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