Mission accomplished: Hyundai i30 N models completed the grueling Nürburgring 24-hour race

  • Last weekend two, close-to-series production, i30 N models accomplished the hardest durability test in the world, the Nürburgring 24-hour race
  • Combined both cars completed 240 laps, equating to 6,000km, proving the race-track capability and durability of the i30 N series model
30 May 2017 – Hyundai Motor is one step closer to finalising the development of the i30 N after completing the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race at Nürburgring last weekend. The two close-to-series production models accomplished a total of 240 laps, which equates to 6,000km 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 track-capability of the i30 N series model in the most challenging race in the world."

The two i30 N entries, close to series production, competed in the SP3T class (for 1.6 to 2.0 litre turbo charged engines). The cars No. 92 and No. 95 completing 135 laps and 105 laps respectively during the course of the 24 hour race period without any technical difficulties. The only setback was accident damage to rear of car No. 95 that necessitated repair.

Car No. 92 finished 5th in class out of 14 contenders, and in 52nd place overall (out of 109 classified finishers) - an astonishing performance given that 51 cars out of the 160 initial starters had to retire before the end of the race.

i30N completes Nurburgring 24hr race

The Nürburgring circuit length for the 24-hour race is 25km combining the infamous Nordschleife and parts of the Grand Prix Circuit. Thus the cars completed together 6,000 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 legendary race is a festival for all motor sports enthusiasts, with over 205,000 fans descending on the Nürburgring during the course of the weekend. In the paddock area Hyundai Motor’s N Fan Truck offered fans the chance to re-fresh and follow the race on the livestream.

For participation in the 24-hour race the two cars i30 N entrants were modified focusing mainly on the drivers’ safety, featuring a FIA homologated roll cage, a fire extinguisher and a race seat. For enhanced grip and braking performance the i30 N were fitted with racing tyres and race brakes. Additionally the vehicle’s exterior design based on the new i30 production model was fitted with a front splitter and rear spoiler to enhance aerodynamics, increasing downforce.

The Hyundai i30 N will be Hyundai Motor’s first high performance model under the N sub-brand. The ‘N’ stands for Namyang, Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Centre in Korea, and for the Nürburgring, home to Hyundai Motor’s European Test Centre. The ‘N’ logo resembles a chicane, representing the ultimate driving experience on winding roads

i30N completes Nurburgring 24hr race