"Born in Namyang, refined on the Nürburgring", so they could explain the letter N, the Hyundai name his new sub-brand for sporty cars has chosen (in the Korean Namyang research and development center of the company's headquarters are located). One could also say m is N as Chief for the development of high-performance models at Hyundai is none other than Albert Biermann. And previously, he was responsible for the development of the M vehicles from BMW. We have spoken Biermann in the European technical center of Hyundai at the Nürburgring.
The label "Nürburgring approved" (tested on the Nürburgring) is estimated by car drivers in the world. So Hyundai has built a 3,600 square meter test area in an industrial park just off the ring, operated by the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The test team benefited from 73 curves, gradients of up to 17 per cent and an altitude difference of about 300 metres. So-called "accelerated life testing" include 480 Nordschleife laps (about 10,000 km), will be completed within a few weeks. Because these tests are extremely hard and intense, this a mileage of 150,000 kilometers is in daily road traffic.
On the occasion of the 24-hour race 2016 Hyundai gave a first look at the upcoming Golf GTI opponents of the brand in the Technology Center. In the modern Hall was a still disguised Hyundai i30 N. The vehicle has a two liter turbo under the hood, while the strongest current motor in the i30 is a 1.6-liter turbo with 186 Horsepower, which accelerated the car in eight seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, and 219 km/h fast. This machine is used in the Coupé Veloster Turbo with similar performance.
To the performance data of the two-litre turbo Baker wanted to express not closer. He argued only that you not wanted to go to the outer limits, first, the motto of the company is to drive a 10-year-old car yet as well as on the first day and second Hyundai grant a five-year warranty. Ultimately, performance is not the most important factor, but the driving pleasure, the car offers. Also, the vehicle for young buyers to remain affordable. After all, it is in a video clip to see how a meter at the engine testing indicates 263.9 HP and a torque of 308.9 Newton meters. So we go out at the final i30 N from 260 to 270 HP. The market launch is scheduled in the year 2017.
Was allowed on the vehicle, which was on a lift, but not to be photographed up close, Biermann said more specifics: Links front and rear stiffen it under the car. Clutch circuit will be improved and adjusted to the output, because "The switch has to be fun". Also high-performance tires and a specially tuned ABS including EDC will be used. Technical treats are an electronically controlled slip differential for the drive shaft, as well as a so-called "smart damping control system" (SDC). Special Sport bucket seats, in which great rider can wear a helmet, should complete the sporty offering.
A development vehicle with the new two-liter turbo was used at the 24-hour race then, whose Leistung probably around 300 PS must have had. Also most of the other components of the next i30 N were installed in this car. Of the 159 started racing cars at the Nürburgring, the i30 2.0 saw Turbo after 24 hours on the 90th overall the chequered flag. The driver Bruno covered 91 laps or 2.309,39 kilometers bumps from Belgium, Michael Bohrer, Alexander Köppen and Rory Pentinnen from Finland. The fastest lap was 9: 55.636 minutes under the ten-minute mark.
On race weekends, 185,000 spectators to the ring came to experience the racing live. More than 12,000 Motorsport fans pushed to the section Brünnchen in the "Hyundai N fan area" the three Hyundai cars the thumb, the i30 2.0 Turbo, a production-based i30 1.6 Turbo and a Veloster 1.6 Turbo. All vehicles were the target. The Veloster Turbo after 2013 once again the class victory achieved.
"The 24-hour race on the Nürburgring is the ideal test environment for our sub brand N inspired by motor racing. The technological inspiration, which we receive through this extreme test, helps us to accelerate the development of our N-models", Albert Biermann said at the conclusion. (ph)