Hyundai has announced plans to run the i30 2.0 Turbo development car during this year’s Nürburgring 24h race.
Joining the i30 1.6 Turbo and Veloster production-based models, the i30 2.0 Turbo development car will tackle the very challenging German circuit which has no less than 73 corners. All of the cars set to compete in the Nürburgring 24h race will have to complete around 150 laps on the 25.4-km track, totaling no less than approximately 4,250 km (2,640 miles).
Behind the wheel of the i30 2.0 Turbo will be Hyundai test driver Bruno Beulen who is also in charge of the company’s endurance tests at the Nordschleife. During the race set for this weekend, Bruno is going to share the seat with Michael Bohrer, Alexander Köppen, and Rory Pentinnen. Hyundai says that while obtaining a strong result is important for the company, the main idea behind the decision to run the development car during the endurance race is to help optimize the brand’s future N-branded performance cars.
The first of the bunch will be the i30 N that we have spotted testing numerous times at the ‘Ring where Hyundai has its Europe Technical Center and a 3,600 square feet testing facility. The hot hatchback is set to employ an entirely new turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine which required about 40 percent of the entire R&D work.
The engineers also have to upgrade the i30’s transmission, suspension, dampers, along with making some tweaks to other areas of the car. These include new wheels, optimized steering, wider fenders, beefier brakes, and other improvements to make it a true performance car.
It’s not known at this point when the i30 N will be out, but it’s unlikely to be released this year. With the next i30 pinned for a 2017 launch, there are some chances of seeing the spicy N version being based on the next generation, even though all test mules spotted so far had a modified version of the current car’s body.
Hyundai is not saying a word about the engine’s output, but the RM15 concept had a 2.0-liter T-GDI with no less than 300 horsepower (220 kilowatts) at 6,000 rpm and 283 pound-feet (383 newton meters) of torque at 2,000 rpm. The i30 N might not be as powerful as the concept, but it will definitely have well over 230-240 hp taking into account the 1.6-liter T-GDI has 204 hp in the Kia cee’d GT (186 hp in the i30 Turbo).
Hyundai is not the only South Korean car manufacturer getting ready to spice up its range with a true performance model. Recent spy images have shown sister brand Kia is also working on a high-powered car that was previewed by the rear-wheel-drive GT concept.