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• This weekend the two close-to-series production i30 N models accomplished the hardest durability test in the world -the Nürburgring 24-hours race
• In total, both cars completed 244 laps which equals 6000 km proving the race-track capability and durability of the i30 N series model
• Hyundai Motor’s first high performance model will be launched in Europe this autumn

Hyundai Motor is one step closer to finalising the development of the i30 N after completing the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race at Nürburgring this weekend. The i30 N is Hyundai Motor’s first high performance car that will be launched this autumn. The two close-to-series production models accomplished in total 244 laps, which equals more than 6000 km on the track, proving that Hyundai Motor’s first high-performance model N is truly race-track capable.

“The 24-hour race at the Nürburgring was a real success for us. The two i30 N completed the race without any technical problems and we are really 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. “With only slight modifications on the two cars, we could really prove the capability of the i30 N series model in the most challenging race in the world.”

The two cars competed in the SP3T class (1.6- to 2.0-litreturbo charged engines). Although one car ( No. 95) had an accident with damage caused to the rear that needed repair, both cars (No. 92 and No. 95) completed 135 laps and 109 laps respectively during the course of the 24 hours race period without any technical difficulties. Each lap equals 25 km combining the Nordschleife and parts of the Grand Prix Circuit, so the cars completed together more than 6000 kilometres under the toughest race conditions in the daytime and at night, delivering valuable insights for the car’s chassis, engine performance and overall durability.

The i30 N (No. 92) finished 4th in the SP3T class out of 10 contenders (out of 12 initial entrants) and in 50th place in the overall ranking (out of 109 contenders) – an astonishing performance given that 51 cars out of the 160 initial entrants had to retire before the end of the race, as well as the wide field of competing race-cars with higher performance.

The two cars were equipped with a 2.0-litre turbo-charged petrol engine in combination with a six-speed manual transmission. The same powertrain combination will be applied in the Hyundai i30 N series model. For participation in the 24-hour race, the two cars were modified with the primary on the drivers’ safety – an FIA homologated roll cage, a fire extinguisher and a race seat were all fitted. For enhanced grip and braking performance the i30N cars were also fitted with racing tyres and race brakes. Additionally the vehicle’s exterior design based on the New Generation i30 series production model has been fitted with a front splitter and rear spoiler to enhance aerodynamics and increase downforce.

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