The Korean manufacturer will enter three cars in the annual endurance classic, which takes place on the 15.8-mile Nordschleife circuit. Together with two production-based cars (an i30 1.6 Turbo and a Veloster), it will also field a 2.0-litre turbocharged i30 to test the engine and overall powertrain of its imminent i30 ‘N’ hot hatch.
Hyundai is currently busy prepping cars for the iconic Nurburgring 24-Hour Race later this week, and the photo reportedly shows a development racing version of the i30 N.
Sporting a wide and aggressive aerodynamic body kit, the development car also gets flared wheel arches, an integrated front splitter and a large rear wing.
We say ‘at least’ because official figures are yet to be published – this is still work in progress, after all – but Hyundai has released a video of the engine on the test rig, and at 6000rpm, its producing numbers to worry not just the Golf GTI, but Ford’s Focus ST and the Peugeot 308 GTi. Promising stuff.
Hyundai says that 40 per cent of the i30 N development car is completely new, with the majority of work occurring within the engine bay, transmission upgrades, changes to the suspension and dampers, as well as the steering, safety features and wheels. There’s also a pumped wide-body aero kit. Check out the video below for some insight into the engine’s development.