- Tests in Sweden over, i30 N tries Britain’s worst
- Modified i30 N units to race 2017 Nürburgring 24-Hour
- Engineers focus on everyday maximum driving fun
LONDON, England – The yet-to-be-launched Hyundai i30 N is continuing intensive development, this time on what the automaker says are the toughest roads in Britain.
Previous tests were done during the Swedish winter by World Rally championship driver Thierry Neuville, World Rally Championship driver. He’ll also be at the wheel in Britain.
The i30 N will be Hyundai Motor’s first high-performance model, It’s based on the current Hyundai i30 but is being re-developed “from the ground up” to deliver maximum fun on road and track.
‘N’ FOR NAMYANG – OR THE ‘RING
The ‘N’ stands for Namyang, Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Centre – but could also be for Nürburgring, one of the most demanding race tracks in the world and home to Hyundai Motor’s European Test Centre.
The stylised ‘N’ resembles a chicane, the ultimate driving experience on winding roads.
WATCH the Hyundai i30 N prototype in action.
UK testing was intended to fine-tune and check the development of the car’s adaptive suspension and various drive modes. Albert Biermann, head of high-performance development at Hyundai, told The Corner in a media release:
“We’re getting closer to the final development stage. The road tests check if the driving performance of our first Hyundai N can meet our customers’ requirements. We must make sure, on these challenging UK roads, that the driving performance is also suited to everyday use.
“There are plenty of fun and challenging corners out here – the N Team loves corners!”
A perhaps more-stringent test will come at the end of May 2017 when two near-production i30 N units will enter the Nürburgring 24-Hour powered by a two-litre turbo engine with a six-speed manual transmission – the powertrain and transmission that will be used in the production i30 N.
The race will give Hyundai Motor’s engineers valuable insight about necessary refinements and potential performance enhancements for the i30 N ahead of its launch later in 2017.