If you are a motorsports enthusiast, you probably would have heard of Hyundai’s N division. How the letter comes together is the brand’s roots in Namyang, where the heart of Hyundai Motor’s global R&D network and how they further hone the vehicles at the Nürburgring. The curved lines in the letter N also represents the corners on a racetrack where a car can be pushed to the limit.
This year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours race marked Hyundai Motor’s fourth consecutive year of participation, which saw its full lineup of high-performance vehicles. The Nürburgring circuit is best known for being one of the most challenging tracks in the world. The 25 km course consisting of 73 corners, tight roads, various elevation, and sharp turns. The race record is calculated based on travel distance for 24 hours, which puts each competitor’s drive performance and durability through the ultimate test.
The Veloster N TCR (touring car racing) placed 2nd place and 45th place each in its class and in overall ranking. The i30 N TCR placed 3rd place and 94th place in its class and the overall race respectively. The driving performance of the vehicle was spot on at the Nürburgring circuit, showing its remarkable durability in the TCR class.
In the V2T class, the i30 Fastback N, entered to highlight Hyundai’s development of the class, ranking 97th place overall, further accentuated the company’s outstanding race track capability with all vehicles successfully completing grueling 24 Hours Race.
“The Hyundai Motor’s outstanding performance in the Nürburgring 24 Hours Race proves the company’s performance vehicle capability.” Said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Product Division, Product Operation & N Sub-Division at Hyundai Motor Group. “We hope to bring this experience straight to the every-day driver, to share the excitement, through the N brand.”
Hyundai began its journey at the Nürburgring 24 Hours Race in 2016 with the Hyundai i30 2.0 Turbo development car, placing 90th. In just one year, Hyundai began closing the gap between its competition when the Hyundai i30 N came in 50th in 2017. Last year, 2 i30 N TCR vehicles finished at 35th and 58th, displaying constant improvement in the high-performance sector. With its excellent performance in 2019, Hyundai Motor consistently showed off improvements in driving capability and vehicular durability, which the company aims to apply to its passenger vehicles.
While demonstrating strong racing capabilities, Hyundai Motor also highlighted the ‘N’ brand’s presence by providing a hospitality event to global 300 N guests with an exclusive N experience. Under the name of ’24 Hours of Hyundai N Experience’ with the concept of ‘N Homecoming’, Hyundai celebrated N brand’s return to the root of its name ‘N’, derived from Namyang, Hyundai’s global R&D center, and Nürburgring, home to the Hyundai Motor European Test Center. The hospitality experience included a driving academy with various of Hyundai N models, helicopter tour, backstage tour, and celebration BBQ dinner.
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