It’s no secret that the roads in the UK are not the best – in fact some of them have craters so big that it makes the Grand Canyon look like a small pothole. I encountered a pothole near my home a while back that was so big you could probably build a Stately home in it. Anyway, my point is, that the UK roads are a good place to test a car’s ride.
Swapping Ice Lakes For Dodgy Tarmac (And The Nurburgring)
You may have read that the i30 N recently went through strenuous testing on a frozen lake in Scandanavia – now it’s time for something a bit different. The Hyundai development team is now putting the fortcoming i30 N – the Korean brand’s first performance model – through its paces in the UK to make sure that the ride is the best possible when it hits the UK market.
As well as UK road testing, two close-to-production i30 N models will take part in ADAC Zurich 24-hour race at the Nürburgring and will be powered by a 2.0 litre petrol engine fitted to a 6-speed manual. The race will give the Hyundai engineers to tweak any changes needed, so the finished product ought to be good.
“We are getting closer and closer to the final development stage of the i30 N,” said Albert Biermann, Executive Vice President and Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development at Hyundai Motor Company. “The road testing serves to check if the driving performance of our first Hyundai N high performance car can meet our future customers’ requirements. We have to make sure that on these challenging UK roads the driving performance is also well suited to everyday use. There are plenty of fun and challenging corners out here – the N Team loves corners!”
You can even check out a video of the brand’s UK testing right here: