front view of i30 N is running on the track of 24-hour race

Nürburgring
24-Hour Race

Honing high-performance N at “The Green Hell”

The Nürburgring 24-Hour race punishes cars over a grueling 25 km circuit,
challenging them to go the distance and travel as far as mechanically possible
over the course of 24 hours. This unforgiving track set deep in the forests of
Germany is known as "The Green Hell."
overlook of the track of green hell
overlook of the track of green hell

2017 i30 N
Nürburgring 24-Hour

Nürburgring 24-Hour Race 2016

Nürburgring 24-Hour Race 2016

Hyundai Motor takes
on the challenge

Since 2016, Hyundai Motor Company has participated in the Nürburgring
24-Hour race (officially known as the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race) held in Germany. In the last race, on May 27-28, the i30 N competed to finish the race for the second consecutive year.

left side view of the speeding i30 N on track
left side view of the speeding i30 N on track
a car on a race track
front view of pit crews are checking the racing car

Finishing the Nürburgring
24-Hour Race
With a close to
Road Car

Using the same powertrain and almost all the same parts as the production i30N,
we only modified the vehicle to meet the minimum safety requirements for participating in the race.
Yet Hyundai still came out ahead of other manufacturers who used heavily modified race configurations.
left side view of i30 N in the pit stop
front view of pit crews are checking the racing car
a car on a race track
front view of speeding i30 N on track

The i30 N
ranked 4th

in SP3T class and 50th overall, demonstrating superior performance and raising expectations for the future of the high-performance line.
rear view of some i30 N are running on track
front view of speeding i30 N on track
the group photo of engineers from namyang take part as drivers

Engineers from Namyang R&D take part as drivers in the Nürburgring 24-Hour Race

Engineers from Hyundai's Namyang R&D Center participated in the race as drivers, to gain real-world experience directly contributing to the technological development of N, resulting in cars made by engineers with real driving knowhow. Additionally, the race served as a final test bed to verify the i30 N's driving performance and durability before the start of mass production.

the group photo of engineers from namyang take part as drivers
Participation in the Nürburgring 24-Hour race of 2017
  1. left side front view of testing i30 N in the workshop
    1. Production of race car

    Used safety and racing equipment based on the i30 N
    mass-production vehicle

  2. left side front view of i30 N is front of other racing cars on track
    2. VLN 1st, 2nd Round

    Participated at the Nürburgring
    Result : 3rd in class

  3. left side front view of i30 N is running to the finish line
    3. Qualification

    Participated at the Nürburgring on 22~23th Apr. and final adjusted

  4. left side front view of i30 N is front of other racing cars on track
    4. Finals

    Date: 27th~28th May.
    No. 92 : 50th overall, 4th in class
    No. 95 : 95th overall, 9th in class

right side rear view of i30 N is running on track
With the Hyundai i30 N we want to offer a car that
feels direct, responsive, and predictable and that performs well on the track without compromising everyday driving capabilities. Most importantly the i30 N should
be fun to drive for everyone.
- Albert Biermann -
Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development
right side rear view of i30 N is running on track
The high-performance N model comes face-to-face with the “Green Hell”
  • In 2016, for the first time ever, Hyundai Motor participated in the Nürburgring 24-Hour race (officially known as the 44th ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race) held in Germany from May 26th to 29th, with all competing cars successfully reaching the finish line.

    The grueling race is known for pushing vehicles to the limit, and it spurred the development of our high-performance N models.
    The race was especially significant as the pervious generation i30 vehicles competing in the SP3T class were equipped with the same 2.0-liter turbo engine being developed for use in the high-performance N, and by completing the race we proved just how well the engine performs.

    Furthermore, a wealth of race data enabled us to take our high-performance engine technology to an even higher level. Albert Biermann, Head of Vehicle Testing & High Performance Development said, “This race was a meaningful event that gave us important, key insights into the development of our first model of high-performance N, and we will do our best to develop a car that not only offers excellent performance but also brings drivers the fun of driving.”

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