Hyundai tests i30 N prototype at the Nürburgring 24-hour race

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As part of the development of its new N brand of high-performance vehicles, Hyundai Motor recently ran three cars at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. This included two production car-based models – an i30 1.6 Turbo and a Veloster – as well as an i30 2.0 Turbo development car, of which around 40% is new.

The vehicle houses the company’s new performance-focused powerplant, an enhanced transmission, suspension, dampers, in addition to upgrades in other areas as wheels, steering, wider fenders and safety features.

“The technological inspiration and experience gained from this extreme testing will accelerate our development of high-performance, fun-to-drive N models,” said Albert Biermann, Hyundai Motor’s head of vehicle test and high performance development.

The i30 development vehicle is predominantly being used to gather racing experience and knowledge, which will be transferred into the mass production development of N sub-brand performance cars. For footage of the vehicle in action click here.

6 June, 2016

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