test driver who has done Hyundai Motor’s endurance test at the Nordschleife, Bruno Beulen. His partner will be Michael Bohrer, another specialist at Nordschleife, as well as Alexander Köppen and Rory Pentinnen.

While the Hyundai Motor team is keen on achieving a strong result, the core focus of the development car is to gather motor-racing experience to enhance future mass production of N sub-brand performance cars.

Now is this something the car enthusiast were hoping for? Do you feel this Hyundai first attempt is on the right path for the N Performance future? Will current Elantra/Avante, Veloster and Genesis coupe owners consider buying this car?

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  • Denis Rousseau

    N-teresting!

  • Luke

    I don’t know who’s designing these logos, but the N logo and Genesis logo both look far too generic.

  • Phil

    Rather than coming across as blatantly ripping off BMW on the performance trim naming scheme, they should have stuck to R Spec. Sounds cooler than, “N”.

    • bd

      Eh, Audi has R, RS and S, Cadillac has V, Lexus has F and Infiniti will be using a red S.

      • bd

        Genesis will be getting its own performance moniker.

  • Denis Rousseau

    whatever logos at Hyundai, they are all ways bad!
    R Spec make me lol! At Hyundai it sound more like Road Spec than Racing Spec!