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Hyundai closer to finalising i30 N after competing in Nurburgring 24-hour race

Two close-to-series production Hyundai i30 N models competed in the Nurburgring 24-hour race on the weekend, with both cars completing a total of 240-laps between them (6000km) to prove the “race-track capability and durability” of the upcoming i30 N series model.

The weekend test brings Hyundai one step closer to finalising the development of the i30 N. The two i30 N entries were said to be “close to series production”, and competed in the SP3T class (for 1.6-litre to 2.0-litre turbocharged engines). Both cars were said to have completed the race without any technical difficulties, with the only issue being some minor damage to the back of the No. 95 due to a small incident. The No. 92 i30N finished fifth in class out of 14 contenders, and in 52nd place overall out of 109 classified finishers.

Executive Vice President and Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development at Hyundai Motor Company, Albert Biermann, said:

“The 24-hour race at the Nurburgring 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.

“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.”

To get the i30 N models ready for the 24-hour race Hyundai focused on driver safety. Both cars were fitted with a FIA homologated roll cage, a fire extinguisher and a race seat. To make sure braking and grip was optimum both cars were fitted with “racing tyres and race brakes”. Aerodynamics changes included a front splitter and a rear spoiler to help increase downforce.

The Hyundai i30 N is set to go on sale in Australia this year, and will be Hyundai Motor’s first dedicated performance model under the N sub-brand. The 2.0-litre turbocharged i30 N will reportedly come in two variants, one of which will produce 186kW while the other a more sporty 205kW. Buyers will be able to choose from either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, however, the manual model will be the only option when the sporty hatch is launched with the automatic unit reportedly set to be introduced sometime in 2019.

Hyundai has said ‘N’ stands for Namyang, Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Centre in Korea, and also for the Nürburgring, home to Hyundai Motor’s European Test Centre.

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Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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