The new performance initiative N is the driving force behind the future of high-performance engines under development at Hyundai. Much like the other motorsport sub-brands, such as BMW’s M motorsports division, N’s engine program take the new direct-inject 2.0 Turbo engine to the next level. Their first initiative comes in the form of the i30 N, becoming the test mule for this entirely new engine, as it made its first motor-racing appearance in the Nürburgring 24h.
“The endurance race at the Nürburgring is the toughest race in the world. It’s the perfect environment for testing the resilience of our new turbocharged two-litre engine with direct fuel injection under extreme strain,” said Albert Biermann, Head of Vehicle Test & High-Performance Development.
Rumor has it that this little four-banger is pumping out approximately 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque to all four corners, which allowed this resilient engine to power the i30 N to a sub 10-minute lap time of 9:55.636 minutes around the Nürburgring. Taking the checkered flag after a grueling 24 hours, and finishing in 90th position in the overall rankings.
“We are on a very good way regarding the design of our first N vehicle. In the process of developing high-performance engines, the highest possible horsepower output is not the top priority. Instead, the engineers focus on maximum driving pleasure and driving fun without compromising the every-day-usability,” added Albert Biermann.
Insight into the development of this engine and program is kept under tight wraps. The i30 N is scheduled to appear in 2017 and we a can’t wait to inform our readers what this Korean-based company has planned for the future.