SEOUL, May 25 (Korea Bizwire) – In one of Hyundai’s more ambitious efforts to develop its high-performance N models, the company has announced plans to compete in the 2016 Nürburgring 24. The Nürburgring 24, which will celebrate its 44th anniversary this year, is a race in which vehicles compete on the 25km circuit for 24 hours. The winner is determined by distance travelled. The race will take place from May 26 to May 29 at the Nürburgring motorsports complex in Germany.
There are over 20 race classes, determined by engine capacity, and about 150 vehicles will compete at the same time.
The Nürburgring circuit is also known as “The Green Hell”, infamous for its elevation differences and hairpin curves. Less than 60 percent of the racers usually get to complete the full race.
Hyundai is expected to field an i30 with a 1.6L turbo engine, a Veloster turbo for the SP2T class, and a new 2.0L turbo N model for the SP3T class. The new N model is expected to have the exterior of an i30 but feature the new 2.0L turbo engine, which Hyundai intends to use for its future N model.
Hyundai announced its plans to develop a new high-performance ‘N’ brand at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. It has since regularly participated in various races to experiment and further upgrade its technology and performance.
“We want to push our technological capacity to the maximum,” said a Hyundai official. “So we have been experimenting through motorsports of diverse nature. And we plan to use the experience to develop our high-performance N brand.”
By Kevin Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)