Hyundai will be seen racing two production-based models – i30 1.6 Turbo and a Veloster, as well as the development car in the form of the i30 2.0 Turbo. While the i30 1.6 Turbo will be looking to defend its 2015 class win, the i30 2.0 Turbo development car will gauge further performance potential ahead of Hyundai’s future ‘N’ models.
To prove it has what it takes, Hyundai is reportedly competing in this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours race with three cars, two production models and a prototype. The production cars will be the familiar i30 1.6 Turbo (Elantra) and a Veloster while the prototype is an i30 N hot hatch sporting a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
‘The technological inspiration and experience gained from this extreme testing will accelerate our development of high-performance, fun-to-drive N models,’ explains Albert Biermann, Hyundai Motor Head of Vehicle Test and High Performance Development.
“This will be something very approachable for a wider amount of customers to bring some new experience enthusiasts and get young people attracted to our brand. I think the relation of fun to drive to cost will be very very good,” Biermann said.