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2018 Hyundai i30 N makes Australian motorsport competition debut

Before the upcoming Hyundai i30 N hits an Australian showroom the highly-anticipated model has continued its engineering development by making its Australian competition debut at the iconic Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst.

The “heavily disguised” i30 N prototype competed in the Nulon Hill Climb and Super Sprint events, driven by Australian tarmac rally specialist and Hyundai WRC test driver, Brendan Reeves.

Hyundai engineers took the opportunity to integrate MoTeC data acquisition and display systems. Hyundai says part of the testing work involved “monitoring and developing the way the plug-in MoTeC dash unit talks to the i30 N”.

i30 N buyers will be able to connect a MoTeC dash and access displays and information similar to those found in the Hyundai i20 WRC rally car. Features will include lap timing, performance information, data logging, custom graphical page layouts, and video overlay data solutions.

Both the Hyundai World Rally Team and Nürburgring 24-hour Motorsport Team currently use MoTeC hardware and software for their high performance racing applications.

Hyundai Vice President and head of the company’s N performance division, Albert Biermann, said:

“We do a lot of testing at the Nürburgring Nordschlieffe, but there are also other very challenging race tracks out there, and one of the most challenging is Bathurst here in Australia,” said Mr. Biermann.

“It’s a very good experience to drive here at Mount Panorama and include the data we gather into our tuning that we will continue in Europe. I think the right driver on this track would have a lot of fun with the i30 N.”

Hyundai says that several i30 N prototype vehicles have been “undergoing secret testing in rural Australia” since January 2017. The tests have included included hot weather endurance testing as well as rigorous quality and performance evaluation.

“The i30 N is designed to be a hot hatch that will be very much at home on the race track, so validation testing at Mount Panorama was a key part of its global engineering development programme,” says Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Operating Officer, Scott Grant.

“But that’s just half the story,” he said. “It has to work well on our uniquely challenging roads, too, so local testing and evaluation is critical, especially as Australia will be one of the largest markets for this car globally. The results have been very impressive and personally I can’t wait to see how Australian enthusiast drivers respond to this great little hot hatch.”

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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