The 24 Hours Nürburgring race punishes cars over a grueling 25 km circuit, challenging them to go the distance and travel as far as mechanically possible over the course of 24 hours. This unforgiving track set deep in the forests of Germany is known as “The Green Hell.”
Since 2016, Hyundai Motor Company has participated in the 24 Hours Nürburgring race (officially known as the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race) held in Germany. In this year, on May 12~13, the i30 N TCR took on the endurance race and finished for the third consecutive year.
The pair of Hyundai Motorsport-built cars finished an impressive second and fourth in class in treacherously wet conditions. The strong performance showed both the pace and balance of the i30 N TCR. As the i30 N TCR is based on high-performance i30 N, Hyundai improves and upgrades high-performance N vehicle by using the data and know-how from the experience of the endurance race.
Hyundai demonstrates high performance technology. Hyundai ranked overall 90th when taking on the 24 Hours Nürburgring race in 2016 with i30 body and i30 N powertrain. With i30 N, Hyundai ranked 50th last year raising expectations for the future of the high-performance line. This year, we finished 35th overall proving the performance and reliability of the car.
Engineer from Hyundai's Namyang R&D Center participated in the race as driver for the second consecutive year, to gain real-world experience directly contributing to the technological development of N, resulting in cars made by engineers with real driving knowhow. Additionally, the race served as a test bed to verify the driving performance and durability before the start of mass production.
Under the slogan ‘Feel the Feeling’, Hyundai is de veloping high performance vehicles that customers can resonate with emotionally. Using the data and experience we’ve gathered in this race, we will de velop fun-to-drive vehicles that will deliver racing track fun to customers during their everyday driv ing.Executive Vice President and Head of High Performance Vehicle & Motorsport Division Thomas Schemera
Hyundai i30 N Completesthe Grueling 24 Hours Nürburgring RaceIn 2017, Hyundai Motorsport participated in the 24 Hours Nürburgring Race with two i30 N developing cars. These two entries competed in the SP3T class for 1.6 to 2.0 liter turbo charged engines. The cars, No. 92 and No. 95, completed 135 laps and 105 laps respectively, during the course of the 24-Hour Race period without any technical difficulties. The only setback was an accident damage to the rear of car No. 95, that required repair. “The 24-Hour Race at the Nürburgring was a real success for us. The two i30 N entries completed the race without any technical issues and we are extremely happy with the performance and durability of the cars.” said Albert Biermann, Executive Vice President and Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development at Hyundai Motor Company.
The High-Performance N ModelComes Face-to-Face with “The Green Hell”In 2016, for the first time ever, Hyundai Motor participated in the 24 Hours Nürburgring race (officially known as the 44th ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race) held in Germany from May 26th to 29th, with all competing cars successfully reaching the finish line.The grueling race is known for pushing vehicles to the limit, and it spurred the development of our high-performance N models. The race was especially significant as the pervious generation i30 vehicles competing in the SP3T class were equipped with the same 2.0-litre turbo engine being developed for use in the high-performance N, and by completing the race we proved just how well the engine performs. Furthermore, a wealth of race data enabled us to take our high-performance engine technology to an even higher level. Albert Biermann, Head of Vehicle Testing & High Performance Development said, “This race was a meaningful event that gave us important, key insights into the development of our first model of high-performance N, and we will do our best to develop a car that not only offers excellent performance but also brings drivers the fun of driving.”