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.

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HYUNDAI MOTOR RUNS THREE CARS AT THE NÜRBURGRING 24H RACE INCLUDING i30 2.0 TURBO DEVELOPMENT CAR

  • Hyundai to conduct performance powertrain production trial at iconic endurance race
  • Hyundai i30 2.0-litre Turbo development car is one of three cars to contest the race
  • Nürburgring 24h race is part of the development of motorsport-inspired N models

High Wycombe, 24 May 2016 – Hyundai Motor will run three cars at the iconic Nürburgring 24h Race, taking place from May 26 to 29, as part of the company’s motorsport-inspired development of its high performance sub-brand ‘N’. Hyundai Motor will race two production-car-based models - i30 1.6 Turbo (#133) and a Veloster (#134), as well as the development car i30 2.0 Turbo.

The i30 1.6 Turbo will focus on defending its 2015 class win, while the i30 2.0 Turbo (#102) development car will concentrate on enhancing understanding of performance technologies ahead of Hyundai Motor’s future high-performance N sub-brand models. The i30 2.0 Turbo will run to tackle the challenging German circuit in an intensive test of the new performance-focused powerplant.

“This Nürburgring 24h race provides the ideal test bed for our motorsport-inspired N sub-brand development and a key part of our ‘born at Namyang, honed at Nürburgring’ performance-car ethos. 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.

Around 40% of the development i30 2.0 Turbo is new with its newly-developed engine, plus enhanced transmission, suspension, dampers, in addition to upgrades in other areas as wheels, steering, wider fenders and the safety features that are obligatory in motor racing. The URL for the video clip containing more information on the 2.0 Turbo engine is as follows: https://youtu.be/BVmY3t2SjHE.

In September 2015, Hyundai Motor presented the prospect of its future performance N sub-brand models focused on delivering maximum driving pleasure to true motoring enthusiasts. With this goal in mind and as part of the ‘born at Namyang, honed at Nürburgring’ programme, development engineers and technicians have, for several years, carried-out ‘accelerated endurance tests’ with its production cars and now use the Nürburgring also for intense tuning of the N high-performance vehicles.

The development car that will compete in the Nürburgring race was built for Hyundai Motor by race car designers and Hyundai dealership - Schumann. The two other Hyundai Motor racing cars already run were also designed and built by the Schumann motorsport department. 

Hyundai Motor has its own 3,600 square metre testing center at the Nürburgring operated by the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center. 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 meters, 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 simulates more than 150,000km in typical daily traffic.

Cars competing in the Nürburgring 24h race will complete some 150 laps on the 25.4km circuit – resulting in a total of 4,250km of extremely grueling driving. The Hyundai i30 2.0 Turbo will be raced by one of the test drivers who also carries-out Hyundai Motor’s endurance tests at the Nordschleife: Bruno Beulen. He will alternate at the wheel of the car with Nordschleife specialist, Michael Bohrer, as well as Alexander Köppen and Rory Pentinnen.

While the Hyundai Motor team is keen on achieving a strong result, the core focus of the development car is to gather motor-racing experience to enhance future mass production of N sub-brand performance cars.