Hyundai sub-brand gets torture test

Hyundai sub-brand gets torture test

Hyundai is giving the development car that will become one of its motorsport-inspired ’N’ models an epic torture test this weekend.

The Korean manufacturer has chosen a very public forum as part of the development of the i30 2.OL Turbo N – the epic Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race.

The key part of this in-competition testing regime is the trial-by-fire of its performance powertrain.

Approximately 40% of the components that make up the i30’s ’N recipe’ brand new to the specially-tuned road warrior – a big boost, big power 2.0L engine, dramatically toughened and tweaked transmission, big brakes, suspension arms and geometry, race dampers, steering rack upgrade, lightweight race wheels and puffed-up guards, there’s a lot to monitor.

“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,” said Albert Biermann, the company’s testing and high performance development boss.

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 Head of Vehicle Test and High Performance Development.

Many manufacturers test at the Nurburgring facility and some even build their bases there – like the 3600sq-metre Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre.

The technical team based in Germany takes advantage of the Nordschleife’s 73 corners, gradients of up to 17% and a difference in altitude of some 300 metres, in order to perform a host of demanding tests. The ‘accelerated endurance tests’ consist of 480 Nordschleife laps (10,000km), completed over the course in just a few weeks. The intensity of the test, according to engineers, simulates more than 150,000km in typical daily traffic.

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