24 Hours of Nürburgring 2016
The high-performance N model comes face-to-face with the "Green Hell"
Hyundai Motor did not perish in the “Green Hell”: Hyundai Motor Deutschland participated in the 2016 Nürburgring 24-hour Endurance Race (officially known as the 44th ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race) held in Germany from May 26 to 29, and saw all of its competing cars successfully reach the finish line.
This is even more significant as the 2.0-liter turbo engine – which is currently undergoing development for application in the high-performance N model – competed in the SP3T class for the first time under the hood of the i30, and succeeded in completing the race.
Grueling driving conditions at the legendary Nürburgring
The Nürburgring 24-hour Race for which 2016 marks the 44th edition of the event taking place – sees cars circuiting a track as many times as possible in 24 hours. The course was around 25 km long. The competing vehicles race the track at top speed without pausing to rest, and are ranked after the total driving distance has been measured. Over 20 classes compete in the race, categorized based on engine displacement and other standards. The race is famed for the spectacular sight of some 150 cars competing at the same time in a single race.
A total of 159 cars participated in the Nürburgring 24-hour Race 2016 and out of these, 104 cars finished the race (a finish rate of 65.4%). The Nürburgring circuit, where the race is held, is characterized by huge differences in altitude, steep curves and other harsh conditions that have given the circuit the nickname “Green Hell”. The Nürburgring 24-hour Race is known to have a finish rate of only 50-60%.
Hyundai’s i30, with an N model as its beating heart, successfully finished the 24-hour race
The race in which Hyundai Motor participated was held from Saturday, May 28 at 3:30 pm until Sunday, May 29, 3:30 pm (local time). More than 185,000 spectators came to watch the race. Out of the Hyundai models that participated in the race, the Veloster with a 1.6-liter turbo engine came first in the SP2T class and landed in the 65th position overall. In the SP3T class, the i30 with a 2.0-liter turbo engine successfully finished the race and ranked 90th, whilst the i30 with a 1.6-liter turbo engine finished the race in the SP2T class and ranked 97th.
Participating in this race for the first time, the i30 2.0 Turbo is not a production model but a model under development. Nonetheless, it managed to successfully finish the race in the SP3T class. The exterior looks just like the i30, but at its heart beats a 2.0-liter turbo engine which is being developed for the first high-performance N model, to achieve an output of over 245 hp. There were several accidents in the first part of the race due to the heavy rain, and the race had to be stopped for three hours before resuming. In light of these harsh conditions, it is quite a significant achievement for a model still under development to complete the challenging 24-hour race. The development vehicle took the chequered flag after 24 hours in 90th position in the overall rankings. It completed 91 laps at the gruelling racetrack, representing a distance of 2,309.39 kilometres at racing speed and recording the fastest lap time of 9:55.636 minutes, which even broke the 10-minute barrier.
Extreme testing of the high-performance N model during the 24-hour Race
Our participation in this race was truly meaningful as we were able to learn some important lessons that will be useful for the continuing development of the first high-performance N model.
From as early as the development stage, the high-performance N division has participated in extremely demanding races, where unpredictable situations often arise, in order to gather various data and to maximize the potential of the N model by testing and improving the technologies required to achieve high performance as well as parts performance.
With the experience from the Nürburgring 24-hour Race 2016, Hyundai Motor will continue its efforts for the development of the high-performance N model. Speaking about the race, Albert Biermann, Vice President of the high-performance vehicle development department expressed his thoughts saying, “this race, where the car has to drive under extremely harsh conditions, was just perfect to test and improve the performance of the 2.0-liter turbo engine that we are currently developing for the N model”, and added that “our participation in this race was truly meaningful as we were able to learn some important points that will be helpful in the on-going development of the first high-performance N model. And it’s not just about the car’s excellent performance; we’re also going to do our best to make it fun to drive.”
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