Hyundai tests i30 N in VLN 24-hour endurance race

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Engineers from the OEM’s R&D center in Namyang, South Korea, and European facilities traveled to Germany to refine the i30 N ahead of its launch later this year.

Hyundai Motor’s close-to-production i30 N, the first model from Hyundai’s high-performance sub-brand N, entered the VLN endurance race at the Nürburgring in Germany, which took place on April 8. The auto maker also has plans to enter the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race at the Nürburgring at the end of May with two cars.

Albert Biermann, Hyundai Motor head of vehicle test and high performance development, said, “We want our high performance brand to have considerable racing pedigree so it is important that we compete with minimal modifications. Nürburgring is where the i30 N has undergone much of its testing and chassis development.”

The cars that Hyundai Motor will enter in the race are both equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo engine and six-speed manual transmission – the same powertrain and transmission setup that will be used in the production i30 N. As they race the car, Hyundai Motor engineers will identify areas for further refinement and potential performance enhancements for the i30 N.

April 11, 2017

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