Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race Witness the Prowess of the Hyundai high-performance prototypes
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Hyundai’s new high-performance N sub-brand is planned to be launched globally in Autumn. The company is now even closer to finalising its first car after two i30 N prototypes completed the gruelling ADAC Zurich 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in Germany. The two cars covered 6,000km at racing speeds, completing a total of 240 laps, and proving that the engineering planned for production cars is truly at home on the race track.
The race runs on a 25km circuit that combines the Nürburgring’s infamous Nordschleife, or ‘North Loop’, and parts of the Grand Prix Circuit used for Formula One. The ADAC Zurich 24-hour race was an intense and very public test for the engineers developing Hyundai’s N models. It attracts more than 205,000 fans over the course of the weekend, many camping in the forest surrounding the racetrack to stay close to the action. On the track, 156 cars battled in a race where it’s not enough just to be fast, cars and teams also have to be tough enough to survive to the end.
Hyundai entered two i30 N test cars, with race numbers 92 and 95, in the SP3T class for 1.6- to 2.0-liter turbocharged engines. One of the cars lost time for repairs after an accident, both reached the end of the race without any technical difficulties, with the number-92 car completing 135 laps and number-95 completing 105 laps during the 24 hours. The cars together completed 6,000 kilometres under the toughest race conditions, through day and night, delivering valuable insights into the cars’ chassis, engine performance, and overall durability.
In addition, the number-92 Hyundai finished 5 within its class out of 14 contenders, and 52nd overall, including classes for much more powerful race cars. In all, just 109 cars finished the race.
The two cars were equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and six-speed manual transmission. The same powertrain combination will be applied in the Hyundai i30 N production model. Race modifications focused mainly on the drivers’ safety, featuring an FIA homologated roll cage, a fire extinguisher, and a race seat. For enhanced grip and braking performance, the cars were fitted with racing tires and race brakes. The vehicle’s exterior was fitted with a front splitter and rear spoiler to enhance aerodynamics and increase downforce.
The Hyundai i30 N will be Hyundai’s first high-performance model under the N sub-brand. The ‘N’ logo resembles a chicane, representing the ultimate driving experience on winding roads.The ‘N’ stands for Namyang, Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Centre in Korea, and for the Nürburgring, home to Hyundai Motor’s European Test Centre.