Hyundai has successfully tested a newly-designed turbocharged engine, which is to be installed in the first of its N performance models. The engine was installed in the Hyundai i30 2.0 Turbo development vehicle, which was running in the Nürburgring 24h Race.
"The endurance race at the Nürburgring is the toughest race in the world," explains Hyundai's head of vehicle test and high performance development Albert Biermann. "It's the perfect environment for testing the resilience of our new turbocharged two-liter engine with direct fuel injection under extreme strain."
Since the new engine is currently in the development stage, Hyundai is reluctant to share any performance details or specifications, saying only that it runs on "super petrol."
The race on the Nordschleife circuit was also the first motor-racing appearance for the i30 2.0 Turbo. In addition to testing the engine, a number of other components were changed especially, including the suspension and shock absorbers, the wheels, steering, fender extensions and safety components.
Biermann says that, even with engines designed for high performance, achieving the highest possible horsepower output is not necessarily Hyundai's top priority. "Instead, the engineers focus on maximum driving pleasure and driving fun without compromising the every-day-usability."
The i30 2.0 Turbo finished in 90th position out of 160 competitors in total. It completed 91 laps and a total distance of 2,309 km (1,435 mi). The findings from the test will inform the design of future Hyundai engines.