Neuville tests hyper Hyundai i30 N up by Arctic Circle

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HYUNDAI TESTING ON ICE: Image: Hyundai / Quckpic
HYUNDAI TESTING ON ICE: The Hyundai i30 has proved very popular in South Africa – a situation that could improve further soon should the i30 N high-performance model be introduced.  It’s been undergoing testing on a frozen lake close to the Arctic Circle. Image: Hyundai / Quckpic

ARJEPLOG, Sweden – Hyundai’s i30 N, the automaker’s first high-performance model, has been tested here on a frozen lake in temperatures as low as -30°C by FIA World Rally driver Thierry Neuville as part of its final development programme.

The car will be launched in the second half of 2017 as Hyundai’s first N model but drawing on the brand’s motorsport experience and its “fast-growing” expertise in high-performance vehicle development to deliver maximum fun on road and track.

HYUNDAI TESTING ON ICE: Image: Hyundai / Quckpic
HYUNDAI TESTING ON ICE: Rally ace Thierry Neuville parka’d up and ready to go in Sweden. Image: Hyundai / Quckpic

According to a comment on YouTube, the initial i30 N will be front-wheel drive (watch the video below for wheel-spin) and capable of 195kW though a 262kW all-wheel drive unit could also be introduced with a nine-speed direct-shift gearbox in 2019.


Hyundai Motor Europe’s Technical Centre ran the winter test at the edge of the Arctic Circle with the focus on the i30 N’s performance and handling, adjusting the set-up to ensure it will be a performance vehicle for everybody.

The team worked with Neuville to develop and tune dynamic systems and to test the stability control, limited-slip differential, steering, shock-absorbers, , suspension and tyres.

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Neuville said later: “Our engineers have done a good job on the gearbox and the differential. There is good traction and stability in the slippery testing conditions and it’s very easy to handle.

“A normal driver should get a sensation similar to a race car.”

The i30 N will be the third member of the i30 family, joining the five-door i30 and i30 Wagon launched at the 2017 Geneva auto show though it features in the high-performance N line-up in 2015 at Frankfurt.

VIDEO: Watch Neuville and the new Hyundai in action on ice

A media release explained: “The car builds on Hyundai’s successful motorsport experience and technology to drive forward future performance-orientated and track-capable models and bring ‘the most thrilling winding road’ fun to buyers who truly love cars.

“It capitalises on Hyundai Motor’s fast-growing strength and signifies the pace of change within the brand, whose ambition is to challenge perceptions by making real and emotional connections with customers.”

HYUNDAI TESTING ON ICE: Image: Hyundai / Quckpic
HYUNDAI TESTING ON ICE: Thierry Neuville ( in the blue parka) discussing test tactics with the team in Sweden.  Image: Hyundai / Quickpic

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